Overall, it has been a very positive day for Bentley. Both chest tubes have been removed and so has the arterial line. The last blood pressure medication was discontinued early this morning. The ventilator is still in use and being weaned, but needed. She is still on some sedatives to help keep her calm while she has so many things touching her. Appearance-wise we are starting to see the results of receiving so many fluids over the last 36 hours. She is pretty swollen and looks rather uncomfortable. Honestly, it is what I was expecting to see yesterday when we walked in the room. They are giving her some medications to help pull off some fluid. Her temperature has been up and down, currently up, and a couple of virus strains were found in her cultures. She is responding to our stimulus and we have put her ears on occasionally to talk to her. Bentley has come a long way since yesterday and we are optimistic she will continue to improve.
Thank you to everyone who has spread the word about my angel. Her progress continues to be the result of some miraculous hands being at the helm. I apologize to anyone I have not personally texted or called. I owe so many of you a call, I know. Especially those of you are aren’t blood, but still family. We love you and thank God for your caring concern, thoughts, and prayers.
While at it, please throw up a prayer for all of the children on this unit. I am amazed walking down the hall. It truly breaks your heart to know not every child has the family or friend support that Bentley has behind her.