The Crew

The Crew
Christina, Matthew, Joshua and Katie Grace XiHua

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Day 10 in PCICU - Day after Extubation

Christina (16) is waiting for her little sister to get back home for all of those sister moments!

As I had posted last night, we needed to get through last night to sort of "weigh" if she could handle the step of extubation and remain off of the ventilator. I hadn't posted anything yet today, because I sort of felt like we needed today too as she only made a very small amount of progress since last night.

I will say however, at rounds, the Dr said she is doing well and is making progress! I feel confident they will not need to reintubate. I am trusting in God for that.

Here is the progress she is making:

Her oxygen saturation levels are good - mid 90's.

Her heart rate is good.

She is coughing up the junk.

She is calling "mom" in a hoarse voice 500 times an hour. :)

Blood gas levels are good.

She said, "I'm hungry" and ate a whole popsicle and some chicken broth.

Here is where she needs improvement and specific prayer:

1) Her blood pressure is still high. They tried to dial back down the BP med today just a bit but her pressure got way too high so they had to go back up.

2) She still has that effusion in her lung. It is smaller but still there. (they do an x-ray every morning). Dr believes she has some Pneumonia. :(

3) She is VERY weak. Cannot lift her head. Cannot interact or focus yet.

4) She is having terrible withdrawals from the drugs. Shaking, jittering, crying, fever.

Thank you all for your wonderful prayers and comments, I read them all carefully and prayer your prayers!

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7


  1. Praying for your baby girl in St. Louis tonight...

    SOOOOO grateful to God for the blessings of your Katie Grace! Believing she will continue to blossom and that she will be back home making memories with her family once again!

    Love and blessings,

  2. I have been reading and following all of your posts. Praying Katie Grace will continue to get better and regain her strength more and more each day. May God give you strength as well as you walk each day through this.

    Holding you all in my prayers,

  3. Prayed those prayers and will keep at it.

  4. I've been praying for her several times a day. I'm praying for you too. I know where you stand and I know how hard it is. I felt like I aged ten years while Dmitry was in the hospital.

    The Lord is in control. She is healed. Now we just get to sit back and watch his miracles with wonder and joy.

    I'm still praying for strength for all of you. Know you are on our hearts and in our thoughts.

  5. Annie, I'm praying for your sweet beautiful Katie Grace! In fact my parents and sisters are praying and following along too! Thanks for the update!


  6. Every day is an opportunity for Katie Grace to get stronger and closer to going home. Wishing and praying for another good day of recovery. Thinking of you and your entire family:)

  7. Prayers continue!!! :) I remember the long days in PICU with Jeremiah!

  8. It's going UP hill, such good news!! Praying for you all, now not from South Africa, but from Connecticut!! Love to you al, M xx


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