Thursday, November 29, 2007

Chest Tube Issues

Got the CT scan done today. Haven't heard official results. There's some kind of pocket of either blood or fluid between her sternum and her heart. One of the chest tubes goes up to that spot, so we're not sure why it's not draining. Maybe a chest tube clogged. Her chest tubes are set up so that there are two tubes coming out of her belly and they tie into one tube that drains into the box. Tomorrow they're going to give each of the two tubes its own box to drain into so they can tell if one of them is draining the most. If one isn't draining, they can remove that one, and they might try to unclog the one that's going up underneath her sternum if they think they need to. She still has quite a bit of pain in her chest. She's supposed to be walking quite a bit, but she finds it pretty uncomfortable to stand up straight, so she's not really wanting to walk. She's been really sleepy the last couple days, and they came in tonight to say they're going to give her a blood transfusion because her hemoglobin has been decreasing quite a bit over the last few days. Hopefully that will take care of her sleepiness and fatigue. And hopefully it will help her jump into homework - she's feeling pretty overwhelmed right now. I tried to give her a pep talk about taking baby steps. It was pretty funny, she was getting really sleepy every time she'd try to work on homework - Dr. Cordes, the rounding cardiologist this week, came in during that time she was fighting sleep and he said, "Well, yeah! That would happen to me every time I tried to study philosophy!" Ha! She has been unusually unsociable these past few days -- I'm hoping the blood will help her feel quite a bit better.

Really not much more going on. They're not saying anything about going home yet - they're working on the chest tube issue.

I guess that's about it for today. They're continuing to put up more Christmas decorations. So pretty!

Good night.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep on keeping on! We love you and continue to pray.
Mike, Nancy, Angela & Andrea

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you both rest well tonight, and hopefully, the chest tube will get fixed and the transfusion will pep her up a bit. Wish we could come visit. Erica has been home the last two days with a stomach no one from our house is even getting close to Riley at this point. Prayers, prayers and love your way.

Robin, Jim, Erica, Emily and Lyndie

10:39 PM  
Blogger Nana in FL said...

Sorry you are having trouble getting some rest--that's hospitals for sure! We are all praying each day that God will fix the problems with the tubes. I also hope that the transfusion will help pep you up!
You are becoming quite famous in our school. The kids and their parents are praying for a miracle to give you some relief from pain and to get your heart working better. You are such a sweet young girl and we know God loves you very much! He will help you--just trust Him! Love,
Nana Marj

11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie & Bailey-

We hope today will get you back
on your feet a little (Baby Steps)!
Prayers are being sent your way.

Much Love-
Mark,Dee,MaKayla,Matt & Michael

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Bailey & Angie:

You two getting to come home would really help me get a little Christmas spirit. So far I've only shopped for the two great grandsons. The only gift we really need is for Bailey to be able to come home (I suppose you would be coming with her). You really need to give Riley two weeks notice that you're leaving. Looking forward to joining in the Vickie Dance, wagging our tails and piddling on the carpet !!!!!!

Love both of you, CAROL

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Carol said it best again. I love your words Carol and hope to meet you some day. My Angie girl is a special one and that Bailey doesn't fall far from the tree.

Home is all we wish and pray for you Angie and Bailey. We love you so much!

Mary Ann

12:11 PM  

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