Friday, February 1, 2008

Day 15: Look Ma, No Tube!



Liviana was extubated around 10:00am this morning. All went off without a hitch. They gave her a nasal cannula with medical air at a low rate. She will likely (hopefully) be taken off of it tomorrow or Sunday.

Right after she was extubated and put on the nasal cannula and for some time afterwards she was hitting 99 and 100 on her oxygen saturations on a much reduced level (1 liter vs. 2 liters). While Dr. K. did not doubt our little "rockstar" (as the nurses call her) he thought that the line they had her air running into may not have been calibrated correctly and asked them to humor him and try one of the other lines. When they switched it her sats went to a more normal and expected level in the low/mid 90's. She is still a "rockstar" though.

I just can't believe that it was just 2 weeks ago that she joined us in this world. She is doing so well and I tell her all the time how proud I am of her. They are continuing to up her feeds and hopefully by Sunday or so we can begin introducing nursing to her. She has been off morphine since last night at 8pm and has not had any pain medication at all since then.

My mom (Dooda) went back to Wichita this afternoon. The kids are going to miss her so much. We have a babysitter to help out so I can be at the hospital so hopefully all will run smoothly.

Thank you again for your continued thoughts and prayers. Please keep little baby Kelly in your thoughts. She is in the room next to Liviana and went from doing great, nursing and getting ready to go home to being placed on a vent and bagged today. She is fighting a nasty recurring infection that resurfaced a few days ago and her little body seems to be struggling quite a bit with it. Her poor mother is up here all the time and they had to make her leave to go eat. She does not speak English and I'm sure that further increases her fear with the situation. Please keep them in your thoughts.

9 comments:

Mommy Dearest said...
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Mommy Dearest said...

HOORAY FOR LIVVY! What a big, strong girl. So happy for you all! (I had a misspelling in the first comment. What a dork I am for re-typing it!)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the milestone. I hope the feedings go as well. She is a cute one (almost as cute as Sabrina--just showing my gma status and stuff). Really, am pleased and I do think she is cute.
Sabrina's gma

Anonymous said...

We are keeping up with you here, and we're thinking about you guys all the time! It's so good to hear Livvy is doing well. She's so cute! --Jill & Kevin

Tricia said...

She's BEAUTIFUL! (But I bet you already knew that, huh?) Here's hoping you can start working on nursing soon! I'm VERY hopeful for you! The sooner the better! Praise the Lord for his faithful, healing hand! I'm so excited for you!

Michelle said...

Yeah!!!! I have been reading updates on Breath of Hope and am thrilled for you all! God is totally worth of all praise, isn't He?

Michelle
www.caringbridge.org/visit/maddiejoy

BirthRight Midwife (in training) said...

Wonderful!

Vicki Jensen said...

YAY LIVVY! You're cruising! You've got yourself one touch little girl!
Vicki
mom to Jack, ECMO/LCDH, 8-20-07

Elizabeth said...

WOW! Not a rockstar a magician ;-)!

This is wonderful news - just thinking when you were expecting her and look how much she has done!

Livvy you are amazing! Miracles Happen...

Keeping the other little one in my prayers too. It must be so hard with the language issue.

With thoughts, prayers and LUNG FUNCTION chants to continue...
Elizabeth