Monday, January 4, 2010

Reappearance

Semi-playful Blair made a reappearance this morning after a questionable start with a big mess in the bed and a 6am bath! Thank you Lord for answering prayers. I know there are lots of prayers said for this sweet baby. We are so thankful to all of you, and I'm so appreciative of those who have commented, called, or sent me a note. It means so much to us. Blair began with a miracle (or several), and God's protection and prayer have kept her healthy this long and will continue to pull her through this yuckiness.

After last night, I was almost certain that she was going to be admitted to the Children's Hospital this morning. When she got up and we were having problems with her oxygen saturation, I sunk. But she bounced back with some pointing to ask for things and doing her little "tricks" that she hasn't done in almost a week!

We did have an all night battle with my arch nemesis, the pulse oximeter. We (the pulse oximeter and I) actually have a love-hate relationship. I am thankful we have it for obvious reasons, but I could throw that thing across the room and through the window sometimes! It beeped all night long last night. Brad, mom, and I all took turns going in there rousing Blair or fixing the nasal cannula so her saturation would go up, and not 10 minutes later... beep beep beep beepbeep, beep beep beep beepbeep. Brad gets so frustrated with me because I'm really the best at fixing the problem,
but I hardly ever hear the alarm if I'm sleeping. I wake up if Blair cries or coughs, but I cannot hear that annoying beep in my sleep. It's like a bad experience that I've tuned out! I know, bad mommy. Aren't good mommies supposed to hear their kids no matter what? Well I don't. I can put the nasal cannula back in her nose in the dark or do whatever to make Blair's saturation better, but Brad usually has to poke me to do it. Then I'm like, "Why are you waking me up when you heard it and can go in there?!" That's just my grogginess talking, I know that I have more experience with the monitor than he does. I got up with her all the time when I wasn't in school and Brad was working, because I didn't have to be anywhere early the next morning. After a minute, I make my way in there to assess the situation.

We went for the chest x-ray this morning and to the doctor. I thought I was going to cry when we weighed her, but she weighed even more than she did when I took her Wednesday! Yay! She was 16 pounds exactly, only six ounces less than her highest weight. The doctor said that it looks like she's on the upswing! What a praise! He saw nothing acute like pneumonia in her lungs, just the normal stuff found with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (chronic lung disease in mechanically ventilated and/or premature babies).

Have you had the opportunity to see a child get a chest x-ray? This is the second time I've had to put Blair in the torture device they use. I basically have to hold her up by her hands while they squeeze her into these two hard plastic pieces that close around her mid-section on each side and make her into a sandwich. They lock it and buckle it, and I have to try to console her
(while still holding her hands up) for the pictures while her face is about 1/4 inch from an x-ray film. Not fun, but she did really well, and the tech was fast.

When we got home, I thought I might be able to get her to eat. It was a no for yogurt, but I got a yes for Kit Kat. She only ate a few bites, but that's ok.
The child eats yogurt and chocolate, and that's about it!

So I still have a sick baby, but she's thankfully coming out of rather than going deeper into crumminess. She's still clingy, but I'll take it. She even wanted me over her daddy today...alright!

2 comments:

Sarah said...

I haven't checked in on your blog since before the holidays and I'm so sad that Ms. Blair isn't feeling well! We are certainly thinking and praying for that sweet baby and I hope that she continues to feel better. Ashlee, you are a wonderful mama and Blair is so lucky to have you! You should be so proud of yourselves for keeping her cold free for so long!! Keep up the good work and tell Blair that Sully says get well soon!!

Jamie said...

Great news Ashlee!!!! So glad to hear that Blair is on the upswing!!!
Still keeping y'all in my prayers.
Love,
Jamie