Rounds are now complete and if you haven't noticed by now things tend to move slow around here on the weekends.
Here is the news. We still have our chest tube. Ash needs to have less than 30cc out in a 24hour period. The last 24 hours she had 80cc out. So the good and the bad of this situation? The good is that her doctors are very cautious and are not removing it too early causing them to have to turn around and put it back in. I am thankful for that. The bad? She hurts and is uncomfortable because of it. We are also stuck in the PICU until it is removed just in case it were to pull loose and allow air to rush into the space.
The resolution of Ashley's bowel is also moving slow. Until it resolves we are not going to begin any feeds. It shows that it is happening so that is encouraging, it is just happening slowly. Hopefully by the end of the week we will be able to "test" her bowel with a little amount of feeds. We won't know how it functions until we can feed it.
The surgeon on service this weekend is not supportive of us going home before she achieves full feedings. If they all feel that way then Ash and I could be here a very long time. I think I am switching my prayers to include achieving that full feed status sooner rather than later. This will be our key to getting home.
Allison's soccer tournament is going well. They won their first game 7-0. They won their second game 5-0. They will play the third game tonight at 5:00. The Tarheels will begin their first game of the weekend at 4:45 this afternoon. Blake is traveling with friends of ours and Dave will join them tomorrow evening if the guys are still in it.
Ash is very tired today. She had a restless night and actually slept in until 2:00. She is already trying to go back down for another nap. I am hoping to keep her awake by reading some books together in the rocking chair as we listen to "Anne". I don't want her days and nights to switch around on us.
So once again we proceed slowly. In some ways I feel as though we have been thrown back into those post transplant days. In other ways I can see how much bigger and stronger Ash is this year and it keeps me encouraged and looking for that quick turn around that will lead us home. Only 4 more days until Dave and the kids arrive, and we can't wait!
Thanks for remembering us in your prayers. I hope you all have a great weekend. Ash and I are going to snuggle up in the chair and start our Anne of Green Gables marathon. Take care my friends. Trish