|ChinaBean likes that Lambie can sing & dance.|
A second chest x-ray was ordered and it showed that ChinaBean's left chest tube had slipped out some. The physician looked at it and determined it had slipped out enough that the chest tube had to be removed all together. Normally the removal of a chest tube is a cause for celebration because it means that the fluid around the lungs has decreased enough that the tubes are no longer needed. However, in ChinaBean's case her left lung was still putting out a decent amount of fluid.
We were told that we needed to watch ChinaBean's breathing and that fluid in her lungs could build-up over the next day, which we require inserting a smaller drain tube. It was really difficult to see ChinaBean in that kind of pain, especially after she had made such great progress. On top of that, my parents had brought LBean and EBean to the hospital for a visit. I had really hoped to have everyone in the same room and to enjoy having us all together.
|This is what happens when I tell her|
she can't watch Frozen again, she
My friend Cara had given us muffins earlier in the week and I had some fresh fruit. We joked about having Sunday brunch and watching a family movie,which is very normal, but the setting just happened to be at the hospital. Before the big sisters left, we used them as motivation to encourage ChinaBean to walk part of the way to the activity room. It worked! She walked a good distance and we all enjoyed playing together. The big sisters and my parents left and headed north to the Wisconsin Dells for a few days.
After they left, we got the news that a room had opened up on the other side of the hallway, which meant would officially be on the PIC side of the 4th floor. ChinaBean's new room is 2 doors down from the activity room and we are excited that it has a real door (yay for more privacy). Uncle Matt came later on Sunday afternoon and he was our first visitor in the "new" room.
Removing the chest tube greatly improved ChinaBean's mood and appetite and that continued today. She is showing more of her normal personality...laughing, giggling and talking more. We made it to the activity room twice today and she walked all the way there, instead of riding in the wagon for part of the trek. One of the fun things we did today was to paint ChinaBean's toenails and fingernails. That started a running joke about how the hospital was the most expensive spa we've ever been too. In fact, it is so exclusive that you have to be invited to come.
|Getting a sponge bath and hair wash.|
|Time to be clean.|
|Enjoying her new book and stuffed|
animal from Kohl's.
|Hoping on the tricycle and ready to ride.|
|She wore herself out!|