So for the last… week… this has been our “goal” week to go home. It remains to be seen if it really WILL be, but we are certainly closer than we have ever been!
Steps we made this week can be seen in the pictures below:
Tried out her carseat for the first time! As you can see, she fills it out VERY well. I see a purchase of a “big” girl carseat in our future!
Went on a wagon ride… sitting up… on room air! She still had the nasal canula on her nose just in case, and her sats dropped some, but she did great and loved it!
On our way back, we “just happened” to pass Anna Reese in the hall! Yes, the friends “meet” for the first time! I get choked up everytime I look at this picture… for some reason them finally meeting is a huge thing for me! That… And Anna Reese is scheduled to go home this week too!!!!!! (And they came up to the floor last week, same as Annabelle too… God has a very cool/funny way of working these things out!)
Notice something missing??? Last night we took off her nasal canula to try her on room air. She satted WONDERFUL, in the mid 90’s, almost the entire time! Alas, toward the end she started to dip a little (with no help to her stupid pulsox that wouldn’t pick up worth a flip…) so after 3 hours on room air, we went back on our 25cc’s of oxygen (that is a 10th of a 4th of a liter… 250cc’s is a 4th… so she is barely getting a whiff!)
Please be praying that we get to go HOME this week, but more specifically, in God’s perfect timing. I don’t want to take her home before she is really ready, but MOMMY, DADDY, BIG SISTERS, AND GRANDMA are all SO SO SO SO ready for it!
Scott and I are spending today and tomorrow getting all the ducks in a row, making calls, dealing with insurance (I have to go hurry up and elect COBRA so we have no issues with getting prescriptions, home health supplies… before we leave) We are also moving out of our Ronald McDonald House Room (we were waiting until we felt sure that we were on our way HOME.) I have a long list, and I won’t bore you with all of it, but I just want to mark EVERYTHING off of it as quick as I can so God has no more excuses to keep her here (okay, that sounds bad and unChristian and is probably NOT the way I should think of it… but I’m being honest here… I KNOW we can’t win God’s favor or hurry His hand…but I’m eliminating all the other reasons except “Because God said so” ! )
Please pray for me too. I’m getting antsy, tired of the hospital, a little mouthy with the nurses (I’m sure I’m the evil parent now who tells them how to do their job that they really wish they could get to leave the hospital…) and just so READY to go home. Please pray that I can stay Jesus’ light while I’m here, and take the best care of Annabelle and my family that I possibly can, all the while knowing that Jesus takes MUCH better care than I ever could!