Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009


We've been blessed with Charlotte for 3 weeks already - I can't believe how fast it's gone. It seems like less than a week ago Patrick and I were heading to the ER.

Today was a pretty good day, although, she basically undid everything I posted yesterday. Her weight dropped to 1 lb 15 oz (hopefully she got enough rest today to regain that ounce) and her upper right lung was once again collapsed on this morning's x-ray.

However, Dr. Frei and the nurses did transition her from the oscillator back to the regular vent, which means they are able to continue reducing the sedatives she was receiving. It's so nice to see her squirm again! The nurses reposition her regularly so she doesn't spend all of her time in one position, but this afternoon she had enough energy to reposition herself - usually not to a position the nurses preferred.

On the same day she was put on the oscillator, Charlotte had been put in "contact isolation" due to a suspected staph infection. This meant that anyone who touched her had to wear gloves and an extra gown. Today the doctor determined this was not necessary, and it was wonderful to be able to touch her again without a latex barrier.

Tomorrow brings the first of September and one day closer to taking Charlotte home.

1 comments on "Monday, August 31, 2009"

Melvin on September 7, 2009 at 8:52 PM said...

Sounds like Charlotte is getting on the right path. I still feel for her and wish she didn't have to go through all she has been through. She will be a tough little lady when she gets done with the hospitals and gets home. Later, Mel

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