Slow day today.
I slept at home, and got in at around 9:40am. Sarah didn't sleep well again
overnight, her O2 saturation levels kept dropping below 90%
because she wasn't breathing deeply enough in her sleep, and that causes an
alarm to go off. So she was pretty flat when I first got in, but she picked
up as the day went along, and was fairly chirpy by around 11am.
The doctor came by and explained the photos that we've been
given, so I'll have to try and regurgitate all of it and update the
captions. Her lungs are still looking a bit suboptimal. The third lobe on
the right lung isn't inflating well apparently. They said something about
there being some fluid as well, although the nurse said she can't hear
All that said, she spent a lot of time in a chair today, and her
O2 saturation levels have been the best they've been since she
was in the ICU. So good, that they're trialing having her off oxygen while
she attempts to take a nap as I write.
Her blood sugar levels are settling down. I think they're still slightly
elevated, but not to the point that insulin is required. She only needed
insulin with lunch yesterday, so it definitely looks like it's improving.
She's already been on her three walks today, by 4pm. An occupational
therapist came by, and went through the sternal precautions again, and
showed us how to get in and out of bed without putting undue pressure on the
sternum, and Sarah's been getting out of bed unassisted from horizontal
since. Her pain has been quite manageable.
So while today started out looking like it was going to be a small backward
step, I think it's still a good move forward. Sarah's continuing her
breathing exercises, so I'm sure her lungs will sort themselves out in the
next day or two. I guess they'll take another chest x-ray this afternoon,
although it's getting a bit late in the day.
Sarah's starting to get a bit of cabin fever, but I think today's been
pretty slow, in part because we deferred having visitors on account of her
being not up to it in the morning.