Its CRAZY how much I miss you guys when I have no access to Ashley's Journal. Dave walked in at 7:30 this morning and here I am. I knew I loved this guy! Thanks Babe!
I am so CRAZY blessed in this life. Each day I look around me and make it a point to acknowledge my blessings. Yesterday I didn't even have to try and look for them. They just kept falling all over me. I tell you it was CRAZY!
Our day started with the news that we would be moving out of the PICU. The next thing I new we were clamping Ashley's tube off and that meant we were making progress. Then around 6:30 we got to "move". Thats when the blessings started falling all over us. We walked into the biggest room we have ever had. What in the world did I do to deserve this? Nothing. Its just because He loves us. Next, I walked a little further into our room and guess what I found? A BED! A real life, honest to goodness, lay all the way down flat BED for ME. Did you read those last two words? FOR ME? I am so CRAZY blessed. The nurses who prepared the room for us are such blessings. They said, "We thought you might like to have your own bed so you don't have to sleep in the chair." I love these girls. They also made sure we had a "good" recliner to rock in, and what I call the "rolly" table(you know the hospital bedside tables on wheels) for my office. Then they said, "Were gonna step out of the room and allow you to move things around the way you like them." That made me giggle because they knew I would have to organize my different "rooms" for Ash and I to live in .
Then this morning a group of the most beautiful people I have ever seen in my life walked through the door. They looked amazing. Blake and Al are SO grown up. I missed 'em like crazy! What did I do to deserve to get to be there mom? I am so blessed. At this moment they are dancing around the room and entertaining Ashley Kate. She sits on her daddy' lap giggling, clapping and waving her arms for "more and more". She is so happy! and I am so happy to see them all together again. I am crazy blessed in this life.
As far as the progress goes, Ash is struggling with her feedings. I think they will probably be stopped today. She has been throwing up all morning. It doesn't seem to bother her. She just vomits and laughs and vomits some more. A little nausea isn't going to stop her from enjoying this visit. I'm a little disappointed, but it looks like she just isn't ready yet. We will have to see what the CT scan shows tomorrow. We are also waiting on the chest x-ray to show us how much fluid has re accumulated in the lung area. If it looks good we might be able to get rid of that chest tube. Ashley actually tried to pull it herself last night. It wasn't pretty. It took a team of 5 people holding her down, a dose of tylenol, benadryl, and morphine to secure it again. She fought and screamed like I have never seen. The blessing in this whole ordeal was that she showed us that she indeed can be mobile and get anywhere she would like to when she wants to. We could not keep her on the bed. She fought and crawled and scooted and moved so quickly we kept having to get more people to come in and help hold her still. This baby is going to get mobile someday. I just know it!
Well, I am going to go and enjoy this family I have been given. I just wanted to let you know why I was absent last night and that they have arrived safely. Grandma drove the entire trip and is now on her way to take a nap. Crazy, I know, but she insisted. Thanks grandma! She wanted Dave to be awake today so he could enjoy our visit. I tell you we are CRAZY blessed in this life. Thanks for loving us and praying for us and for being so excited about our time to visit with each other. You are appreciated. Trish