Post Transplant – Day 5

Anya was visibly tired all day yesterday.  Partly because the three times that we went to see her in the ICU, they gave her some pretty strong anti-anxiety drugs (Ativan & Clonazepam) right before we got there and more importantly, she was on the trach collar for almost all of yesterday.  As a matter of fact, she was still on the trach collar last night when we left around 9:30pm.  That was a solid 12 hours and she was SAT’ing fine, so her new lungs are working great.

If she’s still on the trach collar when we get back there this morning, she’ll be on it for the 24 hours required to get her out of the ICU.  That is our immediate goal.  I’m hoping that we’re either back at Kindred or in one of the rooms in the Dunn Tower (where we were when we initially arrived in Houston) by Wednesday.  I think having a private room will allow her to get some much needed rest.

Other than being on the trach collar for almost all of yesterday, nothing else really happened.  Sundays in the hospitals are generally down times for everyone, since not all of the doctors are there all day and they don’t like starting things that can’t be fully monitored throughout the day.

Anya’s blood work is still very good.  Her white blood cells count is coming down (15,500).  Her hemoglobin is going back up (7.7), which means that the bleeding is slowing.  She still has one chest tube in her.  The nurse said that she has an “air leak”…I’m not exactly sure what that means, but she said that it would probably take another day or two before that tube comes out.  Her kidney function is great.  All other levels are on normal.

At this point, I think it’s just going to take some time for her to regain her strength.  Being on the ventilator for so long, she needs some time to recondition the muscles that help her breathe.  All in all though, she is progressing well, albeit slowly, but slow and steady wins the race, right?

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