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.