Monday, March 22, 2010

Bundled Up and Moving

Steven here...

Last night, Jamie and I went to tell our sweet angel good night. While resting her head on the top of the wall of Ellie's bed and holding her precious daughter, Jamie dozed off. Just as she left the NICU, Lisa (Ellie's nurse last night) decided that Ellie had been just irritble enough already though we could bump up the midnight "touch time".

We didn't have a poopy diaper, but that was ok. Lisa checked Ellie's stomach contents and her 8:00pm feeding hadn't digested yet so it was just a matter of waiting. Lisa mentioned that she would swaddle Ellie, as she likes being bundled up. In addition, it would keep Ellie's hands from grabbing her ET tube (intubation) and her feeding tube.

Just before I left the NICU, Lisa mentioned that Ellie was doing so good she might adjust her vent to 25 breaths per minute and 25% O2 around 2:00am. She thought Ellie was ready for this and it was yet another step in the right direction.

At her 4:00 "touch time", Ellie had a LOADED DIAPER. Yet another pleasure that just seems so odd.

Jamie and Janice took a peek early this morning before Janice headed to the office; she'll be back around noon or so. I woke up upon their return and heard the joyous news. Lisa had in fact adjusted the vent as planned and Ellie was responding famously. Another step in the right direction!!!!

The moving part of the title is that we are ending our stay at Hotel Deaconess today. They have not booted us out, nor have they mentioned anything about us leaving. We just feel it is the right thing to do. And, we are at peace with it. Mostly because Janice's boss, Ricky, is loaning us his 5th wheel trailer and we will be staying just behind the hospital in the RV parking. It should be A LOT more comfortable than a delivery bed with a mattress that is more like a stiff pool floating device, a roll away bed that is so springy a large man might sag to the ground, and a pullout couch that is more like a piece of ply wood with a 1/2" of worn out foam matting. Not to say I am ungrateful for our accommodations, but, our body's are pretty worn out and need a little more support. So, HUGE HUGE HUGE thanks to Ricky!!!

And, just in case you read this, Ricky, Jamie would really like it if you let her Carson (our Corgi) come stay with her in the trailer! Just kidding...she does miss her Carson Bug though.

All in all, another great start to a gift of a day.

This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoyce and be glad in it!

1 comment:

  1. Yay, yay, yay! I love reading your blogs as each one becomes more & more postive. xoxo