Monday, July 20, 2009

If You're Happy and You Know It...

Here is Bridgette enjoying one of the drawings her cousins sent to her hospital room. The works of art now adorn the outside of her crib, and the balloon my Dad's company sent her is floating cribside too. She likes playing with it.

Yesterday, Bridgette had more up and down. Her bile was less green for most of the day, and then it turned back into dark moss around evening. This morning she's been pretty clear and had two very full poopy diapers right in a row. The poo looks just like green/brown water.

The surgery team made rounds this morning and the head doctor made the decision to take her off the pump today. It's an experiment, one we've tried before with disappointment. So now we wait to see if she vomits. If she does, we turn the pump back on. (We're keeping the nose tube down just in case.) If she doesn't and continues to poop, then we will get to give her some clear liquids tomorrow morning after the surgery team assesses her.

They've also pulled her I.V., her I.J. (yippee!) and her tummy dressing. She still has three pinrose shunts to drain the incision sites (the shunts are called vesiloops and look kind of like yellow rubbery twisty-ties) and steri-strips to hold her sutures together, but her wounds appear to be healing nicely.

In the meantime, baby is intermittently sleeping, crying, and playing, like any baby would do. She's just doing it in a bit more discomfort than a normal baby and with all kinds of tubes and wires attached to her. Her lips are dry and cracking now, and she seems perpetually sore and reticent, in no matter what position she's resting or playing.

Just FYI, I wrote this entry last night, but when I went to publish it, the system crashed. I was far too tired and annoyed to do it again. So this video is from yesterday morning. I have no editing software here, so the clip is a titch long. Bridgette is pulling her cord, reaching for the camera, and clapping. If you're happy and you know it...

7 comments:

Paul said...

So sweet to see her happy smile! It brightens my day!

Paul

Lisa said...

So cute! I'm glad you're documenting this well. It will be something to look back on for sure!

I was mostly struck by how still she is. Sarah hasn't been that still her ENTIRE life. Bummer that Bri's is medically induced!

Paul said...

Oooohhhh - sweetness!!!

Hugs from Anutie Brenda

Angela said...

you have the sign! :-) Glad she is doing better today.

Chelsea said...

Yay Babs! I love her giant grin. Let's get this kid discharged so I can work on convincing her that she likes me. (An uphill battle, I know.)

Brooke said...

I hope you're having good luck without the suction today. Thinking of you and sending positive thoughts your way.

Ann-Marie said...

Thanks for keeping us posted, including video! We love you guys and keep praying for you and Bridgette! And give your sweet mom a hug too. I appreciate your insights, wisdom, strength, and faith through all of this. You and your family are amazing!!!