A new day. A new nurse. A new headband.
Today has been relatively quiet as Becky continues her long recovery.
Becky’s lungs sound better than her x-ray looks. They hear some breath sounds on the left side but it still sounds junky. Because the x-ray has not improved, Dr. N stayed conservative and didn’t wean her ventilator settings today. It’s important to give her respiratory support and to help keep the airways open on the left side.
Becky continues to remove her nasal cannula. This is a positive sign as it means she is more aware of her surroundings and recognizes this as a foreign object. But it does lead to frequent desaturation alarms. She has been very engaging today, cooing and making eye contact. It’s good to see her almost back to her normal, cheery self.
Becky had another echo this morning. It was lovely to reconnect with Tiffany, the tech who has been imaging Becky’s heart since 22 weeks gestation. The image of her repaired heart will never get old. I’m still waiting for the final report from the cardiologist. Her tricuspid valve appears to be leaking a bit more.
Mom and I both had some time holding Becky. This was part of her daily care plan and my favorite part of morning rounds. Mom is working on animal sounds and Becky seems to prefer the duck. She also tried to take off Mom’s mask.
The only other big development is that we ate lunch in the cafeteria while watching a snowstorm. It was a nice change of scenery. Oh, and I bought a pack of gum.
Finally, I gave Becky a little manicure today with my trusty nail scissors. Because they can perform open heart surgery but they can’t trim her nails.
Which really doesn’t make any sense.