Alicia has been “asleep” now for six days. This is a “bump in the road” that is very frustrating. I want to see those baby blues today! The surgeon wants to do a trach (hole in her throat) as a temporary measure. He does not want her to wake up and start to struggle to breathe. I know that I would go crazy if I woke up and had to breathe through a half inch hose coming out of my mouth. This would put stress on the new lungs, which we do not need.
She had a bronch done, where they put a camera down her throat to look at the lungs from the inside. The surgeon said the lungs look great, the incision for the new lungs is intact, and there is not puss (or infection) around the area. They kicked us out of her room for this procedure, even though we got to watch it in Cincinnati. That shows just one difference between a children’s hospital and an adult hospital. They kick you out more often here. I got off the helicopter, “ran” with them to the ICU (fat man running was not pretty) only to sit in the hallway for over an hour while they “got her situated”.
We had a phone interview with someone from The Enquirer yesterday. Let’s see if they can report a good story among the “hurt me for ratings” stories. We were talking during her bronch, since we could not be in the room with her. Let us know if anyone sees the story.
When Mary Kay and Nicholas were going back to the hotel on Tuesday night, they hit one of Cleveland’s notorious pot holes. They needed to be here by 7am for the bronch, were rushing to get ready, came down to the car only to see the front left tire flat. We are parking on the street at the downtown hotel to save $25 per day parking at the hotel garage, so the car needs moved by 8am or the city will have it towed. She called me (or texted me to call her immediately-can’t use cell phones in ICU) – I thought she had an accident or something. She told me the situation. Don’t understand why Nicholas did not change the tire, but that is a whole other story. I told her to just drive it with the tire flat into the garage and pay the $25 and take a taxi to get here. After hearing the situation and the fact her daughter just had a double-lung transplant, the hotel let her park in the 15 minute load/unload zone and gave her a ride to the hospital. The maintenance man at the hotel then called his friend at the tire shop to fix the tire. There are some great people here in Cleveland, I don’t care what Sam Wyche says. Mike from the tire shop said the pot hole/tire collision actually cracked the rim and it needed replaced. We told him to go ahead (we had to deal with other things) When I got back to the hotel in the afternoon, I found out they could not find a new rim in Cleveland (it would take five days to get one here) so they welded this rim. If someone wants to help by finding a rim for a 2004 Acura, that would be great. Click here for a pix of the current five spoke 17-inch rim. Things could be worse – we could have a daughter at the hospital fighting for her life . . . wait a second, we do have a daughter at the hospital fighting for her life!