Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tempting Fate

Jane holds steady for another day. She still gets up to 100% oxygen at times, but she's also been able to go down into the 50s -- and as our lovely new resident (or was it this week's attending?) pointed out to Tom today, that's progress! Jane's lungs are slooowly getting better! I mean, really really slowly. But still -- better!

no jinx, no jinx, no jinx

There's been a little talk about weaning her nitric. We were quick to point out how disastrous that wean has been in the past, but they really want to wean Jane off SOMETHING. Really, it's like they're flipping through her file looking for something they can adjust without causing every alarm in the vicinity to go off. She's on something like a dozen different medications and supplements that she really has to have, and they're scared of adjusting the vent (not really). So, nitric it is. We'll see how that goes.

She has NOT been enjoying her x-rays lately; they've been showing slight improvement but no real change so tomorrow they're giving her a day off. This morning her oxygen went from the 50-some% before the x-ray to 100% afterward. (Oddly, during her eye exam today -- a much more invasive and uncomfortable procedure -- her oxygen only went up a little bit. I keep telling you, she's a weird kid.) Wouldn't it be cool if they left her completely alone for once and she got all kinds of better? I'll let you know how it goes, invisible readers. If she gets below 40%, we're totally going to my brother's bar to toast our girl.

NEWSFLASH! Tom just got off the phone with Awesome Nurse Holly, who reports that Jane's oxygen is down to 47% as of 9 pm. Get ready to hoist a brew, people!


artandsoul said...

Yahoo!! 47% I think you may be on to something with the "just leave her alone thing" ... even if it's just for a few hours!

Enjoy the beer!

Karen said...

I've been loving the blog the last few days though I've also been scared to comment in case I jinx this progress but 47% - YAY! (I have to confess that I finally had to google what the normal oxygen mix is in the air we breathe to see how close she was to's 21% for those who don't know so 47% is awesome!!!) Have fun at the bar!

mommatosena said...

Keep the good news coming but only after sufficient beverages!!