Tuesday, November 22, 2011

We are out of the ICU

They ended up taking the two lines out of her groin at around 2:30pm.  Brea did not like it.  However, as we hoped, she has been much happier since they have come out.  It wasn't long before she had a big cuddle with Mum before heading back to bed (Dad had a cuddle a couple of days ago which caused some problems with her lines).  They are wanting to get Brea sitting up as much as possible as this opens up her lungs.  The problem is that it tires Brea out, so it is a bit of a balancing act at the moment -- trying to get her moving without exhausting her.

It wasn't long after we got the lines out that we had confirmation we were getting the boot from the ICU.  Initially our nurse thought we might stay there tonight because "we like you, and you never know what the next one coming in will be like", but obviously someone higher up didn't share his opinion.  We ended up moving at about 5pm.

Just to show that we will complain about everything, we are a little worried about our move.  While it is a major step in Brea's progress to move out of the ICU, we have found the care on the 6th floor somewhat lacking in the past.  On one occasion after ringing the call button we had to wait 45 minutes for the nurse to arrive.  On another occasion they forget to deliver us dinner.  When we asked, it took them around 2 hours to ferret for some cheerios. 

One bonus is that tonight they had an early thanksgiving meal (in both the ICU and down here on the 6th floor).  We have a lot to be thankful for, even if we will (probably) spend thanksgiving day in the hospital.

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