It has been another long day but also a good, hopeful one. Chloe ended up sleeping quite a bit this afternoon and was complaining of pain. But after a very long nap, she got up out of bed and went for a walk down the hall. This was a wonderful development and something that will help her recovery process.
She was tired afterward, but she still asked to do her breathing. She needs to take deep enough breaths to give her lungs a workout. After being on bypass during the surgery and then on a ventilator, she needs to make sure her lungs are in good shape. When she breathes with this pipe in her mouth, a little yellow ball moves up with her breath. She has a target to aim for with the yellow ball so she knows if she is taking good, deep breaths. You can imagine it would not feel so wonderful to take a huge breath the day after your chest was just opened up, but she has been working hard at this, probably because she knows it will help her get discharged and head home!
Now she is ready for a good night's sleep with her new purple blanket.
We thank you for your continued prayers and loving comments for Chloe. We have felt God's presence with us and know His arms are around Chloe.