Each day I am reminded how everyday is a new day. Some days are great and some days are not so much. Some days are great initially and then turn out being just okay days. Yesterday was one of those. Emma did fantastic in the morning into night but then she got mad and things changed. To bring everyone up to where we are, on Sunday it was decided that Emma had a lot of fluid in her chest. They had tried using medications called diuretics to drain this excess fluid but were unsuccessful. So, they decided to put what they call a "pig tail" in which is a chest drain. The doctors thought she would have to have two, but when they placed just one in, they were able to drain 90cc's of fluid initially and she drained throughout the day 75cc's more. That is a lot of fluid in her chest and now her x-ray looks amazingly better. Let's just say she was a different baby after this took place. She was happy again and didn't appear to get as upset as she had been getting the past couple of days. This was a nice gift to have on my birthday as I was able to touch her, kiss her, sing to her, and talk with her without any problems! I loved every second of it! Last night, however, when they decided to bathe, do respiratory therapy, change out leads, pulse ox, diaper, etc. on her it was a little too much stimulation. She went into off and on atrial flutter. It lasted for about 1 hour and was not fun to watch her go through. After they checked her electrolytes and gave her some magnesium and potassium, her heart rhythm evened back out. They think though that it was a little too much stimulation. Stimulation causes her body to release a substance that they think may cause these arrhythmias to occur. We asked them about it today and they said that it was okay as long as these periods of atrial flutter were not continuous... Still we voiced our concern about needing to make sure we get this under control since this is the longest period she has had atrial flutter in a while.
Today, she is in line to get her femoral line replaced with a broviac line. Her femoral line that they put in a little while back has started to close off and quit functioning as well. This means she needs a more permanent line that is functional for them to infuse her medications through. So, they are going to take her, as of right now, in just a little while at 10am to put this line in. Please keep her in your prayers as she will go to the operating room for this procedure.
We are praying that today will be a smooth day and that she will be more relaxed.
Some specific prayer requests:
1) Pray for this procedure she is having today to be a success with no complications.
2) Pray for her to not put out any extra fluid in her chest.
3) Pray for her lungs to continue to function like they should and continue to improve.
4) Pray for her heart to continue to function properly as it is now.
5) Pray for these arrhythmias she is having that they subside.
6) Pray for the doctors, nurses, and the rest of the medical staff that take care of Emma each day. Pray that God will guide their hands to provide her with the best care possible.
7) Pray for Sarah and I to have strength through all of this journey.
God is good!