Saturday, February 21, 2009



21 February- A lot has changed since our last update. Kelly is healthy enough to visit Caroline but now has to visit in a new location. She has been moved to the South wing of the NICU which provides a private room, a much quieter setting, and a couch and extra chairs for visitors. From a medical standpoint the significance of being at the South end is that babies there have shown they need less intensive care and don't need a nurse hovering quite as close. Caroline's feedings have been increased seven times the amount she was getting last week and she is up to 3 lbs 12.3 ounces. The doctors and nurses are talking about removing her from all IV fluids and medications as early as tomorrow. Soon they will begin to test her ability to maintain her own body temperature and will look to increase her feeds even more. If there is one thing still not quite where we would like it to be, it is her breathing rate and oxygen level. As you probably read, they had to increase her oxygen levels a few days ago and have not been able to turn them back down. Hopefully, as she continues to grow and develop her dependence on the nasal cannula will soon decline.

6 comments:

Granny Janny said...

God is still asking us to trust Him completely. We will continue to take one day at a time and be thankful for it. There is so much to praise Him for. For me, I'm thankful that Caroline is growing every day, I'm thankful for her sweet smiles, for the wonderful doctors and nurses, for the awesome hospital. I thank God that Caroline is doing well with her feedings, that she sucks her binky, that Kelly is over the flu and is getting stronger each day. I thank God for friends and family who have taken care of us and prayed so faithfully for us. I know sometimes I have to remind myself to praise Him for each day because each day is filled with miracles and blessings. Caroline's nurse today is obviously a Christian. As we visited this afternoon she looked me straight in the eye and with such intensity said "She is a miracle". Yes she is! I want to praise God each day for the miracle he has given us. To God be the Glory!!!!

Charlie said...

Those pictures are amazing. Thank you for sharing them. I look forward to meeting that beautiful girl! God Bless your little family.

kstroud said...

I am SO happy for your new family! What exciting news. Caroline is not only a miracle baby, but a lucky little girl to have you as parents.

Maynard and Joy Howell said...

I can't believe how much bigger and older she looks! I haven't been there for 5 days! I'm having withdrawal pains! I will be up soon!

Maya B. said...

These photos are just beautiful. I check the blog every day, and itch for updates! It is true - she is such a miracle baby. I am so happy for your good news. Kelly, glad you're feeling better. You've had such a difficult road, and I am nothing short of amazed at your unwavering faith and positivity. You are a truly wonderful family!

Kristi Aguilar said...

This is so exciting to read. How I wish lived close enough so that I could just pop in and see Caroline and her new room. These pictures are so precious and Alex teared up when he saw Jeff reading the Bible to Caroline. What sweet parents! We will be, as always, praying and awaiting the next exciting update. Much love! Bercos