Now we are experiencing lung issues. It has been there but we thought it was getting better. The cloudy lungs can mean a few things 2 of which are easier to fix however one of those two would need an explanation of why it happened in the first place. Maybe a mucus plug developed and this can be taken out and clear the lungs. The second is a collection of moisture that can be sucked out with a needle through the abdomen but why did this happen. The third is pneumonia, which we would have to wait more days for it to clear. She did have a CT scan late in the day so we will get the report in the morning.
She did get a little bit of air out of her mouth today but not enough to say a word or make noise. This is better than zero air movement that we had yesterday. After talking to the ENT doctor he said it wasn’t worth trying until they change the tube to one without a cuff. I’m starting to get it. The cuff is like a balloon that they can inflate and deflate in the throat around the tube. They keep it inflated so air doesn’t escape around the tube. They will not put in the tube that doesn’t have a cuff until she can go all day and night without the ventilator. The tube without the cuff will allow her to talk. Kathryn is breathing well without the ventilator. She is taking short shallow breaths and they would like to see longer deeper breaths. Short quick breaths will tire her out and has. She is also scared she will not be able to breath.
She had PT today. She actually started off on her own doing all the exercises given to her yesterday. She is a good student. She did extras too. Then the PT and OT people came in and got her to sit up on the side of the bed. Tomorrow the goal is to stand up. She is still plenty strong. She is more nervous than anything.
We are being well fed here (the family). The clinic has given us food vouchers which have been very helpful. Scott’s sister and family brought us stir fried rice one day. Richard’s girlfriend’s Mom brought some nice snacks and Carol’s Mom has too. Our niece Janice has brought us Pizza twice from the Rock and Lovey from camp brought us delicious sandwiches tonight. Thank you!