I am SO excited to report that Annabelle is doing WELL today.

We decided NOT to take her off the ventilator this morning though. She still has a ton of fluid on her, is pretty puffy, and even though she is doing AWESOME on her CPAP trials (where she is still on the vent but she has to take her own breathes), I (we) are worried that the extra fluid would set her up to fail.

The hope is to unload a ton of fluid today then extubate tomorrow.

Her cardiologist came in and said she was VERY VERY pleased with her echo! EEEEE!!! I don’t think I’ve EVER heard that come from the lips of a cardiologist about Annabelle. We’ve had a few “It’s okay” but no “Very very pleased”‘s!

Evidently they were anticipating her left ventricle to be worse after surgery which would be normal, then to gradually over time improve.

But her left ventricle looks BETTER!!! Not completely better, but better that prior to surgery, so that is a HUGE praise!

Her LPA is still a little small, but it is bigger, and they think they can balloon it in another cath sometime down the line, but it hopefully shouldn’t cause her issues right now.

Instead of just shifting her RPA off the coronary artery… they actually moved it to be in FRONT of the aorta instead of behind, so her heart anatomy looks a bit different than normal, but that ensures that it can’t lay on that artery anymore!

Right now, Annabelle is resting well, is finally off her epinephrine (drug that keeps her heart rate up, important to be able to get off it!) and for the most part, is just doing great. Mommy is pleased today!

Mommy and Daddy have had a day too.

Yesterday, Daddy had a call while we waited for surgery about a job he had applied for. They wanted to schedule an interview for THIS MORNING. Well, he went on the interview, but we are both praying about if it is the job for him. We probably won’t hear back for at least three weeks. We are praying that if it ISN’T the job he should take, that he 1.) doesn’t get offered it or 2.) gets something different before then! (Obviously, #2 would be preferable!)

And today, Mommy went to the doctor herself. My foot has been hurting and swollen since Sunday, getting a little worse each day, so I finally gave in and went to the doctor. They said it was a stress fracture, so now I have the fun privilege of wearing a very uncomfortable boot around the hospital. Although it wasn’t really fun to wear my sandals around either.

THANK YOU again for your prayers!!! It is hard seeing our baby like this again, but God is faithful. And we trust him SO very much! Our baby, our finances, my foot, are ALL in his hands, and we trust Him with it all. We keep walking (even though it may be with a limp) with Him each day!



  1. Such wonderful news! Praying for Annabelle, the job search and your foot!

  2. WONDERFUL NEWS!!!!!!! Praise GOD! Thanks for being so faithful in your updates! Much love, Jessica Scranton

  3. Praising God for this wonderful news!!

  4. I'm thrilled to hear the good news about Annabelle, excited about Scott's job interview, and sorry to hear about your foot. Praising and praying.

  5. So happy for you with the wonderful news. I hope your foot gets well fast, be sure to rest. Praying for Annabelle, and family.

  6. I've been checking twitter all day for an update, SO happy Miss Annabelle is doing great. I pray for your family constantly, and I hope the pieces continue to fall into place for you!

  7. It's way past midnight here and I'm ready to go to bed, but I couldn't resist checking Twitter to see how Annabelle is doing.
    Such good news! Thank You, Lord!

    Now continued prayers for everything 🙂

  8. I don't think I've commented here before, but I just wanted you to know that even folks who aren't commenting are praying and praising and believing God with you for Annabelle, for your family.
    Jesus asked if He would find faith on the earth when He returned… if He returned today, I believe He'd give you the gold star.
    Hugs and prayers for you and yours.

  9. So THRILLED to read your post this evening…. I've been thinking and praying for your family and sweet little Annabelle all day! Keep the praises coming 🙂
    Kelli from Nebraska

  10. So glad the news is so good, but holy cow, how do you change her diaper with all those tubes? It looks like it takes an act of Congress!

  11. So glad to hear how well Annabelle is doing. Eager to hear good news on the job front. Sorry to hear about your foot! How did you do that?

    Bless you all

  12. Krista,
    Your positive outlook continues to amaze me. God gave Annabelle a wonderful, faithful mother! I'm sending up lots of prayers for your sweet girl and your strength to continue.

  13. God's strength is made perfect in our weaknesses, so even if you're limping around, He will give you the strength.

    Will be praying for a quick and safe recovery for Annabelle; for God to continue to direct Scott to the right job; and for healing for your foot.

    God bless!

  14. Oh, Krista. This just makes me rejoice.

  15. Praise the Lord! I wanted to check in tonight before bed. Praying y'all have a peaceful night and are

    {……..THIS MUCH……..}

    better in the morning!

  16. Yes, and amen! SO glad for Annabelle. Sorry about your foot, though. Praying it heals quickly!

  17. Glad to hear the good news! Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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