So, at this point in our journey Carla's chest tube has slowed and the color of the fluid draining is better. The low fat diet is clearly working. Thank you God! The next step is to clamp off the chest tube and see what happens. If the fluid doesn't re-accumulate then I think we will have this pleural effusion licked. They will try clamping it off tomorrow. After the chest tube is pulled we will transition Carla from heparin to coumadin. Once we transition to the coumadin and assuming her x-rays are clear of fluid we will get to go home. I am thinking Thursday, but that's just me. Bobby and Sue had to leave this morning to go home. We miss them already, but it is nice to know that we are following them home here pretty quickly.
Carla's Uncle Adam and Aunt Jennifer drove up from Boise yesterday to check on our Little Miss Toot. It was so nice to see them and very sweet of them to come. This morning we got to have a little fun with Play Doh before they had to get back on the road to Boise.
This morning we found out that we are no longer allowed to draw Carla's labs from an IV line, so we were able to take out that IV line...the bad news is that she will most likely have 2 to 3 blood draws a day...damn it anyway. Carla is already getting very annoyed at the nurses. A couple of phrases she has coined while here are "Leave me alone!" and "Go away!" She is not keen on the nurses AT ALL and with every passing day she gets more and more rude about telling them so. I can't blame her.
Yesterday we took Carla for 2 walks and a wagon ride and this morning we took her for a walk. It was amazing to see how much better she was in that one day. Yesterday she was moving pretty slow and today she was almost sprinting around. Although, last night they took the big bandages off of her cath sites, so that could have something to do with her feeling a little more comfortable. Last night her right cath incision got a little bloody and irritated looking, so we had the night nurse take the big cath bandages off. Her site bled a little bit, but we were able to clean it all up and put band aids on. She is so much more comfortable now and doesn't cry when we change her diaper anymore.
Anyway, I know that was a little bit all over the place, but such is life! Please pray that Carla Tootie will be able to be well enough to come home soon! We love you all and thank you so much for the prayers! Jen