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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Not a very good day

Least you worry, Bella is doing fine.  I try to keep this blog about her, but today my feelings are coming through quite loudly.  She is the same as yesterday.  Same sats, same vent settings, same Nitric level, same everything, except a few more bradies.  She is just ticked about the large OG tube going down her mouth into her stomach.  She really hates that.  She is doing her darnest to figure out how to either chew it off with her toothless gums  or work that tape off with her little hands.  :)  Soon, my little fighter, soon.

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She likes to rest her hands either on her OG tube or her trach.  I have learned to reattach that thing very quickly!


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On the left side, she likes to rest her hand on her blue tube.  I can re-attach that one quickly too!  :)  It must be soothing to hold onto something.  I guess she gets tired of holding onto Mama.

Least you worry, her little hands are restrained unless I’m right here.

No, the one having the hard day is me.  On the day of her emergency surgery, I happily signed all the forms.  Yes, you have permission to remove my baby’s small intestines or her large intestines, or do a bowel re-construction, whatever, just fix her.  And they did.  They cut off part of her stomach and removed all the infection – and viola!  She was better.

But now this thing with her eyes has really gotten to me.  One thing I really love about Bella is her eyes.  She stares into my very soul.  She is so intense.  When I look into Bella’s eyes, I see intelligence and strength.  I see depth and insight that I can only glimpse the outside edges of.  When I thought her eyes were just withdrawing from her narcotics, it didn’t bother me.  She’ll be back.  Now what?  I feel stupid today.  I don’t speak eye anatomy or brain anatomy.  I don’t understand everything.  I feel dumb.  I am sad.  I want them to fix it.  Give me back her eyes.  Let me see into my baby’s soul again.  What if they can’t?  Then they can’t and we’ll move forward.  “And thus it is.  Amen.”

On the medical side of things:

We were supposed to have an MRI.  You can’t have an MRI on Nitric.  Nitric and large, powerful magnets don’t mix.  So we’ll have a CT scan in the interim.  We are also supposed to get a PICC line, since she will need IV therapy for longer than 7 days.  Oh!  And so much fun, she remembered all about bradys.  She has been showing off in that department today.  How fun! 

Someone weighed Bella sometime.  Her weight is now 5.4 kg or 11.9 lb.  So in the last month and a half she has gained 0.2 kg! That puts her at the 25% for weight on the DS chart.


Shasta said...

"None of us makes it through this life without problems and challenges—and sometimes tragedies and misfortunes. After all, in large part we are here to learn and grow from such events in our lives. We know that there are times when we will suffer, when we will grieve, and when we will be saddened. However, we are told, “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.” How might we have joy in our lives, despite all that we may face? Again from the scriptures: “Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you." --President Monson

I have no doubt the Lord has never left Bella's side nor your family's.

Much love-Shasta

Lacey said...

Its ok to have bad days, when you sit in the same room, hearing the same thing over and over. And when something happens to your baby like emergency surgery and her eyes changing, its not easy to hear. Your tired, physically and mentally. Your tired of the medical garb, you just want to go home and you just want to pick your baby up. I so know where you are. Her blankie should be there today, maybe that will add a little cheer to a gloomy day, Hugs from me and Jax.

debra said...

I'm sorry I'm not there but I don't know what I would even if I was. Makes me sad, especially since you are sad. Love you,

Caleb T Ricks said...

So sorry Shell - I suppose that we all have those days, often when the adrenaline wears off and what is normal now begins. I wish I could make it better, I wish I could help you but I know that the Lord can and will!

mommapainter said...

You have been so strong and positive through all of this and it's okay that you are having a bad day. We all know that you will bounce back and be the "attending" mom again. You have been carrying so much emotionally and physically. Even you need a break. Shasta and President Monson said it so well. I love you and hope today will be a "good day". Krystal