Today was quite the day. Elijah's x-ray looked good and it appears that the effusion has once again disappeared. The team lifted his fluid limit and he was able to drink as much of whatever he wanted. He was so, so happy. The plan was to check his x-ray in the morning and if everything continued to look good, they would pull his chest tube out tomorrow and wean more diuretics. However, when the surgical team rounded this afternoon, they decided that Elijah was ready to get rid of the chest tube tonight! The chest tube that has been in him for three freaking weeks was going to come out.
Let me tell you that holding your son down as he gets a chest tube pulled out of his chest is not something I would wish on my worst enemy. But I would not want to be anywhere else. After it was done and the nurse finished placing the bandage, I was able to hold Elijah chest to chest for the first time in three weeks. It was amazing. I was able to hold him like babies are meant to be held. He curled up into my chest as if he belonged there. It was perfect.