Annabelle's chest was closed today!!! She remained stable throughout last night and did not have too much swelling so the surgeon decided to close her chest at about 1:00 this afternoon. She did very well throughout the procedure and is resting comfortably. We thought that it would be Sunday at the earliest but she is moving right along so far. They also took her off the paralytic drugs and put her on morphine. She is still very sleepy but when Scott and I just left her at 10:00pm she was beginning to twitch her fingers and toes. Also, when I went to kiss her goodnight and tell her that I love her she twitched her eyes, too! She has really impressed the doctors so far by remaining stable and having good pressures. Thank you, Jesus!
Her next big hurdle is getting rid of the ventilator. They will gradually reduce the oxygen levels throughout the next days. Please pray that she handle the reductions well and that her pressures still stay up without it.
Scott and I were very blessed to be able to have some sort of normalcy to our routine tonight, too. We were able to tuck Wyatt into bed for the first time in almost a week! It was very special for us (seeing as how we have been away from him more nights in the past week than in his 3 1/2 years). The PCICU is closed from 7-8:30 for shift change so we took advantage of that time to have dinner with him, give him a bath and put him to bed. It was so wonderful to be able to have that time with him...especially as my arms ache to hold my daughter. Holding Wyatt and doing our nighttime routine was an answer to prayer! We hope to be able to work that out often!
God has been so good to us! Please keep praying...God is hearing us all!