Another Surgery Down
Madeline went into surgery late this morning to close the incisions in her chest. Her medical staff reports that the procedure went well. Shortly after she returned to her room in the CTICU, a team came to take a chest X-ray. Within minutes, the transplant pulmonologist came and reported that the chest X-ray looked "very pretty."
The medical team has begun to wean Madeline off of nitrous oxide which is being used to expand the vessels so she can get more oxygen to her lungs. When she no longer requires nitrous oxide, they will begin to wean her off of the ventilator. Assuming all goes well, that process will hopefully be complete sometime this weekend.
Madeline has made slow, but steady progress over the past four days and reached another important milestone in her road to recovery today. She began to receive nutrients through a feeding tube that goes through her nose and directly to her stomach. The last solid meal she ate was late Friday afternoon (veal parm -- one of her favorites!), so with the major surgeries behind her and an increasing level of sustenance, we’ll hopefully start to see her energy return.
While she spent most of today sleeping and medicated post-surgery, Madeline’s eyes flew open when her nurse told her, “Jim is here!” She was awake a few short times during Jim, Colleen and Mike’s visit, although clearly still affected by the anesthesia from this morning’s surgery. However, she still showed her patented positivity. Jim brought a picture of Jack, Danny and Matty announcing the impending arrival of their new sister, and when he showed it to Madeline, she lit up. When her nurse asked who was in the picture, Madeline mouthed, “My boys!”
While visiting with Madeline, her family has been sitting by the foot of her bed, wearing disposable gowns and spend most of the time reading, working, and reading all of your comments. They hope that Madeline will be more alert and responsive tomorrow as the sedatives begin to wear off.
1/24/2017 10:15:48 pm
Thanks for the updates. Our prayers and thoughts are continuous. Any chance the "veal park" on Friday was from Twin Oaks?
1/24/2017 10:27:35 pm
Wonderful news on Madeline's continued recovery. Prayers continue unending.
1/25/2017 04:40:03 am
I am praying for her every day! She is such a courageous woman!
1/25/2017 06:20:05 am
This is what I look forward to every morning, reports about Mad doing better and better every day. Praise God for His love for Madeline. I will be praying for her every day
1/25/2017 07:15:49 am
Updated news sounds encouraging, continued prayers for her and your family!!!🙏🙏🙏
Mary Beth Flynn
1/25/2017 08:10:19 am
God Bless. I wake up thinking of you every day. I'm so glad each day moves forward and you got this. Prayers for you and your family.
Joan and Pat
1/25/2017 08:18:59 am
Good Morning, Reilly Family! We LOVE hearing wonderful news about Madeline's road to recovery! Please keep the positive progress reports coming and we'll keep sending all POSITIVE thoughts and prayers. We LOVE all of you!
Lynn and Martin
1/25/2017 08:28:21 am
So happy to hear the great progress. We continue to pray for a speedy recovery. Please give madeline our love. Prayers and thoughts to all of you..xoxo
1/25/2017 08:31:42 am
Awesome, we are all thinking about her!
1/25/2017 08:42:13 am
So glad to hear this update! Thanks for the information- I'm so happy for your family!!
Molly And Dave
1/25/2017 09:35:54 am
So happy to hear this great news! We are thinking of you all and love to hear the positive updates on the blog.
Diane M Lukowicz
1/25/2017 08:13:58 pm
Thanks so much for the update! My prayer is that Madeline will be holding a baby in a Rhode Island hospital in late June! xxxooo
1/25/2017 10:46:32 pm
The Cronin family sends best wishes and prayers for a complete recovery! Im keeping my parents updated so thanks so much.
1/26/2017 09:02:06 am
So happy for all of you that each step is progressing in the right direction, prayers continue. Hang in there everyone. Thanks for the updates...she is a constant thought in my mind.
Gaii Higgins Fogarty
1/26/2017 12:01:05 pm
Ed & I continue to pray for you & your family for your recovery. Great news.
1/26/2017 06:17:43 pm
We are happy to hear Madeline is doing well. Our prayers are with her.
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