This was one of those step backwards days. We had hoped to be without tubes and monitors and making advances to being released. Instead they found through the early morning x-ray that Louise has a partially collapsed lung on her right side caused by the continual build-up of fluid in her chest cavity. They not only left all of the tubes in but they put the right one (that hurts so much) on suction again to try to drain her chest faster. She has been trying to suck on this gizmo that helps exercise her lungs but as hard as she tries she can't get it too far up. Her lung capacity is going down rather than up. It affected her when she tried to stand or walk. She only made one lap because the therapist noted that her pulse was up to 145 as she was walking. Her heart is working too hard. So she really didn't get up any more during the day. She had to wear the oxygen in her nose most of the day. She spent most of the afternoon in the chair which is about all she could do.
And yes we are still in the intensive care unit. I called it the intensive-not-there unit. I couldn't find any nurses all day so I was in charge. I did things there I never thought I would get to do. I know where every piece of linen is, how to fix every alarm and where all the be pans are. I won't go into all of my chores for the day but suffice it to say that I'm going to offset my large hospital bill from Good Sam with one of my own that I submit back to them. Mary Lee Nelson, our ward Mayo nurse, would be so proud of my nursing skills.
Louise did eat more today. She loved their thick soup and ate her whole bowl. She ate many other soft foods and is certainly making progress in that area. Who knows what will happen tomorrow but we are praying she can move forward again and her lungs will improve. That's the latest scene from General Hospital. Signing off.