Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Snowball Effect

Things have been looking so good lately that one of the Children's Hospital employees said to us that a lot of times when things start to look good and go well that it snowballs because the babies have more energy to spend on less problems, if that makes sense. For example, since Karsie's breathing has been getting better and better, her body is naturally able to concentrate on helping other problems like Pat, which is also getting better faster, which then gives her body time to concentrate on other things too. Hopefully this will continue to be the trend.
A quick update on our status: Karsie is still doing well. Pat is close to coming off the more the granulation tissue grows. They changed her dressing changes to every 12 hours, but then increased the amounts since, after 12 hours, her dressing was drying up and sticking to the granulation. Her feeds have been increased to 7mL, which is where we had to go back a few days ago. While this is good, her TPN level has been increase because Karsie continues to get heavier. She is currently over 3 kilos, which is almost 7 lbs. They are still going up .5 mL a day as long as she doesn't spit up. Her breathing continues to go well and she is tolerating the full 24 hours on nasal cannula. The only hiccup to that is she holds her breath at times because she has reflux. We think this causes her quite a bit of discomfort because she holds her breath and winces, which causes her to desaturate on her 02 levels. However, it doesn't take long for her to get back up once she stops holding her breath.

Finally, the occupation therapist came in and talked with Michelle, as we posted earlier, about how to play with Karsie, which has been great for bonding. She was read to last night and was fascinated by the pictures shown to her in the book. She stared at them intently. This is a new development since it was only a couple of weeks ago that she wouldn't focus for long enough to see a picture.
Kevin is coming back tomorrow which will be good for him to see his girls, but also good for the blog as most of our media (pictures, movies) is done from his computer, so this weekend the blog should produce a lot of that.

8 comments:

  1. This post makes me so happy. That sweet lil girl is a fighter!!!! Way to go Michelle...you are an amazing Mama.

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  2. Julie (Denton) KorkisAugust 27, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    What wonderful news! I am an old friend of Kevin's from Rowland Heights Naz and I have been following your blog for about month. I have 2 little girls myself and know how precious daughters are. Your little girl is on my mind daily and I am overjoyed to hear about your family's snowball of good news! May she continue to impress us all and make Mommy and Daddy SO proud! Way to go Karsie!

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  3. Oh my goodness, that is such an awesome picture of Karsie looking at the book! She really seems to be paying attention to it... yay! I really look forward to reading to her some day. :)

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  4. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
    Jen x

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  5. Kelli - Remember to bring some chapters of your dissertation when you can read to her.

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  6. This just makes my day. I love seeing her looking around and hearing such good reports. Let it snow for sure! Thank you Jesus for your compassion.

    Jenn Klein

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  7. I just LOVE the picture! It's hard to wrap my mind around how far she has come. Praise God!

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  8. I love that you are already reading to her - And "Goodnight, Moon" - a favorite! She is so blessed in so many ways, but wonderful parents needs to be added to the list. Way to go Karsie!- Cathy, the librarian :)

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