The extra fluid/swelling is starting to come off. Juliet has lost about a pound and a half over the last 2 nights. She is able to open her eyes again and is becoming more active. Actually, I haven't seen her eyes yet, but Chris did last night. He said to her "Juliet, why don't you open up your eyes for Daddy?" And she DID! Maybe she is more obedient than we thought! ;)
Just like the last time she gained all of the extra fluid, they will wait until it's almost all gone before taking her off of the ventilator. We have to wait until the chest tubes are no longer draining such large amounts before she can start to eat again. We have to wait until her feeding is established before taking her off of her IV nutrition. We have to wait until she doesn't need IV meds before removing her central line and taking her off of blood thinner. That's a lot of waiting. She's worth it.