Monday, October 31, 2011

A Bumpy Few Days

Luckily most of the bumps were for Mom and not Virginia.

Virginia has been doing very well with only a few minor setbacks. Her 2nd head ultrasound remained the same and showed no bleeds. This was wonderful news to receive yesterday! She has been doing really well with her feeds so they have been quickly increasing both the quantity and frequency of her little meals. This is great news for a number of reasons. First, because they were never able to successfully adjust her central line into the "perfect" position, but they now don't think they will need the central line because she is getting so much of her nutrition through her feeding tube. Secondly, the quick progression of her feeds means that she will soon start gaining weight, a critical component to getting her off of the ventilator.

The biggest challenge for Virginia these days seems to be her reliance on the ventilator. The ventilator makes it too easy for her sometimes, and she slows down the amount of breaths that she takes on her own. This is a very normal problem for babies her age. They have been adjusting some of her settings to help her be more consistent with her breaths.

Virginia continues to be a fighter and is impressing her nurses and doctors. We, of course think she is getting more beautiful by the day. Her coloring and skin look great, her eyes are very close to opening to the world, and her personality is definitely emerging.

I was readmitted to the hospital on Saturday night due to some complications from the c section. While I am very anxious to start feeling better, it is nice to only be a few floors away from Virginia. I am very ready to be back in my own clothes, eating real food and sleeping in my own bed though.

Sorry for the lack of photographs. I thought Id only be her for a night at most, so I don't have my camera here.

Thank you all for your continued prayers, good thoughts and support. Heath, Virginia and I are very lucky to have so many people thinking about us and sending good wishes.

Specific prayers that we could use:
That her doctors are able to further lower her ventilator and isolette settings.
That Virginia start taking more and more of her own breaths on the ventilator.
That Virginia start to gain weight.

1 comment:

  1. Alyssa, we're praying for your healing as well so that you can be as strong as you need to be.