I finally spoke with a doctor today and he told me the reason why my grandma is having trouble breathing is because of acid reflux. He says the acid damaged her lungs or something like that, and in turn is causing her lungs to be filled with fluid. I don't really understand why this happened, but at least I have a better idea of what's going on.
My grandma only has three more days before they put in a trach so she doesn't have much time to recover. We need to get her off that machine.
The nurses keep sedating her when none of us are there and I'm not sure why. My only guess is because that way she won't try to pull out the tubes, but this really bothers me. Even though I haven't done any research on this, something tells me that my grandma won't be able to recover as quickly if she's being sedated. Today when I went to see her, she was barely responding, and by the time I said goodbye, she wasn't responding at all.
We have to organize our shifts better to keep an eye on her. Also, I'm going to question their practices when I go there tomorrow.