Last Monday, the 16th, at about 1:00 p.m., they let us out of the hospital. Dr. Albers wanted to consult with the pulmonary team, because Carla's right lung still had some atelectasis, as well as some fluid. Atelectasis can happen especially after a heart surgery, and is defined by the Mayo Clinic as: "a complete or partial collapse of a lung or lobe of a lung..." Luckily, for us, the pulmonary team thought that we did not have to keep her in the hospital, because she had been on room air for over 24 hours, and still saturating in the 90s. We were so relieved to be discharged, because when you are well enough to be out of the hospital, it is extremely difficult to remain hospitalized! Carla was very "over" the whole thing and just ready to have a little "normal" in her life.
|Getting ready to go!|
|Getting ready to wheel her out!|
After being home for a while, and bathing, we noticed the birthday presents Grandma Sue and Grandpa had left for her, as well as a box of goodies from our friend, Reva, and her family.
|Opening a card from Aunt Diane :)|
|Presents from Grandpa & Grandma!|
|Look at these cool Bluetooth speakers!|
|She's a cool cat, like her shirt!|
On Thursday, we decided to drive back to LaConner, WA and check out the Tulip Festival!!! We had gone there, I think the week before transplant, and saw daffodils as far as the eye could see! We were told that the Tulips would be blooming in April, and we had planned on taking my Dad & Sue up there to see them (before we got the call). While we were in the hospital, I decided that we needed a selfie stick, so that we could get a picture of all three of us with all of the tulips. I ordered it online and looked forward to taking our first pictures with it, at the tulip fields...
|Trying out my new "selfie" stick on the way to Tulip Town... I had to make sure it worked.|
|Isn't that AMAZING!!!|
Friday morning, we had to be back to the hospital for an 8:00 a.m. echo, followed by a 10:00 cardiologist appointment. We went for the echo and then came home (we are just a couple of blocks from the hospital). Carla had second breakfast (gotta love steroids) and I had breakfast. After that we went and saw Dr. H. She thought Carla's lungs sounded coarse, and so wanted a chest x-ray. We told her that Carla had actually been doing really well with her breathing exercises and that we thought her lungs had improved, but she didn't believe us, and wanted the x-ray anyway. Turns out we were right, her x-ray looked quite a bit better and there was no longer fluid on her lungs. Woo hoo! She is still clearing junk out of her lungs, and she does still have less breath sounds on the right than the left, but she IS improving :) We told Dr. H that Dr. F said that we could skip Monday's cardio appointment if everything looked ok on Friday. Dr. H decided to go ahead and let us skip Monday's appointment, as we will be doing labs Wednesday morning, and then be back again for an echo and cardiologist appointment on Friday, the 27th. Carla does have physical therapy on Monday at 11:00, but at least we don't have to wake up super early and rush off to the hospital for that. With the appointment at 11:00, we will have time to actually enjoy the morning, and we are hoping to walk to the hospital. :)
Carla has to take 18 pills at 9:30 a.m., 11 pills at 4:30 p.m., and 11 pills at 9:30 p.m., plus 4 puffs of Albuterol, 2 puffs of Atrovent, 2 puffs of Flovent every day at 9:30 a.m., and 9:30 p.m. PLUS, swishing and spitting Nystantin 4 times a day (totally gross and prevents thrush) AND doing breathing exercises to make her cough (which hurts like hell) as many times a day as we can get her to do it. And, I have to take and record her blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturations morning and night as well. So, she's still having a less than "normal" life. But, we are so incredibly grateful for this 3rd chance at life for her, and so excited for what her future holds. She has been busy writing her fan fiction books (the girl's writing block has lifted and the creative juices have been flowing!)
We will have to start her up on school work again this coming week, but it has been nice to let her have a little time to recover too. We are hoping to visit actual home soon. So, let's keep our fingers crossed that the docs think that will be alright. We miss our family and dog, as well as all of our belongings.