Wednesday Morning Update . . .
We have had a hectic morning. Sorry we did not post on Monday - the day and our energy got away from us. This morning the doctors have proceeded with taking Ellie off some of her medications and preparing her to be extubated. They have stated, however, that her "pneumothorax" [collection of air in the space surrounding her lungs and a partially collapsed lung] are worse today then yesterday. After discussion amongst themselves and with the surgeons, the doctors scheduled Ellie for a CT of the chest. [She was taken for this at 1:25 PM.]
After these results are received, a determination will be made as to whether an additional tube (shunt) will be placed in her upper chest and whether or not to proceed with extubation. When Ellie is awake, once again she is more aware and lucid than before. We think perhaps because one of the narcotics she was on has been stopped. We covet your continued prayers in this time.