Monday, December 7, 2009
One Day at a Time
Briana's sixth day on ECMO. Not much new to report, things are pretty much the same as yesterday. Briana is still on the medicine to keep her arterial duct open, Prostaglandin, which is what I couldn't remember yesterday. She has been getting Lasix throughout the day, and that is helping her to pee away some excess fluids, which will also help relieve some of her hypertension. They did not do another echocardiagram today like we thought, but as the nurse explained to us tonight, that is ok. I guess we were under the impression they were waiting for an echo to determine that the pressure in the heart was coming down, but they know that it is getting better because they hear a louder murmur with the stethoscope. As it was explained, Briana is only requiring 20% of the oxygen they are currently giving her, so in laymans terms, (which the more tired I get, are the only terms I am able to understand), she is doing exactly what they want her to be doing. One day at at time. You take as much time as you need Briana. We are not going anywhere. I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be a good day with some improvement.