I don't think I could even begin to cover the details of what has happened over the past few days, so let me try to summarize the highlights:
- Baby has been completely weaned off at least one medication and is being slowly weaned from several others. She's lost more than a pound and a half of retained fluid.
- At separate times, each lung has collapsed. The doctors have inserted chest tubes to help eliminate the air in her chest and they have repositioned her onto her stomach.
- She is beginning to show reflexive actions, such as trying to raise her fists to her mouth.
- Her ventilator has been changed and they've dropped her oxygen from 100 to the mid-forties (I think that's percent, but I'm not certain).
- She's been diagnosed with low thyroid function and has been or will be started on a synthetic hormone.
- Mama has started singing to her, which calms her down and improves her levels (as visible on the monitors).
- Finally, the medical staff seems to be more hopeful. Mama sent a message today that for the first time the doctor used the phrase "long term" when referring to her care.