Ashley's Story

She will leave fingerprints all over your heart

2/22/2008

Bye Bye Vent!!!

They just extubated Ash at 2:15. Woohooo.... So far she is looking really really good. She has only been off for 15 minutes but she is having oxygen saturations of 100 on 2 liters of O2. That is a much better start than she did last Sunday.

Ash personally does not seem as excited about this adventure as I do. I guess that is because she is the one with the really sore throat and the holes (chest tubes) in both of her sides. In rounds this morning they did mention perhaps taking the chest tube out of her right side today. I do hope that happens because it will be one step closer to her coming home.

Please be in prayer specifically for Ash's ability to breath today. Let's pray that she can stay off the vent. If she can make it then we will be out of here and back home before to long.

Now it's off to the laundry room for me. Does a grown man folding a bunch of pink blankets and all things pink baby clothes make him a Nancy boy? I hope not.

DAVE

36 Comments:

At 2:47 PM , Blogger Pete, Alison and Charlie said...

Well done Ashley! We only found your blog this week, and I spent two LOOOONG evenings reading it from start to finish! You're an amazing little girl, and you have an amazing family to look after you... but you probably already know that! My youngest son, Charlie, has had those nasty chest drains in just like you, and I know he didn't like them at all, so here's hoping your doctors can take them out soon so you can go home. Keep hanging in there, little darling, you're a real star! We're looking forward to keeping up with your story!
Lots of love is sent to you from Cardiff, UK XXX
http://charlieturner.blogspot.com

 
At 2:48 PM , Blogger Laurie said...

No Nancy Boy here Dave, you are just a fantastic husband to Trish and daddy to your kids! Such fantastic news about the vent being out and I am praying Ashley flys and breathing is normal. Praying for the chest tube to come out too. This is just so great. Prayers continue for both of you and for Ashleys healing and heading for home again. Thank you so much for letting us know. Have a wonderful afternoon with her.

Laurie in Ca.

 
At 2:53 PM , Anonymous Kimn said...

Yeah for Ashley
She continues to be an inspiration...she has so much fight and bounce back in her!!!!

 
At 2:53 PM , Blogger Astraea said...

Wonderful news!!! A Daddy folding pink laundry is about as manly as it gets. A sign of a great Dad!!

 
At 2:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea for Ashley!!! That is fantastic news and I will continue praying that she can stay off the vent now and hopefully get that chest tube out soon!! You will have her home before you know it! And by the way, you are certainly not a Nancy Boy. You are one special Daddy! Enjoy your weekend with Ashley. :)

 
At 2:55 PM , Blogger turtlemama said...

Folding pink blankies make you King of the Daddy Mountain.

 
At 3:00 PM , Blogger Dennis, Rose and our Clan said...

LOL Dave I can see you folding the pink blankets now and I am smiling from ear to ear knowing Ash did so well with the vent gone and I pray the tube gets to come out soon!

 
At 3:01 PM , Blogger Melissa Green said...

What great news.....GO ASHLEY KATE!!! Praying that healing will continue to progress. Hope Trish and Ali enjoy their weekend together. Happy Birthday Ali!!

May god bless you all........
Melissa

 
At 3:03 PM , Blogger Sun said...

Praise Him! Praise His Holy name! YAY Ashley - YAY Daddy for doing the laundry! Have a great day together - lots of cuddles and snuggles - Sunshine

PS Tell Trish I hope she is having a great weekend!

 
At 3:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is wonderful news!! Longview is my home town and I hope you are back there soon!!!

 
At 3:06 PM , Blogger Keri Ann said...

Yippee!!! I'll be praying for the Lord to help Ashley's lungs keep working on their own, drawing breaths in and out just like He designed them to!

 
At 3:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

YEAH!!!! Go Ashley. I am so happy to hear that the vent is out. Now for the chest tubes and then its HOME I assume. I couldn't be more happy. I don't know if you have time to read all these, but if you do, I am assuming Trish made if home okay? I have been praying for an easy calm flight for her today because I know how scared she is of flying. I will continue to pray for all your needs. God Bless...Leigh Ann

 
At 3:23 PM , Anonymous Lisa said...

Our God is an Awsome God, I continue to praise his name. Thank you Father God for removal of the vent, Father God we pray for Ashleys breathing to get better and stronger by the minute and second. Father God we pray her lungs continue to heal and dry and her chest tubes be removed very very soon. Thank you God for choosing such great and loving parents as Dave and Trish and great brother and sister.

 
At 3:31 PM , Blogger Judy said...

YAAAHHHHOOOO!!!!
I am so excited that the tube came out! It sounds like things are heading in the right direction.
And a BIG FAT NO to sounding like a Nancy boy. It actually makes you sound like a caring daddy : )

 
At 3:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah for Ashley! So glad that she's off the vent and doing well. Prayers for the chest tube to come out and she continues her good breathing.

Jennifer in OKC

 
At 3:59 PM , Blogger Amy T said...

