Madeline’s doctors say that she is showing positive progress. She is still heavily sedated with pain medication, but was awake and responsive a few different times yesterday. Because she’s still intubated, speaking is impossible, but when she’s awake she’s communicating through facial expressions and “lip syncing.” She even gave a thumbs up yesterday morning when she awoke to news from her nurses that the Patriots are going to the Super Bowl.
Jim, Colleen, and Mike sat with her for most of the day and during the few minutes when she was awake, shared with her just a sampling of the thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes that are being sent her way. She was visibly overwhelmed by the amount of support from all of you.
Yesterday she was weaned off of some medication that was helping to control her blood pressure. She was seen by her transplant pulmonologist, the transplant surgeon, and a physician's assistant whom she had seen during her appointments last Tuesday. All were very happy with the progress that Madeline has made so far. Right now, she is back in the OR where they are cleaning out her chest cavity and closing up her incisions. Jim, Colleen and Mike are hoping to see her later this afternoon.
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!