NEWS FLASH: Maddie willingly took her medications today! Fervent, heart-felt prayers work, folks. How else can you explain being able to finally reason with this stubborn girl??
Her pain finally got the best of her late last night and early this morning, so not only did she willingly swallow the absolutely necessary medications but she also took the oxycodone pain reliever, another one she had refused and puked up earlier this week. Doesn’t she look more peaceful in the picture above?
Today has been so much better all around. She’s still on the pacer and still has underlying junctional ectopic tachycardia (JET) rhythms in her heartbeat, but they’re hoping those are starting to resolve now. Her potassium levels are up and she’s eating and drinking like a champ. She’s sitting up more and starting to use her right hand to feed herself.
Our friends and awesome neighbors, plus Grandma Tuki and Aunt Melissa, came to visit today. We celebrated her victory over the oral meds. We cheered her bravery. Different neighbors stopped by last week (and brought me dinner!) as well other friends over the last few days. These visits remind her that people haven’t forgotten about her. Even though she’s not responsive when they come, I know it lifts her spirits. I know they’ve lifted mine.
She’s “blown out” all of her peripheral IVs and her arterial line which is awful but overall alright because she doesn’t need them for medications anymore. However, she may have had some infiltration, which means that the fluid leaked out of the vein and infused into the surrounding tissue. Not good. Her left arm and left leg (where former IV lines were placed) are swollen, tender, and causing her a fair amount of pain. Poor, poor peanut.
Despite this, she’s still progressing. We’re hoping that her left and right drainage tubes will come out after the weekend. Hopefully, she’ll be moved to the regular recovery floor soon after. Looks like our Friday goals are being met.
Check, check, and check!