Yay Ashley!!!! Praying you are still breathing strong on your own and that it stays that way. And Dave, it makes you more of a man that you can wonder about being a Nancy boy, but still love your daughter enough to fold her pink clothes. What a good daddy you are! :) I imagine that Trish will get a kick out of that question though.

 
At 4:05 PM , Blogger ManyBlessings said...

Way to go Ashley!!! Keep it up little girl!!
d

 
At 4:16 PM , Anonymous Molly said...

Not sure what the girl version of Nancy Boy is but I am pretty sure I am not that and all I get to wash is lots of boys clothes.
You get Dad of the year for washing all the pink stuff.
The best Dad's do laundry and dishes! :)
You go Ashley's Dad!!

 
At 4:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to Go Ashley!! Dave - You and Trish are incredible people. Thank you for sharing Ashley with all of us!
Windy Leal - Austin, TX

 
At 4:39 PM , Anonymous April said...

No, you are not a Nancy Boy! You are a great dad who has gone to every length to love his children! Good job!

Oh, Ashley! Congratulations on your extubation! Keep breathin', girl! I think you have really made your mommy and daddy's weekend!

Prayers...

 
At 4:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buy that girl some camouflage, take charge!!!

 
At 4:47 PM , Blogger Dkswife said...

Absolutely great news! More prayers are coming your way!

:)

 
At 4:53 PM , Blogger Shari said...

Yay Ash! Go baby go! You can do it! We are praying and rooting for you sweet pickle! And Dave, ummm...no...you are not a nancy boy folding your daughter's clothes. You make me laugh.

Praying!

Shari

 
At 5:12 PM , Blogger Tink said...

No Man is so Great, as the one that bends to help a child!
I think you are a very strong family , you take ang give your strength to each other.That is what makes a family .
A Nancy, you will never be..
I myself think all men should fold a baby's clothes sometimes, maybe then they could touch on a gental side they are missing!
I am so glad Ash is breathing so well now, Prayers continue in my home for her . How is the Party going? Can't wait to see pictures!
Brightest Blessings to ALL...

 
At 5:27 PM , Anonymous Stephanie - KCMO said...

Thanks for the update. I'm so glad to hear the vent is gone. I'll pray your specifics. Dave, doing pink laundry means that you have a Daddy's girl that you would do anything for. Love, Stephanie

 
At 5:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a great and caring daddy (and husband) to be folding Ashley's pink blankies and little outfits. Everything you do speaks volumes of your love for Trish and your children. May God richly bless you for the sacrifices you make. Praying for a wonderful weekend for all of you. LA

 
At 5:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol..Dave, You..Nancy Boy..Not in this life time!! Just a daddy who loves his little pickle dearly.WTG Ashley..We're all so proud of you!!!Your one step closer to your little yellow house.Thinking of Trish tonite as she helps Allie celebrate. God Bless her sweet heart. Keeping you all in prayer..God Bless..Karen.

 
At 6:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...what wonderful news. Hope that Ashley is still doing great and continues to not need that ole vent. You keep up that great work as Super Dad...as Super Mom gets to enjoy the weekend with Blake and Allie. You are all such a joy to read about. You will never know just how many lives have been changed by the journey you have traveled. We count it a joy to pray for you and know that God has great things instore for Ashley!

 
At 6:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! Praying for some good breaths for your little pickle. Peace and prayers, always.
Julie

 
At 6:51 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

Yay, Ashley!!

Dave, folding all that pink stuff doesn't mean you're a Nancy Boy, it means you're an awesome, dedicated daddy to a sweet little girl!

Trish, enjoy your time with Allie. I bet you guys are going to have all sorts of fun!

I hope Ashley has a weekend full of great continued healing and progress!!

 
At 7:08 PM , Blogger Deb said...

PRAISE GOD!!

Keep it up, beautiful Ashley Kate!

And, Dave, keep folding those pink blankies!!

Praying, praying....

much love, in His name-

Deb

 
At 7:42 PM , Blogger The Dean Family said...

Great job Ashley! Keep it up! God is good. Still praying!
Love,
Angela

 
At 8:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise GOD!!! Go Ashley Go!!! Such wonderful news!! I pray for her continued success!

Dave you are FAR from being a Nancy Boy!! LOL You are both wonderful parents in my book!

Praying you ALL home....

May our Good Lord continue His Blessings :o))
~Okla

 
At 8:46 PM , Anonymous mom2three said...

Woohoo!!! Still praying for you baby Ashley. You must feel much better without all those tubes. Have fun with your Dad this weekend! Much love from Nebraska.

 
At 9:22 PM , Anonymous dee buchanan said...

No, not Nancy boy-a man with a servan't heart. Jesus' washed the disciples feet. He was no Nancy boy.

So, glad to hear how well Ash is doing! Praying you can all be home together soon.

 
At 10:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never a Nancy-boyish thing to do if you are doing it for your sweet little gherkin. :)

 

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