Doing So Good

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wednesday March 19
8:45 a.m.
Mike just called over to the NICU to find out how Cayman did through the night. It was such good news!!! Neurosurgery was by to check on her this morning and said she looked better in regards to her puffiness. They ordered for her Morphine (pain medicine) to be decreased some more. Also ordered for her feedings to be increased. They'll continue her feedings through her G-tube (belly tube). No news yet about taking her off her breathing tube. I
have to believe we're close though!!!

12:00 p.m.
Cayman is doing so good!! The tube that we
nt into her stomach through her mouth was taken out today. They are giving her a continuous feed of breast milk. 1 cc per hour...so a very very small amount continuously drips into her belly through her G-tube. They did a "practice" breathing test on her where they turn the ventilator to manual breathing. She breathes on her own and if she is having any troubles the machine detects that and kicks back on. She did fine with that..taking every breath all on her own. Then after that they drew blood to test her gas levels (oxygen, etc) and those numbers looked great. So the plan is sometime today to take the breathing tube out!! We may get to hold her today!! It's been a week and two days since we held her last! Daddy and I are so ready...as is everyone else. I don't think anyone else has been able to hold her yet...just Daddy and I.

4:00 p.m.
Cayman's breathing tube came
out this afternoon!! She's breathing on her own perfectly! It's been such a happy day for us with so many things going in a positive direction.

She's had some visitors today: Grandma Stamm (Mike's mom), and his sister (Sam), and our Pastor (Dave).

7:00 p.m.
Earlier this afternoon, Mike and I sat in on an infant massage class. I am so excited to massage my baby. I have to wait yet though. She has so much stimulation going on with the tubes, healing, and the NICU is
actually not always a very quiet place with all the machines that beep. I've wondered when Cayman is home and crying, if the way to calm her down is to make beeping noises instead of singing her a lullaby. I've been doing some massage on her, just not a lot. It's really tough with all the wires and tubes she has. But when she had all that swelling, and once we found out she did not have a blood clot I went to massaging any part of her arms and legs I could get to, to help her circulation so that the swelling would go down. Being a massage therapist, I am so ready to love on my baby through massage!









18 Showin' Comment Love:

samantha said...

Thats such good news!!! Can't wait to see you guys soon!! :):)

Anonymous said...

That's GREAT News Kristen & Mike. Thanks again for keeping us posted and for posting all the precious pictures of Cayman. I'll Keep you all in my Prayers and thoughts. Have a Great Day. Donna

Donald, Lisa, and Co. said...

Hurray!!!

Beth said...

Woo-hoo!!!! You are doing a great job keeping everything up to date!!!

Thoughts and prayers,
Beth

Tammi said...

Kris and Mike - we are so happy for you guys! Cayman is one strong little girl! She is going to prove that over and over again. - Look how many times she has already! I can't wait to meet her!! We will continue to keep praying. We love you guys!

Anonymous said...

Grandma is in line to hold her -- yipeee -- we love to cuddle --
Love you guys!!!

Donald, Lisa, and Co. said...

I am thrilled!!! Wow!! What a wonerful moment that will be for the two of you...to hold that blessed baby. I don't think you should have to share her for a while :)

Tammi said...

It's so good to be able to see her face again without all of the extra tubes. She is so beautiful - I love the pictures! She looks so peaceful! Have I told you that I can NOT wait to meet her! :O) Soon I'm just going to get on a plane and come out there! :O) It's not like I haven't done it before?? :O) This time you aren't pregnant so maybe you won't cry so much! I love you Kris! :O)

Jennifer said...

Her puffiness is WAY down and she is soo cute!!!!!!! Still praying for many more "right direction" moves!! Yay Cayman!!!!

Karen said...

She is so adorable! Praise God, He is answering our prayers one by one! I cannot wait to hold her and to love her up! In the mean time, please give her some hugs and kisses for us!

Michelle said...

Congrats! Breathing all on her own is such a wonderfully big step!

Anonymous said...

Praising the Lord for everything!! You and Mike get your holding of Cayman built up, because as soon as we get a chance it will be our(MY) turn!!

We LOVE you all and you are in our Prayers!

Aunt Linda/Great Aunt Linda

Shannon said...

Hooray for getting rid of some of those tubes and for how well she's doing--what a tough little girl you have! It looks like her swelling has gone way down too...can't wait to see pics of you guys HOLDING her! :)

Anonymous said...

oh Charlie... she is sooooo beautiful!!! These are for Cayman too XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX
Thanks for your wonderful updates & of course the pictures!!!
P.S. in case you haven't noticed - I LOVE being a Grandma

samantha said...

I can't wait to hold my baby niece either!! but i think next time we should make sure i get to see Cayman first...not grandma! haha. love you! :):)

Anonymous said...

I think she looks like her daddy - more than just her toes :o) ..... but she acts like her mother..... right?

Anonymous said...

How are you doing? Congrat's for having such a beautiful and strong girl.We are keeping both of you in our prayers.May Almighty blessed Cayman and all of you. Once again congrat's. Kristine, send me your number, 219 805 7221. Daisy, Bush and Zaki

Kacey Bode said...

WOW!!! Cayman is such a strong girl!! This is such great news, breathing on her own is HUGE!!! She looks great and you sound like you are doing really good too!! Can't wait to see more pics!!!!!