Up and OUT...
..of the PICU. We are getting to move up to the regular Pediatric floor today. YEAH!!!
I had prayed that we might be out of ICU when the kids got here. I had also prayed for her chest tube to be removed so that they might hold her. Were not getting the tube removed, but we are getting to clamp it off and see if she can do it. Thats progress, and thats a blessing to be counted. I am so excited to be getting to go back up where the rooms are larger, quieter, and more private. This is such good news for us and it came just in time for our visit. So I am packing for our move. For some reason Cheerios just taste better up there. I am so excited!
Overall Ash is handling her feeds well from what I can tell. She continues to hold on to a low grade fever and seems nauseated when she is moved or picked up, but I think all of that is to be expected. We have a CT scheduled on Thursday to see what she is doing with those feeds. Hopefully her bowel will look beautiful and show that the numetosis is all resolved. She fussed and fussed at me for most of the morning until I figured out that she had been reaching for her sippy cup. That baby was thirsty and wanted a drink, so like any compassionate mommy would I filled that cup with water and let her drink away. Who needs to ask anyway? She is now sitting happily in her crib with her cup and life is getting better for her. Just wait until tomorrow when her daddy and Blake and Allison come walking in!
I'm not trying to get greedy or anything, but I have been secretly hoping to have our "freedom" re-established this week so that we might be able to take her outside and let her carve a pumpkin or something with Blake and Al. This move upstairs makes that a lot more of a possibility. Please, please let this happen for her. I just know she will feel so much better once she goes outside and feels the cool air, sees the sunlight, sticks her hands inside a pumpkin for the first time, and gets to play. Its funny how important the little things in our life have become since Ashley Kate's birth.
Just wanted to let you all share in our good news today. I hope you are having a great day and I will visit with you later. Trish