This morning, I had so much hope that the end could be near. After all, yesterday was a big day...Natalie was extubated!
She's making this change at the same time that her pain medication/sedation is being cut down, and that results in her being more aware of what is going on. Now her heart rate is shooting back up, as is her respiratory rate. She's doing a great job of keeping her sats up and coughing up all of the mucus from her lungs, but she's working harder to do it, and that's not a good thing.
|The BiPAP takes up her whole face...you can see why she doesn't like it!|
|Hanging out with my little one while she wears her lovely BiPAP mask|
|A SMILE! It's a beautiful thing.|
The sad thing is that I'm getting used to this. I'm forgetting what life is like outside of a hospital. Thankfully, Natalie and I have met some very special people. The nurses and respiratory therapists are just fantastic. Watching them work has been fascinating. They are so caring and so knowledgeable. I've learned so much from them, and at the same time, they've been so encouraging to us. By now, we've met just about every nurse on the floor, but somehow I've only managed to get pictures of Natalie with a few of them.
|Lori and Caitlin--we LOVE them!|
|Roxanne is an amazing nurse|
Speaking of the love she receives...a recent present from a neighbor back home is a wonderful addition to Natalie's ever-growing cast of stuffed animal characters on her hospital bed. Many of our friends will know and appreciate this teddy bear from Metigoshe Lutheran Church. Thank you, Kim, for this...
...and also for this. :) Would it look odd if I pour myself a glass of wine in the PICU?