Ashley's Story

She will leave fingerprints all over your heart

10/23/2007

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

38 Comments:

At 1:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

great news!!! Enjoy the time with your family!!!

 
At 1:08 PM , Blogger Sun said...

WOOHOO - How great is this? YAY Ashley...amazing God that we serve. Sunshine

 
At 1:09 PM , Blogger Sheryl said...

Answered prayers, and a move upstairs! That's really good news! Thanks for sharing Ashley's life with us.

 
At 1:10 PM , Blogger CrownLaidDown said...

And those little things become treasures, don't they?

Praying for a most special time and amazing healing over Ashley!
Love,
Holly

 
At 1:17 PM , Anonymous Grandma said...

Yah Ashley - you're doing great and we're so excited for you to be "movin on up"!!! I'm so thankful this is happening and I give all the praise and glory to God who is so deserving! My prayers will continue and we'll continue to see HIS hand at work in Gherkin's little body. Can't wait to see you guys - Love and Hugs, Grandma G

 
At 1:18 PM , Anonymous Grandma said...

That was supposed to be "Yeah Ashley"

 
At 1:25 PM , Anonymous Courtney said...

Yeah! I am so happy that you are going back to where it is more comfortable for both of you! And where there is a shower for you!!! I'm so excited that your whole family will be together in less than 24 hours. Praying for their safety and a couple of really good days together! And for the feeling of fresh air on your faces...

 
At 1:26 PM , Anonymous Jule White said...

So happy to hear about the move upstairs! Way to go Ashley!

Thanking God for the baby steps towards going home. Praying for more "Happy Days" and for healing. I will be praying for Dave, Allie and Blake as they travel through the night. What a blessing it will be for you all to be together. And pumpkin carving sounds wonderful ~ praying for a little field trip outside!

Love, Jule White

 
At 1:35 PM , Blogger Sharon said...

Thank God for answered prayers! I'm so glad you get to go upstairs in time for your family visit.

 
At 1:36 PM , Blogger Elizabeth S said...

Yay!!! I am so excited for you and Ash! That is just the best news. I will continue to pray for you guys!

 
At 1:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad for this news! Praying for all your family, especially Ashley, this afternoon.

 
At 2:18 PM , Anonymous April in Colorado said...

This is such a wonderful post to read today! I know that Ashley really cannot grasp the significants of all the celebration yet but I think one she settles into a real room (with a view?) she will feel so much better.

What perfect timing for the upcoming visit!

Prayers continue....

 
At 2:19 PM , Anonymous dee buchanan said...

way to go, Ashley! Keep up the good work! That is so awesome! I know that that shower will feel extra good tonight! Praying that you get to stay upstairs....oh, yeah, and carve pumpkins, too.

 
At 2:33 PM , Blogger Dennis, Rose and our Clan said...

WTG Ash!! I am so proud of the hard work you continue to do as you fight to get home sweet girl! Enjoy your visit and I hope they let you outside to play!

 
At 2:37 PM , Blogger kingfamily said...

I'm praying that Ash will have some fun outside pumpkin time with her family. What a blessing that you positive things to look forward to.
Brandi in PA

 
At 2:43 PM , Blogger Gretchen said...

His mercies are new each morning, aren't they, Trish.

Wonderful news. I'll pray for the "little things" for you all.

 
At 2:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so excited about the move from PICU....plus it is one step closer to home as far as we are concerned. We continue to pray for Ashley and her family...especially Dave and the rest of the family that will be traveling. It is our prayer that Ashley will continue to tolerate her feeds and get to go outside and help carve a pumpkin with Blake and Alli. Wouldn't that just be the perfect day!

 
At 2:59 PM , Blogger Heather said...

Woo hoo! Hope you guys have a fantastic time this week!!!

 
At 3:21 PM , Blogger Laurie said...

What great news!!!! Moving day back to greener pastures. God is so good and He has His eyes on that little princess. I have been praying for her bowel to be beautiful inside and that the food is being absorbed. Praying for beautiful weather for you this week so you can all go outside and do the little things that mean so much to you. And grandma's comment is so cute. I'll bet she can't wait to get her hands on that little girl.
I am so glad you are not in So. Ca. here with the fires and horrible air everywhere. You would not think of taking her outside here.
Get a great nights sleep, both of you girls so you are at your best when the troops arrive in the morning!! I am so happy for you.

Love, Laurie in Ca.

 
At 3:28 PM , Blogger Michelle J said...

Most excellent news Trish! Little Ashley deserves to carve that pumpkin outside!! I am sending positive vibes your way!!

Laurie, are you near the fires?? I sending good thoughts your way also! I hope you are ok!!
Michelle

 
At 3:52 PM , Anonymous Tiffany said...

This is amazing news!!!! I am so excited for you guys! STill praying!

 
At 4:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay! Smiling from ear to ear for you. God is so good and allows us to have the desires of our hearts. I am so happy! Thank you for sharing and I pray that your time w/ Dave, Blake and Allison is blessed.

Shari

 
At 4:48 PM , Blogger Amy said...

Move up and OUT, I hope soon!

 
At 6:38 PM , Blogger tara dawn said...

I've been saying prayers and they will continue. So happy to read that ya'll will be moving up to the Peds floor. I hope precious Ashley gets to feel the pure bliss of pumpkin on her darling hands. Kind wishes and the love of a stranger sent across all the miles!
-TaraDawn

 
At 7:29 PM , Blogger Rachael said...

yeah yeah yeah!!!! good to hear!! enjoy the visit with your husband and the other kids : ) : ) : )

still prayin : )

rachael from pittsburgh

 
At 7:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What wonderful news!!! Hope you and Ashley are able to get outside in the next few days. Only one more day until Dave, Blake and Allie arrive, praying for safe travels for them.How excited you must be as the minutes draw nearer. Praying for a good night for you and the littlest pickle. God Bless..Karen.

 
At 7:42 PM , Blogger Catherine said...

That's wonderful news - will pray for continued blessings for your Ashley!

 
At 8:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful news!! Praying for a peaceful night for you both, and Ashley to continue to improve.
Beth

 
At 9:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is soooo good and His timing is so perfect!!!
Praying for yall!

 
At 10:10 PM , Blogger Amy T said...

WooHoo! Great news! Praying for the rest of your crew's travel tonight. I hope you sleep tonight. I know you are so excited!

 
At 10:25 PM , Anonymous Kathleen said...

Good news! Enjoy your family! Will praying.

 
At 11:11 PM , Anonymous Dee Dee in NC said...

Thanking our Father with you!

 
At 11:53 PM , Blogger Emily said...

HOORAY!!! Now I can come visit you more. ;)

I hope you have a FABULOUS time with the rest of the family, you all deserve it!!!

 
At 11:58 PM , Blogger Sun said...

I just wanted to let you know that we are praying for your families safe travel tonight! I hope that you all have a wonderful time together! Sunshine

 
At 12:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So happy to hear she's making progress. Hope you have a great visit with Dave, Blake and Allie tomorrow.
--Lee B.

 
At 6:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of all of you. Know that you remain in my prayers!

 
At 6:42 AM , Blogger Just little ole me said...

What wonderful news! Our God is an awesome God!! Praying for continuing recovery. Have a wonderful reunion and visit with Dave and your children.

 
At 8:54 AM , Blogger Gretchen said...

Good Morning! I pray that the visit today is just amazing and refreshing in every way for everyone in the family.

Blessings!

 

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