"Hi, my name is Jane, and I'm a paci addict."
Seriously. The girl can NOT be separated from her pacifier. And god help you if you take away her mirror before she's good and ready. Awesome Nurse Kristy tried to warn Other Nurse Donna about it during the shift change last night. Donna apparently was all, "Yes, sure, okay, whatevs." Next morning? "Whoa, you weren't kidding." You take either of those two things away and it's instant (albeit silent) howling protest.
Still no changes to her ventilator, still doing well with her oxygen needs (mostly in the 40s when Awesome Nurse Angela isn't on -- I think Angela takes it personally when Jane's oxygen needs get over 50%; it's become her mission in life to get her to room air, and she's getting close).
After all of our work to get the doctors to respect Jane's need for slow change, I'm getting mighty antsy about the fact that she's just been sitting here for a week. I mean, could they be doing something to get her off the vent without needing to go for the trach? Are we missing an opportunity? I just hate that she's vent-dependent. I hate that they're going to have to cut a hole into her. I hate all the uncertainty around this. I feel like I'm going to barf whenever I think about it for more than twenty seconds. Or maybe that's just Sarah's leftover cheapo mac n cheese talking.
Anyway, if anyone has any definitive answers, I'm in the market.