I have to say, If I repeat myself...deal with it. I had two hours of sleep, but my eyes still burn. Julie is much more responsive now. From the beginning she would squeeze my hand when I would ask her to but it was extremely light. Now its much more of an attempt to squeeze. She has been heavily sedated all day, but it seems as though her mental response is there. I know she won't remember a lot of this but its nice to have a quick response from her from the beginning. She has asked a few questions/made a few statements:
Can I blow..."my nose" we filled in
I am thirsty.
Did Ice chips? (She wants ice) The breathing tube is drying her mouth.
Did they had to put me on bypass?
And here is the classic one written to her dad:
Are you in a hurry?
Let me write then.
She is as spunky as ever. I am loving that. I still can't get over how pink her lips and fingernails are. She looks so good and is fighting well. I told her "whatever you are doing to fight through this, it is working." Her heart rate is down to around 68-70, O2 saturation @ 100, she is on 40% O2 with her ventilator with a pressure support of 16. It was at 12, but her PCO2 levels were in the high 40's so they turned that up. Dr. Cahill wants those PCO2 levels around 40-45. Her respiratory rate is in the mid 25-30 most of the time. I can see about 11 pumps that are administering pain meds, antibiotics, an anti viral medicine and an anti fungal medicine. A lot of this is preventative, some is necessary of course.