Bella finally stabilized. She did not need the oscillator after all. Thank goodness. She did spike a fever last night of 103.2. She is currently 99.5. RSV and flu cultures came back negative. She did grow some gram strains (or is it gram stains) from her ET tube. (I, for one, am not surprised. She has always grown something in her tube every time she has been intubated.) She fought the vent until she was paralyzed, so they will give her another 24 hours of being paralyzed. Her lungs do sound better this AM. They are going to work on weaning her NO as she doesn’t seem to need it. She also lost her aterial line. It lasted all of about 2 hours.
The junk they are pulling out of her lungs looks like it could be food particles. They are going to go ahead and do the fundoplication. This will tighten the muscle at the top of her stomach so hopefully she won’t reflux and aspirate. It they start the process now, it should happen next week some time when she is better.
Right now her job is to ride this wave and get over this crisis. What a strong little girl you are Bella!
And thank you everyone for your kind comments. Y’all have brought me to tears many times with your kind words and encouragement. I really appreciate it!