Midnight - Thur 4/19
This seems small compared to the other things I've asked prayer for - but my little girl has been miserable. She has spent much of the evening off and on fussy and gassy. I probably should choose another word - she is crying. I hate to see her in pain - after all that she has been through in the last several days. And of course this would start when we are at home. I've been holding her, rocking her and trying to comfort her (off and on) for many hours tonight. I'm thankful I'm able to do that!
She has been unable or not interested in eating from the bottle since 6am. :-( For this reason I don't think it's the feeding or taking in air. She is on the same formula as before so I don't know if this is a result of something with her surgery? I'm planning to phone one of the doctors in the morning if things aren't better. I hesitate to give her anything without "approval" from a doctor given her heart surgery and the fact that she is on other meds. KWIM?
I gave her some pain meds (prescrip from hospital) and she is currently sleeping well. I'm praying for a good night's sleep for both of us. We haven't gotten much this week. Please pray that we would figure this out so she isn't hurting. It is not like her to cry and cry and it hurts my mama's heart.
I'll update more as I can. Feeding is going to be a big issue for us. I'm hoping we'll get it figured out soon so that we can say good-bye to her feeding tube!
Praising God for His goodness. We are glad to be home!
Update 10:15am Friday 4/20
She slept fine through the night. Woke at 8am fine. By 9am (feeding time) she began to cry and cry. Cried hard for 30 minutes! I gave her pain med at 9am and I'm guessing it kicked in by 9:30am.
Called her ped and we are going in at 1pm. Please pray for my baby. She is not herself and having her cry like this just hurts my heart - not to mention it is a little frightening after what she has just gone through.
Update 4pm Friday
Thank you for your prayers, advice and encouragment! I love you all! :group:
We went to see her ped who checked her out thoroughly and feels that her crying was due to pain. :cry: Oh, that makes me feel so badly! :cry: I've heard so much about how they are trying to wean her from the strong meds and onto Tylenol only. For now, we are going back to the strong meds and weaning a little more slowly.
Eliana just sobbed and sobbed - both last night (and I did give her the strong med then) and this morning. Please pray that I would have wisdom in giving her meds and in cutting back when it is appropriate. I hate to think of her hurting.
As an interesting note, our pediatrician called Eliana's cardiologist who told her that he was surprised that she was released so quickly. I commented that I didn't like hearing that she shouldn't have been released. The ped. corrected me saying he didn't say she shouldn't be released only that he was surprised that she was released so quickly. I asked why he allowed it and was told that it wasn't his decision. *sigh* I really don't want my daughter in the midst of any politics and am trusting that this really was best for her. We've had so many positive things occur this week and am believing that this was for the best too.
Our ped. did say that the upside to being home is that Eliana is not exposed to any germs/diseases/infections that she might be there at the hospital. Believing that perhaps this is why she is home. I'm also close enough to go in if needed. And her care at this point is also something that I can handle. I've learning a lot more about nursing/critical care than I ever imagined - though not so much that I don't worry and that I have all of the answers!
Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for Eliana's recovery and that she would have no complications.
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