Follow along on our family's journey with our newly adopted daughter from China. I advocate for children as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem, representing abused and neglected children in court. I share my faith here and my desire for the care and justice of the abandoned and lonely in the world.
Christina, Matthew, Joshua and Katie Grace XiHua
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
MELTY, MELTY, MELTY - We had an Emergency - Day 7 Post -Op
Just to lighten the mood, I thought I'd post this pic of Hua Hua after she colored on her face with a marker. Just look at her face after I said, "Hua Hua! What did you do??" Oh we laughed about this!
Ok, so remember yesterday when I talked about that feeling I get when I am SO scared that I tremble inside and my stomach and legs feel all MELTY?
Well, THE MELTIES struck again.
Let me first say that Katie Grace Hua Hua is okay this morning and her numbers are good. So that we are so thankful for.
Now, back to THE MELTIES.
We had 3 MELTY EVENTS. 2 durning the night and the GRAND FINALY of MELTIES this morning.
At around 1:30 AM, Hua Hua woke up and seemed to be in pain. She grimaced and made a cry face. (she can't actually cry with all her tubes). So the nurse gave her morphine and adivan. Then she took her temp and it was 102.3F (I found out later it was 103.7F :( an hour later). Then Hua Hua began to twitch and jitter.
THE MELTIES began.
Well I had not seen her do this yet, in this setting or ever. I told the nurse to come and look at her. We weren't sure what it was. I suggested she was having a reaction to the meds. She thought the fever. Well, it wasn't shivering and she didn't have goosebumbs on her arms like you do when you get the chills w/fever, she was jerking. So the nurse woke up the Dr and he came up and said it was the fever. They gave her Tylenol and started back on antibiotics.
I fell back asleep and awhile later the dingers go off and Respitory comes in to suction her vent tube. She notices that there is a lot of goo in Hua's chest, so she has to squirt saline down the breathing tube, push the line down and suction the goo back up. She did this 3 times. This was awful for Hua Hua.
Again came THE MELTIES
SOOO... at 5:30 AM, her dingers go off, and I am up on the 1st ding. I look at her and see she is moving her mouth a lot and there are bubbles coming out. I ask someone walking by to get my nurse quick and the tech looks in and sees that the Hua Hua has extubated herself!?? Well my heart just dropped to the floor. She has too much sedation to breath for herself!!!
BIGGEST CASE OF THE MELTIES EVER
Every Dr and nurse on the floor rushed to her room. They began breathing for her with a hand bag and for the next 40 minutes tried to reintubate her, while she was still awake :(. They tried twice but not successfully. So they called in the anesthesiologist from the ER and she got it in. Then they had a hard time getting one of her nose tubes in. Meanwhile they are still using the hand bag ventilator. They were successful and she did not ever lose too much oxygen.
TOOK QUITE AWHILE FOR THOSE MELTIES TO MELT AWAY
Your prayers have brought me peace and encouragement everyday. That is the honest truth!
Yesterday's prayers answered:
She wakes up less and less fearful, although there are still some sad moments, she is more like a dazed wiggle worm the past few times. Thank you for covering her in prayer for this.
New medication is working well, she is going to be of N.O. today hopefully!
Albuterol is effective. The Dr said to not worry that it makes her heart rate go way up for that time.
Please pray for today:
1)Her Medications for pain and sedation:
They believe that either she moved her central line out enough to have her not absorb all of her medication today or she is getting used to it. But each time she got medication today, she has started twitching, jumpy, shaky and waking 30 min later. Like she is coming off something. Please pray they they decide the best avenue for her.
Pray the find the source of her fever. They have her on antibiotics again which is awesome. One theory is that her breathing tube could have gotten a little infected. Well since she pulled it out this morning, maybe it was meant to be.
3)Her numbers are doing well last night and today. They are thinking they might be able to extubate by Friday. Pray she doesn't have any setbacks and can wean off everything. She is down to 4% Nitric Oxide! Just 3 to go. She is still at 90% oxygen and will be taken down by 10s to 40%.
Heal me, O Lord and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for thou art my praise. Jeremiah 17:14