Got here early to see Drew, and his poor night nurse is still here. Andrew is taking care of him and doing a great job, but they are short-staffed so he is staying on until 11 am. Drew looks good today. He doesn't really look swollen. His stomach does look thin to me, but Dan pointed out that he hasn't eaten in two days, so I guess that makes sense. All his vitals look good. When the doctors came in to do rounds they were pleased with how things are going, but there is some fluid under his right lung so they are inserting another small drainage tube (a pigtail) right now to remove that fluid. The other two chest tubes haven't been putting out much fluid since last night, so that is good. He is still breaking through the sedation, but not as often. He did wake up a little bit this morning and looked like he was trying to sit up and reach for us, but he calmed back down and went back to sleep and they gave him more medicine. They will try to extubate him today or tomorrow, but I'd be happy if they wait til tomorrow so he can stay more comfortable. I put up a picture of him today so the nurses and doctors can see what he really looks like and that he's a real person and not just a patient. Oh, Dan noticed the last name of the intensivist and it turns out he went to high school with his sons, and his mom taught them math! So now that we have a connection with him, hopefully he'll take even better care of Drew!
Here's a couple of pictures for you.
These are all the IV meds Drew is on. Each one of those little pumps at the top are a different medication. The ones I could read are: milrinone, fentanyl, versed, dopamine, epinephrine
This is my sweet boy today. He got a cool Cars no-no. If you're wondering if he's cold with no blankets, he is, but they want him on the cool side for a while after surgery. He's still laying on the cooling blanket.