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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wonderful News!!

It looks like we are going home tomorrow after all!

I was so worried.  At 3AM, Bella had had no output in a while, she was pretty positive.  The nurses were worried enough to call the resident.  So from 3 AM until now, I have bounced between anger that they would take away her diuretics too quickly and despair that we would never leave here and guilt that Bella needs the very best in care and what was my problem. 

Couple that with the fact that I get maybe four hours of sleep a night here between feeding her, vitals, weighing her, and CPT every couple of hours.  Then there’s the fact that my intake is a little off.  In short I was becoming a mess.

The doctors just rounded.  The attending feels she is doing fine.  She is slightly dehydrated which would account for the reduced output.  The nurses had stopped me from using the NG tube because the doctors had written “ad lib” for her feeds.  During rounds I clarified that.  If she was slightly dehydrated shouldn’t I feed her all she can and then tube the rest to 75 cc’s (2.5 ounces)?  Yes – there had been a miscommunication.  He also explained that as someone is being weaned from diuretics (now lasix every 12 hours and aldectazide every 12 hours), the body can become slightly dehydrated.  He feels that everything will correct itself in time and that she is on the right course.

Today I placed my first NG tube.  It’s not that bad – but my hands were shaking!  Sweet baby.

All the supplies for her oxygen and feedings are at the house.  They just came and removed her PICC line.  We are going home (tomorrow)!!!

Thank you everyone who has commented from the last post.  Your comments have cheered me and helped me wait and wait for rounds.  I so needed that today.  Thank you for your support of our sweet girl.  It means the world to us to know that others are praying and thinking of us.

Thank you!!


CYNDI said...

Somehow, I missed the request for comments yesterday! I read the post about not disappointing your family anymore and my heart was breaking for you. I know your big girls need you, too and I really want you to be able to be there for Becca's thing this weekend, so we have been praying extra hard for Bella. I love you and am so glad that you are going home.

Kristin said...

What a blessing you get to come home tomorrow! We'll keep the prayers coming that it happens and all goes well once you're there!

Anonymous said...

Still praying all will go well for tomorrow. Love you, Sandi

Caleb T Ricks said...

I put you guys on the prayer roll last night at the temple - hope all the prayers helps and she really goes home for good. Love ya, Kathie

Anonymous said...

Shelly, Prayers are heard and answered. You are an inspiration to me. Love, Kathy Patty

Claudia said...

Wonderful news, indeed!
Have a great day, at home then hopefully ;-)