Oh, I am such a slacker!! I went to my Grandma’s on Friday night and enjoyed my time with Ben SO much that I didn’t make it back to the hospital until Sunday night. I didn’t even open my computer until this morning. It was so nice to spend some time catching up on my snuggles with Ben! The past few days have been pretty busy, so I’m sorry for not having posted for so long.
What a miracle we have experienced in the last week. Elaina has been doing so great! All week long her saturations have been improving. In fact the numbers that we are getting off her veinous gases are better than the numbers we were getting off the arterial gases earlier this week! Her color has continued to improve, she’s awake and responsive. She has periods of time that she is awake and content to look at her toys and watch her mobile spin. Also, the color has returned to her left foot and today it was warm to the touch and they were able to hear a pulse in her foot with the Doppler! She has been doing spontaneous trials on the ventilator since Friday. For those who don’t know what this is, the Respiratory Therapists basically turn off the ventilator for a period of time. There are safety settings, so if she’s not getting enough to breathe the ventilator will either alarm or kick in for her. They started on Friday with 30 minutes 3 times a day and today she had worked up to 2 hours 3 times today. She has done so well on the spontaneous trials, that the plan is to extubate her on Tuesday morning! They have warned me that it may take a couple of attempts to get her completely off the ventilator since she has been intubaed for 5 weeks, but I’m hopeful at the same time. I am so nervous and excited about this! I just can’t believe that 10 days ago the doctors were talking to me about ending her life, and now we’re talking about transitioning home. God truly worked a miracle in her precious little life. I am so honored and grateful to be her Mother and to have witnessed this amazing experience. One of her nurse practitioners came in this morning and asked me how my “miracle baby” was doing today. Even the medical staff knows that she has had a healing miracle. How marvelous this is! I am so overwhelmed with emotion, I cannot thank my Heavenly Father enough for the wonders we have seen. Thank you all for your continued love and prayers. I know that I cannot do this alone.
Hollie, Ben and Elaina