Sunday, February 1, 2009

24 hours

It has been an amazing 24 hours. She hated having the breathing tube in, and struggled with that all morning. However, about 1:30 they took out the tube, which is amazingly fast. She was really relived and much more comfortable. She really really wants something to drink, but her digestive system is still affected by anesthetic, so she needs to go very slowly. She was able to make some small jokes, and after the tube was out we got some smiles. All of her data show she is doing great; the heart is working fine, and her other systems are strong. In fact, she is a bit of a phenomenon on the ICU; no one can believe she is recovering this fast. Right after they took the breathing tube out of her, a nurse stopped in her tracks, did a double-take, noticed Emily was missing her intubation tube, and asked if Emily really already had it out after less than 24 hours, we responded yes, and the nurse said, "She's a rockstar!"

ALthough recovery is going well, she has a long way to go. Moving hurts, and she needs to keep breathing deeply to keep her lungs working well. They are working on pain management, and being unsedated so early means she is thirsty and hungry and unable to start taking anything. We hope she has a quiet night. Aunt Susie is with her right now, letting us sleep.

Thanks for everyone's support. She really is a superstar, she is working really hard and is one tough kid.


Jolene said...

Rock on SUPERSTAR!!!!!
Jerry & Jolene

Coach Kristi said...

Why doesn't it surprise me that she is recovering at a record speed? I have always envied her strength and determination. Way to go girl! Your story is nothing short of amazing!

m.wynn said...

Ahhhhhhhh awesome! I'm so happy the surgery went well and you're recovering so quickly! I've been following the blog for the last week or so, and I'm so happy for you! If you're still thinking about make-a-wish maybe you should take a plane tour of Shishalden! hahaha Well, origionally I was looking at flights over Everest, which I don't really know if you have any interest at all in that, but it sounded fun, and then I saw that you can take hot-air balloon tours of the Himalayas, too!
Like I said, I don't know if that's something that interests, you, but the Himalayas may be a bit more realistic than a remote, active volcano in Alaska, but I wouldn't know! Must be fun! hahhaha Couple ideas anyway... Good Luck with everything!
p.s. I could not figure out how to draw an ish-fish on the keyboard. sorry :)
p.p.s Anyone who is not Emily reading this is likely to not get it, but ask her! It's an inside joke! :)

J&CWendell said...

She's a tough one we look forward to many more Thanksgivings with you and your family. Your in our prayers. John,Courtney,Drake & Silas

Hummels said...

she takes after her parents! does she have a breathing pump to use to help keep her lungs clear? Can she have ice chips??? just take one day at a time Em, we're all fighting with you

clements said...

We have been so happy to receive the good news.

Today was "Super Hockey Sunday" at the Clements house. Emily, we miss your graceful jumps and blazing slap shots. "We'll leave the light on."

Unknown said...

Emily, those foot massages on the porch toughened you up, didn't they? Way to REPRESENT!

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