|Last picture without a trach.|
|First picture with a trach.|
The scratches on her cheek are from the tape that had to be removed and reapplied
to hold the cannula to her face.
No wonder she was completely pissed off.
|Rough night the following day. Laying on her left side to help open up her right lung.|
Part of it was sticking together.
Up crying all night because she couldn't breathe even with a ventilator.
|The next day. A much better day.|
The little yellow earmuffs help keep sounds out.
Ms. Ainsley "My Way or I Refuse to Breathe" Knepper likes it quiet.
The lowdown right now is: REST AND GROW DAMMIT! Ainsley has been mostly on room air - it is great that she doesn't require additional oxygen! Her vent settings are okayish - they've been able to lower her respiratory rate, but the pressure going into her lungs (which is called PEEP if you care) is at 9, which is rather high. I guess 5 is the PEEP equivalent of room air - it's the normal pressure when you just breathe and don't act like a premature drama queen. She's been spitting up quite a bit lately so it's possible that she'll need the Nissen surgery afterall but we're waiting that out for now. The big problem she's having is morphine withdrawals and hopefully that will pass in a day or two.
I got to hold her for about 40 minutes last night, which was pretty much amazing.
Tonight is a rare Date Night, and so I'll get to talk to Mark for more than 5 minutes and maybe we will possibly discuss something other than what's for dinner, how Ainsley is, or how Olivia is. Plus there will be beer so that's also exciting.