Monday, August 24, 2009

And We Have Skin!

Tonight was an especially nice visit.
After the spit-ups from last night, we expected to see Karsie on 5.5mL of milk, but the nurse practitioner went ahead and bumped her up to 6mL. She will continue at her regular rate of increase (0.5mL a day) as tolerated. So if all goes well tonight, she will go to 6.5mL tomorrow. And though you might be getting tired of hearing it... she is still pooping which is fantastic news to us!
She was also increased to 8 hours on the nasal cannula tonight. So as long as she tolerates it, she will have 8 hours on and 4 hours on CPAP each shift. This is also great news!
The best news came during her dressing change. Our fantastic nurse, Amy, let Michelle help with the dressing change. While everything was exposed, Amy pointed out that the area where the patch was originally stitched was now skin!!!!! There are some places where it looks like as much as 1/2 an inch of skin has grown up!!! The patch is kind of moving up off the mound of organs. We are not entirely sure of the mechanics of all this, as the patch is/was sewn to her skin. But none-the-less, the skin is growing. There is still granulation skin at the very edge of the patch, but there is clearly new skin growing too! This is super great news because we anticipated this process taking much longer to progress. Granted, she still has a very large mound of organs for the skin to grow over, we are still pleased to see that the process is underway! We will try to get a picture of this soon.
Karsie is continuing to do very well considering all she has been through, and goes through each day. She gets messed with quite a bit... but she is a little trooper!
We are continually amazed by the power of prayer and the amazing support we are recieving. We still have a very long road ahead of us, but God is good and we are thankful for your faithfulness.


  1. That is SO wonderful!!!
    Thank you for being so diligent in keeping us all updated. It is not only a testament to the goodness of God, but also to Karsie's spirit of determination to flourish!

  2. YAY skin!! That is very exciting news! Karsie certainly is a little trooper. You have a very brave and strong little girl!

  3. Yay skin, grow!! Continuing my prayers for little Karsie!!

  4. Not to emulate comments but YAY FOR SKIN!!! Congrats mommy, another reason celebrate!!!