Nov 12, 2008
Mia is doing well and seems to be resting. She has built up in immense resistance to pain meds. The nurse on duty told us that the nurses call her rock star. At first I was thinking it meant that she was tough or well loved, but then realized that it's because she can handle large quantities of drugs and still maintain a level of alertness. Mimi is the same way. It happens when a resistance is built up from having strong pain meds for long periods of time.
I was up in her room until about 2 a.m. last night just enjoying watching her toes and feet flex. What a gift we have been given. One thing that Mia does is put her right fist against her cheek. I think this must be the best thing she can do for comfort. She also will randomly start sucking on her lower lip-we could watch this for hours. A parents love for a baby is a powerful thing.
In a few hours they are going to remove the second of 3 draining tubes from Mia's chest. This one goes all the way up to the top of the incision (by the looks of the x-ray) so I'm sure she will be much more comfortable with the tube out(this is no small tube). Then we will have one more drain tube to go. They started her on a very small amount of milk this morning. They are also beginning to ween her from the ventilator by turning it down in small increments so Mia takes more of the workload. It is amazing how everything changed immediately after surgery. Heart rate down, saturation great, no more fevers. One miracle after another!
Posted crazily by John Boy at 1:50 PM