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.
As often as possible, we'll try to update this page to let you know how Madeline is doing and where she is in her fight for new lungs. Visit often!