And apparently the experience wiped him out . . . sleep tight, little guy.
Sarah managed to tear herself away from the hospital so I'm back to doing hospital duty. We had a good day today with some small victories and a few things to work on. The Speech team made their much anticipated return visit this morning and Eddie enjoyed 2 or 3 swallows of apple juice and a spoonful of apple sauce before decided he'd had enough. Not surprisingly, he started asking for warm chocolate (his version of hot chocolate) as soon as he saw his door of opportunity open a crack . . .
His Berlin pump hasn't been filling as well lately which generated a lot of discussion at rounds this morning. He is showing very strong signs of cardiac activity (warm toes, strong pulse, good color) which is good, but not necessarily what you would expect if the pump isn't filling. A lot of conversation as well about the quantity and quality of output from his chest tube . . . very bloody in appearance but very low hematocrit levels. If he was bleeding internally, we would expect to see much higher hematocrit levels . . . more comparable to his regular blood draws.
So Eddie continues "to boldly go" where few heart patients have gone before and our seasoned cardiologists and attending ICU doctors are at times left to "figure it out" through trial and error. Sounds scary, but really understandable since they are face-to-face with something they haven't seen before. In fact, while I can't speak for Sarah, I actually find these conversations fascinating and encouraging because you're seeing the decision-making process happen from start to finish . . . the scientific method in action. Some hypotheses are proven correct and others . . . not so much. But in every case, we have multiple doctors and nurses bringing hundreds of years of combined experience to the conversation. Difficult to arrive at consensus, but usually reaching a decision that everyone feels is the best way forward.