Miss Mia had her chest tube placed last night and the result was bloody fluid. Gross, huh? It isn't fresh and is not related to her eating. That I am told is good news. The best "guess" as to why it developed is that it could be due to irritation from respiratory therapy working to get secretions out of her lungs. She had a full blood work up and everything looked good so we may not get a solid answer for why it is there. It is starting to run clear so that is also good news.
I love that she is finally returning to her "old self" don't get me wrong but it has brought its own set of "challenges." Her sleep schedule is a wreck! She barely sleeps here in the PICU and if she does it is in 10-20 min increments. She is so tired but the constant activity is keeping her wide awake. She is also managing to wiggle around just enough to end up at the end of the bed. She is crabby and who wouldn't be with all that she has been through? She is obsessed with trying to get all of her wires out and has succeeded more than once. Today I actually had the nurse restrain her left hand after she pulled the cannula out of her nose numerous times.
I am trying so hard to be patient with all that is happening. I am desperately searching for any amount of light at the end of this very dark tunnel. As I type this post the respiratory therapist just listened to her and said she hears more diminishment in her left lung and the doctor has ordered another chest x-ray. I am teary eyed and bracing myself once again for what this could possibly be and ultimately mean to her recovery process.