During the changing of the guard, the girls all got to come up and see Bella. I think this is vital – very hard (I’ll explain later), but so important. The last thing we want is for the girls to begin to resent Bella. By being able to come and see Bella and hold Bella and love on Bella, they are falling in love with their little sister. We need those good feelings.
Below are each of the girls holding Bella. Becca wanted to see her scars!
Playing around in Bella’s room. Joy loves the bouncer. She crawled over to the door and knocked on it – I imagined she was saying, “Please, doctors, may my sister come home and play?”
My silly Sammi and Lizzy pretending that Lizzy was the baby and Sammi the devoted Mama.
Jessi and I adoring baby Bella.
I sincerely hope we are at the end of this long journey. The drama and hysteria are increasing every time there is a changing of the guard ( Jason comes and I go home or vice versa). I must have kissed Sammi good-bye a hundred times. We had to convince Becca that no, she could not skip school and spend the day with me down here. Lizzy totally lost it. The Lord will not give us more than we are able to handle and He will increase our capacity to handle what we are asked to bear. I know He has done this. I really hope, for my family’s sake, that we aren’t ask to bear much more.
I talked to the night nurse. Her PIC line is intermittently having problems with blood return. Her eating has decreased. She still requires some oxygen support. They are concerned that the lining of her heart might be irritated. There is an echo and a 2 view chest x-ray scheduled for tomorrow. Based upon the results of those two tests, we’ll know how much longer we’ll be here. They had mentioned to Jason being OK with sending her home on oxygen and an NG tube, but if she has to have IV antibiotics, that would keep her here. We’ll know more tomorrow.