Made of Gray

4 mths old (yesterday)

201 Days in the NICUHolly D Gray6 Comments

The past few days have been really rough for all of us. Eric and I have been basically living at the hospital and they were sweet enough to give us a room that we could rest in so that we didn't have to drive all the way home. Right on schedule Caleigh swelled up enough to need the oscillating ventilator on Friday night. Eric and I had just left to go home to eat and let the dogs out when it happened. The swelling puts too much pressure on her lungs and she can't expand them on her own. The oscillator sends short puffs of air into her lungs and it sounds like a really loud washing machine on the spin cycle. So when we got there she was pretty much letting the machine do all the work for her. That night there was a lot of ups and downs trying to get everything adjusted just right. Sat. morning she had one episode where her air way spasmed and they had to help her breath for 5-10 sec. This happens in older babies because they spend so much energy fighting the tubes and trying to breath around the vent. After that, things started to get better. Her swelling is slowly going down and she is able to breath around the vent comfortably when she wants to. She still has another 24-48 hrs to go before the swelling is down enough that she won't need the oscillator. Caleigh is still getting tons of meds to help with everything from urine out put, platelets, potassium, antibiotics, pain meds, etc.

Caleigh is such a strong little girl. Right on schedule she opens her eyes and looks at us before she gets her pain meds. We tell her what a fighter she is and how proud we are of her. She's fought the vent since day one and her little body is fighting the swelling as I type.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers. We can feel God's love for our baby daily.

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