My Annabelle Lillian Faith is nine days old today!
No big changes. Still on the ECMO machine (I think that’s how you spell it… it is the heart/lung bypass machine) but all her stats are stable, which is good.
So far, no brain damage has been seen, but they are doing a brain ultrasound daily to check. Her kidneys look good too (she’s peeing… WOOHOO!!!)
They did see a severely leaky valve in her heart during her echo, which isn’t good, but it looked not as leaky today, which is good.
They also lessened the support the ECNO was giving for a while, and she remained stable, which is good too.
They also started her back on another drug that keeps her from moving. They’d just had her on the sedation drug (aka pain relief) so she wasn’t hurting, but she would still move some and open her eyes, and that SCARES me! It didn’t before, but now that her chest is open (ugh!) I just can’t stand the thought of her waking up with her heart sitting there beating for all to see. I know she doesn’t know it, and that she isn’t hurting, but it’s the point of the matter!
Side–non-Annabelle–related. Found out I won 2nd place in a writing contest today. While that is MUCHO cool and I’m so excited (it’s my first time to place in a contest) it truly puts things like that into a huge perspective. They matter very little in light of my little baby being okay!
Anyway, just wanted to update quickly since so many had asked. THANK YOU all for praying! I really do believe there is GREAT POWER in prayer to our almighty God, and just knowing that everyone is praying helps a ton. Scott and I are more grateful than we could ever express.