Monday, October 25, 2010

Annabelle - What a difference a day (and a surgery) make!

I woke up this morning and came into Annabelle's room to a GREAT surprise. Her face was markably less puffy, and I could SEE my Annabelle. Yesterday, she was so swollen it barely looked like her. She could hardly squint open her eyes. Just from yesterday to today made SUCH SUCH a big difference!

When I touched her last night, she would NOT be happy as she was highly sensitive to any noises or touch. This morning though, I touched her little arm and she fluttered her eyes open and looked around without looking nearly as afraid. This mommy breathed a HUGE sigh of relief.

Yesterday morning... A wee bit puffy!
We've made great progress this weekend. She is off her paralytic, and they've weaned her ventilator rate quite a bit. We might even start CPAP trials (exercizing her lungs to get her ready to be off the vent) today!

She also got 2 of her chest tubes taken out, and the last one will probably come out today. Last time, they were in so long they almost fell out on their own, so this is HUGE and pretty quick progress! They're even talking about *maybe* extubating by Friday??? That might be a little wishful thinking, but it is a possibility, and I like good possibilities!

So far, besides the normal recover from surgery kinda stuff, she's looking SO good. No struggle with O2stats. No struggle with blood pressure. I had braced myself for this given our experience after the first surgery, but so far, it's been fairly uneventful! YEAH!!!!

Laughter (and kisses) are good medicine!
We talked on rounds this morning about Annabelle's stomach surgery, too (which if you remember we'd planned to do like back in the beginning of Septemberish??) Well, since she's older, they do plan on doing a repeat GI study to see how she does. I am totally prepared for her to have the stomach surgery if that's what she needs, but I'm also praying that her tummy has decided not to reflux and that she does fabulously well and doesn't have to go through it. They told me before that there is very little possibility of her NOT having it... but with God ANYTHING is possible so I'm leaving that up to Him.

THANK YOU everyone for your prayers. I feel every one of them and I see them evidenced in Annabelle's recovery. Our God is amazing and faithful. Through the good AND the bad.

17 comments:

Kristin said...

God is good!

Katie Johnson said...

I'm so happy! Jeff and I check your blog daily to see how she's doing. We had hoped that as she got a little older and stronger, she'd fare better with the surgeries. Yay! We'll keep praying for you all.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

So good to hear!

Jaime said...

PTL!! This is wonderful progress. Will continue to pray!

Jaime said...

PTL!! This is wonderful progress. Will continue to pray!

T. Anne said...

I'm praising the Lord!!!!

Valerie said...

Happy dancing for Annabelle! :)

Sherrinda said...

Woohooo!!!! What wonderful news to read, Krista! So happy for you!

Carla Gade said...

A good report! {{{ hugs & kisses for Annabelle }}}} and more hugs for Mom!

Erica Vetsch said...

YAYAYAY!!! My Bible study group is praying for you and for Annabelle.

Karen Lange said...

Thanks so much for sharing this good news! So happy for you guys. Still praying.
Blessings,
Karen

Sarah Forgrave said...

Amen!!! So glad to hear this report, Krista!

Christina Berry said...

Krista, I've been in somewhat of a media cave so just started reading about this. You such peace and trust in God, it's an amazing testimony!

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

SO GOOD TO HEAR THIS NEWS!

Janna Qualman said...

What great, great news!

Kara said...

Just checking in and praying for your sweet girl and all the nurses and doctors. Glad surgery went well!!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Krista -

Thank you, Lord! Wonderful news! She even looks perkier.

Rejoicing with you,
Susan :)