Today was much the same with a little bright spot. The surgeon came in this morning and said that Elijah's x-ray looked a little better. It looks as though the bottom part of the lung has been able to get rid of the excess fluid, although he still has fluid on the top portion. She suctioned his tube again and was only able to get a little fluid out. She was a bit perplexed as to why the bottom would come out, but the top wouldn't. She wants to leave the tube in for a few more days in hope that with some movement, we will be able to get that fluid out. She is also going to keep him on the high dose of diuretics to help continue to "dry" him out. The hope is that if we can get him completely dry, we will then be able to wean some of the diuretics and his body won't produce extra fluid. He is currently on IV diuretics and he needs to be able to wean down to oral.
Elijah is satting better and his heart rate has decreased from last night. The night nurse was awesome and was able to cluster all of his care last night and he finally got a good night sleep. It really showed in his attitude today. We have taken two really good walks around the unit and he has spent time sitting in the chair.