After a rough night (or two), she is stable. She is on antibiotics and we are waiting on lung cultures. She is a little more alert now. Wednesday she was heavily sedated and on morphine but her respirations and heart rate are high so we knew she was in pain or stressed. Or both. Her vent settings are very high to give her as much support as possible.
Yesterday she was a bit more alert and calm, and was only sedated before her trach tie change. When she gets really upset she quits breathing and has a really hard time recovering.
Once she is pneumonia-free she will have a nissen so that the whole aspiration business will never happen again. Probably the week after the 4th of July.
I don't even know what to say except OMG. And that this is all really awful to watch, and stressful, and lonely.