Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Today was a long day, but a good one. Owens and I spent the day "hospital hopping". We began the day at Palmetto Richland with mom, moved over to Baptist with Morgan Kate, back to mom, back to Morgan Kate, one final time to mom and ended the day with Morgan Kate. Travis and Trenholm caught up with us on the last round of visits. Travis and I have now spent a total of 51 days at the hospital - we can tell you which elevators to use, the best foods to eat, and we can even help with some medical needs. Ha!

Morgan Kate is doing well! When Travis and I left tonight she was down to 32% on her oxygen. Today she ranged anywhere from 31% - 42%. We were thrilled to see 32% when we left tonight. Please pray that she will continue to need less oxygen. She is also continuing to tolerate her feeds and weighed in tonight at three pounds and five ounces. Yes, you read correctly - 3.5!! The nurse weighed her several times just to be sure. 

My mom's surgery also went well. The surgery was supposed to start at 9am and they didn't end up taking her back until almost eleven. Once back, the surgery took two hours. The doctor removed an ovary and fallopian tube (the other ovary and tube had already been removed). The doctor also removed a large nodule of some sort from her left side. The nodule was very inflamed and irritated which was causing lots of pain. They sent the nodule down to pathology. The final report was not back this afternoon, but they were almost 100% certain it was NOT cancerous. As she was leaving the operating room they gave her some pain medication. She had a reaction to the medication and actually stopped breathing for a while. They were able to give her another medication to counteract the pain meds. Fortunately, this helped with her breathing. Unfortunately, it knocked out all pain and anesthesia. Therefore, she was awake long before she would have been and she was in very intense pain. They tried several different pain meds this afternoon and most of them caused her blood pressure to drop. As of 10pm tonight I think they had finally found one to work and she was starting to get some relief and trying to rest. 

God has been so good to our family! We are so very thankful! Thank you for all of your prayers and words of encouragement. Please continue to pray for Morgan Kate's lungs to mature and for my mom's speedy recovery. 

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Heather,

We are rejoicing that your mom's surgery revealed no cancer! Praise the Lord! Please give her a hug for me. Make sure she tells you about how Maggie's friend is scared of Uncle B. I think he needs to talk to Trav! We are proud of Morgan Kate's continued growth. Can't wait for the shower! We love you! Aunt Terry

Anonymous said...

What great news! I am so glad to hear that your mom is doing well. I am glad to hear that Morgan Kate is continuing to gain weight. That is a great sign!
Wendy H

Celeste said...

Hey Heather and Travis,

Well i can not believe how much Morgan Kate is growing. Wow 3.5 that is great. I was only 3.2 so she has beat me! She is a strong and determined little girl. I love reading the updates everyday! I can't believe you find time to do it! We are praying for Morgan Kate and Mrs. Kathy's speedy recovery!
Love to all
Celeste Soles Zeigler

Hollie Heming said...

Great news on everyone! I'm so glad the surgery was successful. Kaky has to be well for when Morgan Kate goes home, which won't be long now as she continues to gain so steadily. Each ounce is a step closer to her being released. I'm so glad to hear all the great news! Would love to come back and visit again in the next few weeks. Love you!

Hollie Heming said...

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Anonymous said...

This is great news! Sounds like yesterday was definately tiring but rewarding! WOW 3.5 pounds...really!? She is a determined little angel! Can't wait to see you both (soon). Wonderful news about your Mom we are thinking about her! Love you! Raven

Lyn said...

Heather, what a joy it is to open your blog and read all this good news! Your Morgan Kate is such a little fighter! I can't wait to meet her...and at this rate it won't be too long! I'm so proud of you and Travis - I see where she gets her fighting spirit. Give your Mom a hug from me. All of you are in my heart and prayers. Blessings, Lyn Byrd