So they decided NOT to close her chest today. Due to the fact that they inserted such a large conduit and it's still to close to the sternum, they couldn't close the chest. Also, when they close the chest, a patient can become very sick again, so they want Evanna in as good of shape as possible so she's better prepared for the reaction from closing the chest. There is a slight chance that they may not close it until Friday, but so far talks are to close it tomorrow.
Today they took her completely of nitric oxide (which is a good thing), but she's still in a bit of pain, so whenever the morphine and painkillers begin to wear off, she begins to destat (oxygen levels drop), and the Respiratory Therapist has to come over and suction her endotracheal tube and bag her for a few minutes until they resume their normal limits (I promise it's not as scary as it sounds).
Evanna's lower limbs are no longer cold, and they are able to control her temperature with Tylenol and Advil. It's not considered a "fever" because her white blood count remains within normal limits. The fever is just due to her systematic inflammatory response syndrome reacting to surgery.
She continues to be on Lasix to continue to "dry her out" and she barely has any blood drainage from her chest.
Overall, other then a few minor dips, she continues to be stable.
xo The Irvine Family