Tricia is awake. When I talked with her the first time (she still has the trach and can't talk), I had to tell her where she was and why she was here. She does not remember much about yesterday, including getting the call, my birthday, going into the OR, etc. When I came back in the second time, she didn't remember me being there the first time.
She was very uncomfortable and restless a few hours ago, but with the help of a new fan and lots of pain meds, she seems to be calming down. She can't tell any different in her breathing, but that's simply because she cant really feel anything and is so drugged that she's having a hard time focusing.
She is breathing room air, with just a little help from the vent. They're taking a blood gas right now, and if it looks good, they'll put her on a trach collar trial, and then walk her within the next hour. Yes, I said WALK her!
I got an hour of sleep earlier, and will be sleeping at the hotel tonight as they won't allow me into the ICU past 9 tonight. I plan on posting some more then.