It is December 27th at noon and we are still in the ICU. Kathryn did not pass the 4 am breathing test. She did ok but the breathing was too shallow. They tried the test again around 9:30 am but she fell asleep so they stopped it only a few minutes in. Another breathing test at 10:15. She did very well for a long time with just a little bit of assistance from the pump. When they turned it way down she still was breathing fine but it became more shallow and hence didn’t pass the test. It was a good exercise for her lungs to work pretty much on their own. She was taken completely off of all pain meds and sedatives for this last test. During the other tests they were reduced to almost nothing. She did great off of the meds but then wanted to be back on the pain med around 11:45am.
It must be so uncomfortable to have all these tubs and wires. Yesterday they had 5 IV pumps working and a breathing machine. Now only two pumps are running but all the IV needles are still in. Of course those don’t come out until you get released. She is able to wipe her own face. This is really good because it shows that she is aware of the tubes and knows not to tug on them. She is very aware and answers all questions with nods. She can’t speak because of the breathing tube. I’m sure she will be so happy when that tube is gone. Maybe tomorrow.
Her blood work is looking good. The only thing that seems to be going down is her platelet count. This has been an on going problem since the first of November. The doc said we can always give a transfusion so he isn’t too worried about this. Hey, it just may need to be a weekly deal.
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