Hello! They came to wake Alexa up for a chest X-ray about 5 a.m this morning and she fell asleep after, so in the quiet of the morning I began typing a nice long update but unfortunately it did not save. Hate when that happens. Now it's almost 11 p.m and just getting around to trying to update again. So here is kind of a summary of the last few days.
The first night after surgery is always the most critical and thankfully Alexa did great! All the her blood gases were beautiful and stable through the night. In the morning Alexa started getting lines pulled left and right and she even got her chest tube out! The only thing left was a couple of IV's being used for pain meds. She also stood up and took few steps. She was doing so great that by the afternoon they moved us to step down cardiac unit. I was happy but apprehensive.
By the time we got over to our new room, she was looking a little more pale, weak, in pain and was desating a bit during sleep. All these issues were addressed and she did much better the next day. She went walking a bit more, even went to playroom down the hall with her wonderful little brother. Movement is very important in the the healing process so keeping her pain in check so she wants to move around is a priority. She also ate a little bit more, so Thursday again was a good day overall until the night. She began refusing to take her meds because of the awful taste, frequency of doses and they were upsetting her stomach. I was able to get some things changed to chewable forms and she has done much better with those. By the night we could tell she was having bit of a harder time and feeling emotionally drained
In sorry but I'm nodding off really bad so just wanted to post this quick update. Hopefully I can finish more tomorrow. Hugs and love to all. On a good note discharge has been brought up already! :)