This is how she looked the first time we saw her. We all thought she looked surprisingly better than imagined, however, the number of wires that were hooked up to her blew me away. She has an NG tube, the ventilator, her heartrate monitors, two ventricular pacing wires that connect directly to her heart, her drain, an IV in each hand, and arterial line and a venous line in both sides of her groin, an O2 sat monitor, and a blood pressure cuff. The lines coming from her groin had about 5 other lines coming off of them, all medications.
Charlotte remained on the ventilator the first evening. They were going to try to wean her off, but she was having problems with elevated blood pressure, so they decided to wait until morning. Chris and I said goodnight, and headed to the waiting room to try to get a good night's sleep. We took the cushions off of the chairs and couches in one of the waiting rooms, and placed them on the floor in a T. There we slept until about 5:30AM. Believe it or not, it was the best sleep I had gotten in about 2 weeks...I could finally relax and know that it was over. Although we had much left to accomplish (recovery), this part was done.
Letting us know she didn't forget latest trick, holding her bottle. They didn't let her have formula until Sunday.