Ash is running another sprint. Perhaps we should call this one a marathon. It is supposed to last for 4 hours. I don't about you, but I have never sprinted for 4 hours! Anyway, if her blood gas at 1:00 comes back with good results then they will remove the breathing tube and she will attempt to breathe on her own for the first time in 11 days. Its a BIG step toward getting her home. Then the goal will be to get her breathing without the support of any oxygen, but we will tackle that another day.
On another note, Dave is running a marathon of his own this morning. He has been on the phone for a very long time trying to figure out how to fly here next weekend, land, fly me home for Allie's birthday, then get my return flight to land here in Omaha before his leaves to take him back home to the kids. Lots and lots of juggling looking for flights that will work and fares that we can afford. All of this being planned as long as Ashley Kate has a good week and is stable enough for me to feel safe leaving her. Oh, how I hope these things will fall into place for Allie's sake! She and I worked for weeks on the details of this very special birthday. We wanted it to be amazing since I missed it last year. We have had so much fun counting down the days. She is growing up so fast and although I am sad to see that she is not really a little girl anymore I am so very proud to watch her as she becomes a young lady. It truly has been planned to be a magical birthday celebration.
I had to giggle at her requests when we asked her what she would like to receive for her birthday. In one breath she convinced me that she was grown up now and that she needed more" grown up" bedding for her room. With much sadness in my heart I allowed her to choose a more grown up style for her room. Next she asked for a chandelier to hang over her bed because she is SO grown up now. We found the sweetest chandelier that will give just the right amount of light for her to read by at night. In her next breath what she requested caused a smile to spread so wide across my heart that I couldn't help but giggle. Even though she has convinced us that she is "grown" she still thought she needed a new doll. Such a sweet combination for my heart to hold on to. SO grown up, but yet still young enough to long for a doll. I love this "little" girl and missing out on this 10th birthday would break both of our hearts.
We will be sure and let you all know how Ash does and if she is breathing on her own by this afternoon. Her daddy and I are cheering for her to cross that finish line and receive the prize. I sure hope she does. Trish