I had planned on writing a post looking back on the past year, I had not planned on doing it from the hospital. Yes, you heard right, we are back in the PICU.
No, we don't jump at the first sign of sickness and cart our daughter off to the hospital. Quite the contrary we tried everything to STAY HOME, but after 8 hours of walking a thin line we gave in and went the the emergency room where we were quickly admitted to the PICU.
Once again Faith's condition quickly began to deteriorate over night. Increased work of breathing, needing 4X her normal oxygen requirements, bloody secretions, and increased vent settings got the better of her. So we're ringing in the new year from The Children's Hospital, once again.
She's doing alright today. Still working to breathe (when I say that, that means you can see her ribs every time she breaths and her nostrils flare- imagine how hard you breathe after a fast sprint- that's her breathing, even on a ventilator). She's on pretty high settings right now (a rate of 20) on a more powerful ventilator. So who knows how long we'll be here. Believe us, we've been pushing to go home since walking through these doors, but in due time. Among other things she's on IV antibiotics which will hopefully knock out the perpetrator this time around.
So no reminiscent posts tonight, we'll save the well wishes for 2009 for when we are OUT of the hospital.
Brian & Jen