Annabelle came off the ECMO machine yesterday! WOOHOO!! Her heart and lungs, with the help of some medicine, are working on their own now. SUCH a relief!
They are also talking about closing up her chest either tomorrow or Monday, and I am SO excited about that! Right now they have her open with just some see-through tape-like stuff over top of her chest, and it is difficult for me to handle. They are nice and put a piece of gauze over it for me most of the time, but it’s still hard!
They also took her off another medcine today, the one that keeps her immoble, so her little hands and feet are starting to move some, which is fun to see again!
She seemed to have some trouble on and off over the night with her blood pressure. It didn’t drop TOO low, just lower than they would like, so they had to keep giving her fluid to keep her volume up. If they have to keep giving her fluid, it may delay closing her chest (if I understood them correctly…)
Her pulse is a little high too, but they are treating it with medicines, and it’s one of those things where you fix one thing and it just breaks another.
Just continued prayers for our family as we cope with this pretty big change in our lives. Scott goes back to work on Monday night, so far he’s been staying here with me at the hospital. I’m totally fine with this (probably more so than Scott, ha!) because I feel like we’re beginning the path back to a somewhat normal life after 2 weeks of craziness. I’m just aching for my little one to get better fast so I can take her HOME and snuggle with her and love on her! I’m also anxious to get back into “Mom” duty (okay, kinda anxious, ha!), but at the moment can’t bare the thought of leaving my little Annabelle here by herself. Kids go back to school in a few weeks, so that will be helpful to them, too.
Really, I just am anxious to get back to “normal” but am realizing that normal is relative, and most likely won’t look like what it did before.
Anyway, love to you all, and THANKS again for all your thoughts and prayers for my Annabelle!! As soon as they have her closed up again, I’ll send you more pics. She’s getting even prettier by the day, if I do say so myself!