Saturday, November 20, 2010
We're Still Here :-)
So sorry that we haven't updated the blog in awhile. I am having to go back and forth from Texas to Oklahoma for my final rotation in pharmacy school and haven't had time to get on and update like I usually do. Also, that means that when I am gone, Sarah has less help here and therefore less time to update. So, needless to say, we apologize to all of you that have been checking for an update!
Emma is doing good. We are on track to try and start pressure support trials on the ventilator to see if we can come off of the ventilator (for good!) this week sometime. They did a recent echocardiogram of her heart and, as one doctors put it, "it couldn't look any better than that." God is good! Other than those two things, the issue we have been having, as of late, is an increasing BUN. This stands for Blood Urea Nitrogen. It can rise for a number of reasons such as: dehydration, bleeding, and excessive protein. The doctors are still trying to isolate what is causing this steady increase. So we will see after the initial tests come back as to what may be causing this problem.
Emma has been smiling at Sarah and me occasionally. I think that it is a legitimate smile when Sarah smiles at her, but it may just be gas when she looks at me.... The jury is still out! ;-) She has been a little more irritated today but that is probably because we had to hold one of her sedation medications yesterday, which can cause you to go into a semi-withdrawl period. She is better tonight though now that the medication is back on board.
We ask that you all remember our precious little friends in prayer: Katie, Taylor, Ella, Lyric, and Haven. They are all on a heart journey of their own. Remember their parents as well as they support their precious little ones.
Some specific prayer requests:
1) Pray that these pressure support trials will go well and that Emma will be able to come off of the vent.
2) Pray that this situation with the BUN will be fixed.
3) Pray for her to continue to be in a good mood and not become easily irritated.
4) Pray for Sarah and I to have continued peace and strength for the road ahead.
5) Pray for the nurses and doctors and all the other health care professionals that take care of Emma! May they be blessed because of their efforts!
Thanks again to everyone that continues to support us and Emma with thoughts and prayers! You do not how amazing that truly is to us!!!
To God be the glory! God is good, all the time!