Saturday, April 02, 2011

Close but no cigar

Mom did really well with the breathing trials the last couple days. So well, that the nurse decided to take her off the ventilator (yes, OFF THE VENTILATOR) today. She started to wake up a bit around 2:00 and was awake with clear, wide open eyes for a couple minutes. She got tired again, though, and fell back asleep. The nurse said that some people just take longer to process the sedative through their liver. Today's nurse was really great. She even pulled up her initial chest x-ray showing the pneumonia and the updated one from today. It was amazing how much fluid, gunk, whatever was in her lungs when she first arrived. X-rays of the lungs are supposed to be all black. For Mom's, only the top 1/3 was black and the bottom 2/3 was white with pneumonia. Even the part that was black had some white specks in it. So, she's going to be ready again tomorrow for another shot at getting off the ventilator (have to be off the sedative and fully awake when the vent is taken out). Yay! Can't wait to talk to my Mom. I totally miss her.

4 comments:

David said...

Hang in there. It sounds like she's on the road to recovery.

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

So glad you're getting good news each day!!

Tori :) said...

Glad to hear she's doing better. So exciting that she may be off the ventilator for good here soon. Hang in there -- love you guys!

Anonymous said...

Annie, I am so sorry to hear about your mom, and am very glad that things are progressing well for her. I didn't know - until Jen asked me what was going on. And GEEZ I live right beside them!! You can be sure I am praying hard on a daily basis that she is better soon and back over there across the field where she belongs!! Hang in there - I know you are having a tough time too. Prayers and HUGS for you too!! Jody