Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lucy Kate Update IV

Lucy didn't have any major setbacks last night, but she started to have an increase in the amount of fluid from her chest tube drainage. Over the past week, the fluid has been more serous, which is transparent in color. Late last night, the fluid turned more pink in color, which contained blood. Eventually it was red. There was concern where the excess fluid was originating from. Several chest X-Rays later, the fluid near her right lung inside the pleural cavity had completely disappeared.

Today, the plan is to completely wean her off nitric oxide, decrease her oxygen levels and respiration rate on the ventilator and continue to aggressively move forward.

We're finally getting closer to extubating her and weaning the paralyzing and sedation drugs.

We can't wait for her to be awake again.

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