Another waiting day today. They didn’t try to take the tube out– perhaps tomorrow. We’re ok with that; we don’t want them to have to put it back in again once they pull it out.
We learned a few specifics in a good conversation with one of the ICU docs. She has some fluid on (not in) her lungs, owing to all the fluids they’re pumping into her. This is normal, and they’re giving her a diuretic to help her kidneys process it all. There’s already less fluid than yesterday. There are no signs of inflammation anywhere. Her heart and all other organs are fine, doing exactly what they expect.
In the next day or so they’ll start a delicate process of weaning her off some pain and sedation meds, while still managing her discomfort. She’s getting morphine, which slows down her breathing, so they don’t want to do that forever. But again, everything is going fine, no cause for concern.
That’s the medical side. On the parent side, today was harder. It feels less like she’s recovering and more like she’s in a coma, although that’s not true. There’s not the obvious forward progress we would love to see, although the doctors are completely happy. Even though she has no idea we’re there with her, we feel guilty and torn every time we leave.
So pray for her continued and quickening progress, and pray for us in the meantime. We are tired and fragile, but grateful for all the good news. Pray that the good news, not our worries and fears, will stay in the forefront of our minds.