Thursday, April 23, 2009

11:15AM Update - Thur.


Sorry...that last post was interrupted because they wanted to get Kate up on her feet. She wasn't able to walk at all but we will try again later. Right now she is sitting next to me in the 'camper' on the couch. :)

So...chest tube. It will stay out unless she drains too much fluid into her chest. Please pray that she doesn't need a new tube put in. She would go back to PICU for that. Let's just pray that God continues to miraculously dry up her fluid output! :)

She also got her oxygen tube taken out of her nose!! And then...the big thrill of the day...they pulled her NG tube to see if she would eat today. It was so big and causing her to gag almost every time she tried to swallow. Could you please pray that she will eat/drink today?! I am coaxing an Instant Breakfast down her but it's going very s l o w l y.

She is smiling today, though. It is soooooooooooooooo good to see that sweet smile. Every time a nurse comes in, she shuts down and refuses to look at them. Her day nurse was determined to get a smile, so she brought some stickers and that did the trick. She was rewarded with a little smile and Kate showed her the stickers that Mama had brought from home.

Total Chest Fluid Output for 24 hour period:
Left side 65cc's
Right side 50cc's

She only has to get to 45cc's to get them out and go home!! Unfortunately, it was her left tube that came out this morning. Praying to be home by Sunday!! :) If so, that would be a total miracle straight from our Father in Heaven!! :)


"I got to hang out for awhile with my Mom in the camper. I'm a bit of a princess, though, and I have decided that camping is highly over-rated."

13 comments:

Tori said...

Celebrating her remarkable progress with you and continuing to pray God's healing touch on her!! The pictures of her are precious, she looks like herself! :) God is so good!!

Lori said...

GREAT pictures!! Kate looks so much better! Her coloring, her eyes seem brighter and those pigtails are fantastic!

I will join you in praying you get to go home on Sunday!!!

Tammy said...

Woo Hoo! What exciting news! Kate looks amazing!

Jaime said...

she looks so much better! God's handprints are all over that little girl!

The Prieskorn Way said...

God works miracles, I am sure Kate will continue her recovery and be going home much sooner than you thought!! Wonderful news, she is a DOLL!! What a great and devoted family she has!

Kim K. said...

GREAT pictures!! Those pigtails are priceless. Love that smile. God is good.

trustandobey said...

Yummy photos. So pleased to hear of her progress. Once they sit up and color, they have turned a corner. Praise God!

Jen said...

Oh Karin,
How wonderful it is to see Kate sitting up and SMILING!!! She looks great. I bet if we could see your face, there is a smile on it too!! Continuing to pray for God's healing hand and that you can go HOME Sunday!!!

Deanna said...

Aw, Kate is looking so much better!
Sent the pictures out this afternoon. They may not make it there in time if you 'get out' on Sunday, but at least you'll be getting out!

James, Dawn and Family said...

HOOORAY Kate! Keep up the good work.

Angie said...

Praise God! Kate looks fantastic...what a difference from just a couple days ago. Praying that her fluid output continues to diminish and she can be home ASAP!

The McCarleys said...

WOW!!! I'm so happy to hear Kate is doing so well! The pictures are adorable. We will keep praying.

Sharon

Kimberly said...

I agree with her feelings on camping! I cannot believe the photos - they just tell such a different story this week! I am just so happy to see her up and smiley and to read that so many tubes were removed today. So happy for you guys!