This submit was initially posted on my Fridays With Lorelei Facebook page together with a number of different updates. Tune in there for extra updates.
I assumed NICU life was exhausting. I’m actually considering that PICU life has it beat. Immediately was yet one more curler coaster after a troublesome evening. We misplaced one other PICU neighbor and Lorelei’s vitals had been everywhere. Early within the morning I used to be startled awake by a resident telling me that Lorelei’s coronary heart charge was dropping and her blood stress was too excessive. We sat on pins and needles all day. She would rebound after which labs would set us again once more.
Immediately, within the midst of the loopy, I bumped into the attending physician we had final week. Earlier that morning she had made me promise I would go away the hospital in some unspecified time in the future, which in fact I didn’t do. She checked out me and mentioned, fairly matter-of-factly, “Wanna go for a stroll?” Shocked, I mentioned certain, assuming she meant across the hospital. Subsequent factor I do know we’re getting in her automobile and driving ten minutes from the hospital, to stroll round a quiet Floridian lake, surrounded by lovely bushes. Away from the hospital. Away from the loopy.
From our first encounter, I’ve revered her honesty. On the day that Lorelei crashed and needed to be intubated I used to be taking a look at her as I sobbed, whereas making life and dying choices. In that second she was to-the-point, however empathized as one mommy to a different. Immediately she was not our physician, she was one other particular person, in a city the place I’ve no individuals, who acquired me away. Who helped me clear my head. And that proper there’s the definition of compassion.
Assuming we now have an uneventful evening, Lorelei’s Orlando staff has a plan in place to drop the sedation meds tomorrow at 6AM and extubate at 8AM. Please pray for our little warrior, that her physique can deal with this enormous change and that it seamlessly picks up when the machines are now not serving to her. Hopefully per week of intubation was sufficient for her buckets of reserve vitality to refill and her mitochondria had the prospect to perform a little R&R (since the remainder of us missed out on our household’s vacay!)
Pray for the nurses, medical doctors, therapists, and everybody else concerned in what we hope is an uneventful morning. And pray for us, Lorelei’s mommy, daddy, grandma, and all our household at house… as a result of whereas I do know God has a plan for us and I do know He’s aspect by aspect with us on this storm, I’m nonetheless an anxious mommy who merely needs greater than something, to see her little woman snigger once more.
(Additionally many because of the nursing workers who’s past wonderful. I wish to take all of them house with me!!! They don’t do main nurses right here however have settled in with just a few “primaries” for us. And a pair nurses went above and past to assist us print 10 image of Lorelei to hold across the room!)
With hope, Lorelei’s mommy,