Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Short Lived

Well...Kate had to go back on the vent this morning around 10:30. She was working way too hard to breathe, was turning blue, her oxygen levels were dropping and her chest sounded really junky. They are pretty sure her failure is due to her lungs..not the heart. That is good news. They are doing an echo to get some pictures of her heart and all the doctors (cardio, surgeon, intensivist) are in there now doing all sorts of test and assessments. They just don't want to put too much strain on her heart with her having to breathe so heavily.

So...now, a few more days of Kate resting, breathing treatments and giving time for her lungs to heal. Most likely, she is so tired, she wasn't' breathing deep enough or coughing...so her lungs began to collapse and secretions got stuck in there.

We have learned one thing about life in the ICU:
Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity....Socrates

Remember that there is nothing stable about life in the ICU with an infant; therefore avoid undue elation in good news, or undue depression in the bad...Krista Layman

Yes...we are bummed...the tears have flowed. But...we know she can pull through and it will just take some more time! It's just so hard to just watch her while she is on the vent. Hopefully, they will start feeding her again and get her a few good days of some nourishment. That should help! And so we wait....

Larry and Cathy are back for the day...that will give us some distraction....if there is such a thing


Deanna said...

I'm so, so sorry that Kate had to go back on the vent. Praying that better days ARE coming, dear ones!!! I am again grateful today for the wisdom that God has given to Kate's doctors to KNOW what to do to help! Love you!

Melissa said...

I'm sorry. I always tell my families, it is one step forward and two steps back in the PICU. It's not easy to hear, but not unusual for kiddos like Kate who have been through so much in a week to "flunk" extubation the first time. Giving her a little more time to rest will allow her to be extra strong the next time around. Keeping you all in my prayers!

Anonymous said...

You are in our prayers and thoughts! PTL for doctors and espically Nurses who can see when our kiddos aren't doing good and can do the right thing. But even better news is that we have a great physician who has the ultimate healing power!

Hope you guys are able to get rested too while yet again you wait to hold your baby girl. Heartfully, Jenny

Judy Davis said...

Dear Kriat & Andy, I am crying along with you. That is a short time for such a little girl to breath on her on after such an operation. She is such a cutie. Time will be good for her. I am keeping up with all of your blogs.
Praying for you all. Love,
Judy & Charlie

Anonymous said...

Krista and Andy
We are so sorry. We were so elated when Kate came off the vent and hoped for the best today. The doctors will take good care of her and her precious little heart. Kate is a strong little girl and she will rest and heal for the next time they take her off. Glad Larry and Cathy are with you. Hugs and love and lots of prayers for all of you. Art & Reen