She had a pretty good night and a very hard early morning. She slept pretty well, and at about 5, they started to get her ready to take out the tubes draining her chest. This was done with versid, so I am hoping she won't remember it all, but it was very painful. She is sleeping again. Having the tube out will ultimately make her much more comfortable, but she was hurting when she went back to sleep at 7 am. She was very brave, but it is hard to see it hurt so much.
They will continue to add and taper off a variety of meds working on anti-rejection and immunosupression. THey are weaning her off oxygen and the morphine. Without the tubes she will be able to get up an walk more.
Interestingly the heart is still settling in. Without nerve connections, apparently the feedback is very differnet and it adopts its own rythm. The doctors say her heart rate of a 100 is normal for a new heart, and it will settle down a little as it gets used to its new home.