So, after rough news last night, things have brightened a bit today.
Mom seemed to have a good night. Slept reasonably well and kept her stomach contents where they belonged. They did remove the chest tube last night, and the lung is looking pretty good today. Her right lung is looking great (minimal amount of fluid). Her left lung is looking much better, but still has some fluid. They want to keep her on the vent a while longer, until some more of that fluid has departed her lungs.
She's been talking to us this morning (but is sleeping right now). She's got a fan blowing on her, so it's pretty cool in her room. I asked her if it was alright for me to go get my jacket out of my car. I got a really big smile out of her. I asked if she was laughing at me for being cold, and she gave me an enormous nod of her head. It's encouraging to see her personality is intact. She's also asked a few questions that make it very clear she's still heavily medicated, but she's continuing to confirm that she isn't in pain.
So, today has been a good day so far. I'll probably not post again late this evening (like after 6:30 when they kick me out of her room). We haven't talked with the ortho docs today to learn anything more about the infection or the plans for surgery over the coming days... I'll let you know anything more that we find out in this evening's post.
Thanks for your prayers - I think all of us are doing better this morning than we were last night.