Today Hana’s chest X-ray looked the same and when they listened to her breathing they thought they heard less breath sounds than yesterday. This is a bit discouraging to me but I suppose it could still take weeks to get her lung expanded. Some of that will depend of how quickly her enlarged heart can decrease in size. It could be that her left lung has been collapsed so long that it will not fill back up with air. Hopefully not.
Hana is doing well today. She has had moments where she is very alert and awake, yet calm. She likes to stretch her arm above her head. They turned off her epinephrine, increased her feeds to 5mL/hour and they took out one of her chest tubes. Her Heparin therapy is going well. They did have to increase her Nitroprusside because her blood pressure has been too high. They are also having a hard time keeping up with all her electrolytes because of all the diuretics Hana is getting.
Today they got Hana’s antibodies blood work back. Hana has type A blood. It turns out she has lots of antibodies to type B blood so she would not be able to accept a heart from a type B donor.her HLA antibodies came back pretty high. They will test her again in a few weeks because this can be high due to a number of things Hana has had done recently. If her numbers don’t com down then she will have to start a medication to suppress the antibodies. This made me nervous and even feel lightheaded.
We had to take down all the decorations in Hana’s room because they moved her down the hall. We are going to hang up a green paper cut out Christmas tree to tape on the wall. Hopefully we can get some “ornaments” to tape to it as well.