The chest tube is not going to be replaced for now. She does still have a small amount of fluid in her lungs but the doctors are hoping it will absorb on its own. We are leaving the PICU tommrow and moving to the step down unit! Yahooo! I am still a little apprehensive about this next step given the challenges of the past couple of weeks but it is certainly a milestone to celebrate! Mia is full of smiles and laughter and the nurses and staff are constantly coming to her room to try and get a smile out of her which she freely gives unless they are touching her. We are constantly getting compliments on how adorable she is! Of course we already knew this!
I left the hospital for home until Sunday. It was hard to leave and I know I will struggle with wanting to be at the hospital this weekend but my parents and Dan are taking turns staying with her. She is in very capable hands even though the mom in me longs to be the one to meet her every need. I am really begining to feel the effects of spending 2 1/2 weeks at the hospital. I was exhausted after a few days but now I am almost delirious at times from sleep deprivation and the rollercoaster ride of emotions. Tonight Christian had a soccer game and he was suppose to be at the field at 5:30pm. I feel asleep for a little bit and woke up at 5:26pm. I asked him why he didn't wake me up and he told me he said "I tried to wake you by calling your name and shaking you but you wouldn't wake up." That is how exhausted I am and if there is any chance that Mia will be coming home in the next week I need to recover.
I am praying for a weekend of continued healing for Mia and continued strength and recovery for myself and my family. Maybe just maybe rumors will begin to swirl about us coming home!