Wednesday, March 01, 2006
3-1-06 One Giant Leap Forward!
Sean and I just got home from visiting Emma. We got a call around 6:00 p.m. saying that she had been extubated and was breathing on her own with just oxygen through a nasal canula! This was both exciting news and intimidating since we've been through this before and she didn't do so well. We were eager to go see her after dinner and after the kids were down for the night. We were almost like kids in a candy store, racing down the hall, rushing to wash our hands and get by her side.
Seeing her without the ventilator tonight was the greatest feeling. even though we've seen it once before this time felt different. It felt "right". I really have a good feeling about it this time. So far she has done wonderful breathing on her own. Her oxygen saturatuon was between 97-99% without any desatting. Her heartrate was between 140-160. She did have one very short episode of bradycardia but she recovered very quickly. They suctioned the drool from her mouth (she had been blowing bubbles) and then she was fine. Her respirations were in the "normal" range and she wasn't having very noticeable chest retractions. YAY. She was fairly active and kept stretching out her left foot. Sean said she was "kickin' back". She also yawned quite a few times and blew quite a few bubbles, all of which we got on video. You can see the video clip at http://lilliana.aboutmybaby.com/ (copy and paste into a new browser window). Look for it in the video section titled "Emma Grace"
She is still handling the full strength breastmilk well. She is now on one full cc/ml per hour. They took out her umbilical arterial catheter which is what they were using to draw blood from. They put in a new line on her left arm to do this from now. Hopefully if all goes well we might be able to start talking about kangaroo care soon. I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high since I know it's baby steps, but it's hard not to.
Sean and I will definitely both sleep well tonight knowing she is doing so well right now! Thank you Lord!
Posted by Munkeesmama at 10:49 PM