Wednesday, April 22, 2009

7:45PM - Update

Kate's little hand

Houston...we have poo-poo! I repeat...we have poo-poo! Hooray! I know it's gross to be so happy about poo, but poor Kate was in so much pain. She seems more comfortable now. Thank you, Jesus.

They switched most of her meds to oral today, rather than IV. Her central line is deteriorating and they want to be able to get it out. It would have come out today if there was any way to get an IV in a different spot. Due to past inability to get an IV started, they couldn't take the risk of having no IV access. So we have been being VERY careful with that IV!

Once the oral meds started to hit her stomach, she started throwing up. Poor baby!! Oh my goodness, she was the most pitiful sight. After three rounds of barfing, we all figured out that she was really sick to her stomach. They gave her some medicine for that and wow...what an improvement. She perked up enough to want to hold her balloon and a book. The book cart had come by and I got her one, thinking maybe later in the week she would want to read it. I got another little smile out of her when she saw it and she spent a few hours clutching it. Too cute!

Counting down Kate's Chest tube fluid output (so far today):
Right side 65cc's
Left side 39 cc's

A lot better than 90-100 cc's PER HOUR!! :) I just asked the nurse if the fontan kids normally go down each day on fluid output or if they fluctuate and she said they normally go down. So...let the countdown begin!

A vase of sunshine that was delivered today from a sweet friend!

She has eaten some Goldfish crackers today, so I'm hopeful that is the start of getting her to eat. Once she is eating, hopefully she will regain some strength. Big brother, Ryan, came up to sit with her tonight while I went downstairs to eat. We took her for a ride in a special stroller and she didn't like it at all. It was interesting getting all her tubes into the stroller with her.

I had to interrupt the writing of this post to hold Kate!! I looked up at her and she reached for me. I leaned in close and she put her arm around my neck. Be still my heart! Then she pushed my head back a bit and started stroking my hair, the same way I have been stroking hers the past few days. It was a moment. :) She continued to look into my eyes with all of the love in her heart just pouring out of her big brown eyes. I am so blessed to be her Mama.

Mama's heart feels better tonight to know that my Kate is showing some signs of being on the mend.

"I love you, Mommy."


Gretchen said...

See, my friend, things will get better quickly! I am so blessed to see and "hear " so much happiness from both of you! Love you both!

trustandobey said...

Hi Karin,
I am so happy to hear some good news. What a difference a week makes.Yeah for Kate pooping! That can be miserable. Yeah for my Kate too.(She went on the potty tonight.)I will be praying for a peacful night's sleep for you both.Wonderful news about the fluid output. It would certainly seem that you all will be out sooner than later.
Good night,
ps-do you mind if i put your blog address on my blog list of sights?

mncfi said...

Way to go Kate!!! We are very happy for the poop, and just thrilled to see that little sparkle in her beautiful eyes. We will keep praying for the fluid output dropping, for peace and healing.
Love Fi

Neli said...

Hi Karin. It's Neli and I wanted to wish you all the best. We don't know each other very well but I can tell you that I LOVE your family. I can't explain. I wish you all the best and give Kate a BIG KISS for me hopefully she'll remember me. Take care and stay strong as always.

Kim K. said...

Yippee for Poop and goldfish crackers. I'm praying that her poor little tummy continues to heal so that she can digest more real food. Sleep well tonight. Hugs!!

Lynsay said...

She is so precious! I just love her hair! I'm weepy just looking at her... oh goodness what is going on! Continuing to pray that those awful chest tubes come out soon!

AS for the poo, I was just thinking yesterday that it has been awhile since we have heard about poo, for awhile there we were getting daily Jake "poop the back" updates, this by far is far more exciting than Jakes poopy back (even if he is darn cute as well!)

Michele said...

Gosh, I got teary eyed reading that one. Funny, considering I don't even know you guys! hehe.

Anyway, praise Jesus! It was so good to hear spirits are being lifted! There is a light at the end of the tunnel!

Keith and Kelly said...

Yay! So good to hear about her improvement, and we'll keep praying.

Kimberlie said...

Hi Karin! It's so good to see Kate smiling. I am sorry about the barfing, and I totally get being excited about poo-poo. Mei-mei didn't poop for almost 4 days in China and then she only pooped every 2-3 days. It was quite distressing for all of us. So hooray for little victories!


Debbie Olson said...

So glad that Kate is feeling a bit better after that, Karin! We're still praying for all of you.

Kimberly said...

Yeah!!! Great job, Kate! She looks great, her eyes are so bright! So happy to read this this morning. You must be so happy!!

Meredith said...

Yay for poo poo!!!She looks so much better!!!
We'll continue to pray that the fluid levels keeps going down.
Such improvement...Praise God!!!!!
Love you, Meredith

Jaime said...

such wonderful news! i'm glad she seems to be "forgiving" you for the torment sh'es been through. such a sweet, sweet post.

Cari Bacon said...

WOOHOO!! It's so exciting to hear of the answers to prayer. All the improvements you listed from the eating solids to the poo are things I have been specifically praying for. God is so good! Look Karin...the sun is out today!!! :)

Karin said...

Lisa, no problem. I'm honored that you want to!