Today has been a really good day! Emma has had two tubes removed, her chest tube and a drainage tube. The doctors are very pleased with the way she is looking. They have her on room air and she is doing great with it. They were going to remove her vent, but she is still having some issues with ‘junk’ in her lungs so they are going to wait a little while longer. Another milestone we reached today is putting in an NG tube! What does this mean? This means that Emma gets Mommy’s milk today! YAY! I am so excited about this. They still have her on meds to help reduce fluid build up and it is working like a charm. She has had several dirty diapers today and is peeing like a champ! J
Dr. Lemler stopped by and checked on her and is very pleased with her progress. They said that they were happy that everything worked like it did the day of her arrival, because she was a little sicker than they thought. However, he said that if he would have known that she would have been doing so well now, he would have been more optimistic earlier on. So we give God all of the glory for working with the doctors, nurses, and staff to help Emma reach this point.
Emma is doing so well, but we still have so much more to do. One thing is for sure; she has the best Daddy ever. He has been staying with her around the clock and even got to help give her a bath at 3am this morning. I am also so grateful to my mom for staying to help me. She has been vital in my recovery, and is a huge encourager when it comes to pumping.
Specific Prayer Requests:
1. Lung Development: This is crucial for the next surgery
2. Sat. levels: They need to remain in the mid 70s to mid 80s!
3. Surgery Decision: Pray that the doctors will make the right decision about the timing of the Norwood!
4. Fluid: That all excess fluid will be alleviated soon.
5. Brain: That her brain will continue to develop properly and no excess problems are found.
6. Future Surgery: That the Norwood will go GREAT and she stabilizes really well post-op!
Thank you so much for the prayers, support, cards, FB messages/posts, blog comments, etc. We are so blessed! Keep praying!
|Us with Emma on October 7th|
|Getting drainage tube out! YAY!|
|Getting her NG tube put in!|
|Emma getting Mommy's Milk for the first time. (See the vile in the machine behind her :) )|
Love~ Emma’s Mommy (Sarah)