Chloe's chest tubes came out very smoothly around 10:00 this morning. Now that it has been almost five hours, she is looking much more like herself. It seems to be a big relief for her to have those out of the way! Around 11:00, she had another echo done and an EKG. Both tests looked great. The cardiologist read over the echo results and was pleased. She will get a chest X-ray Friday morning, and if that looks good and she continues to improve.....
She could go home tomorrow!
That would be wonderful for all of us. Chloe's sister celebrates a birthday on Saturday, so we could all be home together for that. Plus Chloe would like to be in her own bed. But this whole recovery process has gone so smoothly, we couldn't ask for anything more. There are children who have to stay here for weeks. We know Chloe is very fortunate to have the surgery and recovery go so well.
She took a long nap after the echo and EKG and woke up long enough to eat some soup and drink some apple juice. That is the first thing she's had to eat since supper Monday night. She had no appetite, even when they told her she could eat. It does help her appetite to be off the IV pain meds and just on oral ones. So this day has been one of good progress, even just since this morning when she was in a decent amount of pain. We'd love to get her walking the halls again later today. But for now, we are so happy just to see her smile!
(We are having some internet issues here, so although there are some new pictures to post, we'll have to try later.)