Bob and I are learning our way around. Texas Children's is huge. Twenty one floors, 471 beds. the ICU alone has 31 beds. I've found the food court, the gift shop, the chapel, the mail box, and I know where the car is in the garge relative to the ICU. Not being able to settle and sleep in Eric's room, and not having a "hospitality room," I feel a bit like I'm camping . . . trudging to the public restroom to brush my teeth and washing my face with paper towels. After trying to sleep in that waiting room last night, I've considered sleeping in the parking garage in the third seat of the van. Then I'd feel like I was camping on a rainy night with a leaky tent, escaping to the car. But tonight, I'm showering and sleeping in the on-site Ronald McDonald House. Woo-hoo.
Eric has had a good day. We 're weaning a bit on the vent. Current settings; PSV 26, CPAP 10, FiO2 .70. His SaO2 is 98% at the moment (I had to look twice) and an end-tidal CO2 monitor says 40. An earlier ABG PCO2 was 50. (Does anyone remember 120 just yesterday?) He's still sedated but not totally out. He's communicating well. On the downside, his blood pressure is way too high, but the docs want to see if it will come down by itself because he's auto-diuresing (peeing) significantly. He had sonograms of his arms, legs, and heart today. Legs were normal, arms had a few small venous clots, likely due to all the IV insertions/attempts over the past month. The heart report isn't back yet. Tomorrow is a CAT scan.