"Maybe if I don't see you,
you can't see me!?"
Lily is still battling her collapsed right lung. She receives physical therapy three times a day to get her out of bed and moving, as well as several sessions with the Respiratory Therapist where they beat on her back with "cups" in order to break up the gunk in her lungs. Throughout the day, the nurses program Lily's bed to rhythmically inflate and deflate, which pounds on her chest as well. Lily is still on the oxygen cannula, and requires it to be at 100% in order to maintain a comfortable oxygen saturation.
A few other causes for concern are that Lily's sodium level is extremely low. After forcing her to take 3 teaspoons of sodium three times a day, which she would promptly throw up, Papa brought a couple packs of Ramen Noodles and Soy sauce to see if that would do the trick. Lily did a great job eating lunch, and her sodium level raised slightly. However, we took a few steps backward after dinner when she threw up her meal. Lily is also receiving potassium throughout the day, as well as IV fluids in order to maintain the adequate volume that her body seems to require at this point in time. Of course that means that our Little Miss is carrying around 6 lbs of excess fluid in the body that makes her feel pretty lousy. Our sweet girl often tells me that she has owies in her eyes from all of the fluid pressure.
So, what does all of this mean? It means that Lily has won herself an extended stay in the Cardiac ICU! We will take each day as it comes, and celebrate the small victories along the way.
Like Mommy and Papa being able to hold their baby again.