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.
-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.