Thursday, October 9, 2008

Kyle called this morning to check on mom and Morgan Kate. While we were talking he said, "Well you sure are spending a lot of time at hospitals. Do you think they could get you some scrubs and a nurses' badge to wear?" Ha, ha!

I got to talk to the Dr. E, one of the neonatologists, this morning for quite some time about Morgan Kate's lungs. It's been weighing very heavy on my mind and I just wanted some additional information and a plan for what is next. Dr. E did an excellent job of explaining things in my kind of terminology. In a nutshell Morgan Kate's lungs are like a small bunch of balloons (air sacs). Some balloons are easy to inflate and some aren't so easy. Therefore, Morgan Kate is only using a small percentage of her lungs. Also, because she is a preemie her lungs have some scarring and inflammation. As she grows and gets older the percentage of her lungs that is scarred will become smaller and smaller. She will also be able to inflate those difficult balloons (air sacs) that will not inflate now. We should be patient and let her grow. I wish it was as easy as it sounds! They are also giving her some medication to help with the inflammation and fluid in her lungs. She was up a little on her oxygen today and stayed around 44%. Hopefully they will be able to get her down some tonight. Since she has been under the hood we have not been able to hold her. In order to hold her we would have to put the cannula back in and I just don't want to put her under any stress. Of course my heart breaks not holding her, but I don't want to do anything to jeopardize her progress. We may try using a mask tomorrow. One of the RT's said we could attach a small mask to the end of the oxygen hose and hold it up to her face while we are holding her. I don't think we would be able to kangaroo or hold her for very long, but anything is better than nothing at all. We'll see I guess, like I said, I don't want to do anything that stresses her out.

On a good note, she is continuing to tolerate her feeds and weighed in at three pounds and six ounces. That is what we like to see  - growing, growing, growing!

My mom is also doing some better. She was able to shower today and walk twice. She is still in A LOT of pain, but I know or I pray each day will get easier and easier. Yesterday as soon as she woke up she asked about Morgan Kate. I told Owens that we had been knocked down a few notches on mom's list and Morgan Kate was now #1. 

Prayer Requests:
-Please pray that Morgan Kate's lung will continue to mature and breathing will become easier for her.
-Please pray that my mom will get some relief soon and have a speedy recovery.


5 comments:

sarah said...

Glad to see and read that everyone is doing well. We have been keeping you all in our prayers and will continue to do so. Tell Trav we love him and give your mom a hug and kiss from Jimmy, Morgan Kate too! Love you and hope to get back up there soon. Sarah Maier

Hollie Heming said...

Wow! You've got a heavyweight on your hands. That girl likes to eat, I see! Go Morgan Kate! I'm so thrilled about the weight gain. I will continue to pray for your two most special girls. Love you!

Ann Hamrick said...

It's hard to believe that Morgan Kate has actually doubled her birth weight! She has been such a fighter. Staying with someone you love in a hospital is so very stressful and hard. Don't forget to take care of yourself. That helps your mom and Morgan Kate also.
You all continue to be constantly in our hearts, our thoughts and and prayers.
Ann Hamrick

Anonymous said...

It was so good to see you and give you a hug yesterday! Lyn and I had prayer for Morgan Kate last night and again this morning...it does take time but she's a little fighter and eventually get those "balloons" to inflate. Each of you are in our prayers so many times throughout the day and night.

Enjoyed having time with your mom..my sister :) Love you all and I'm sure you, Owens, and Kyle don't mind being next in line behind Morgan Kate (referring to your mom)...she is soooo precious.

You have so many things going on right now that might have you feeling a little scattered....but I found this scripture... Encouragement for the anxious heart...John 16:33a
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace."

Peace to your heart & soul,
Lyn & Phala

Anonymous said...

How did Owens take being moved down the list??? Trust me your mom have more than enough love for all of you and my children too!!! I still can not get over MK's weight gain. We just praise God for every ounce. The lungs will get there. It all sounds so good! Have a good weekend and give your mom an extra hug for me. Love, Aunt Terry