Sorry gang! Things just don't run at lightning pace around here. You'd think we'd learn that by now after our 12 days at "Hotel Packard." Unfortunately we have not made any progress in getting Lilee that first post-op bottle. The X-rays came back earlier to show that her little air pocket above her lung was still there. Before they were forced to insert an additional tube to remove the air, the doctors wanted to try one more thing first. One of Lilee's chest tubes was scheduled to be removed today and that tube is located very close to where that pocket of air is. The surgeons are going to attempt to remove that tube today with a little added negative pressure (suction). Hopefully as they remove that chest tube, the air pocket will come out with the tube. This was the plan we heard about at a quarter to 1:00 this afternoon... the hangup is that the surgeons needed to perform this "tube-ectomy" (my word... I'm becoming a doctor here you know :o) they are still in surgery with another patient. Back to the "juggling doctors" game.
Although she does look like a 'skinny minnie' she is still very healthy, relatively happy and looking better every hour. We know this is but a temporary thing but I think because it is day 12 for us, Erin and I are starting to feel the effects of this whole ordeal. We are kind of tired and Erin is anxious to just be able to hold and feed her baby again soon. We know that each little step that Lilee makes is one baby step (literally) towards getting to go home and making this a memory. For me, it reminds me of the feeling I get after a long flight home after a long trip. Yes the long flight's over and it was pain but now you still have to drive home from Sacramento of San Francisco before you can really be home. I know we WILL really be home... I just hope it's soon. Good night all! Merry Christmas!
Chris, Erin and Lilee Jane
PS. Another Grandpa picture for you... two in one day! We're "Equal Opportunity Grandpa Reporters" around here! :o)