Today started off great! Harper got rid of her catheter and her feeding tube, she came off the ventilator, and she devoured her first bottle. It was amazing to watch the transformation! The best part of today was that I got to hold that sweet baby in my arms again. That is such an answered prayer and it did this mama's heart soooo good!
Unfortunately we had quite a set back this afternoon that we are continuing to try and work through. Harper's breathing became very rapid and she was sounding very congested. In addition to that, she was running a pretty high fever. Chest x-rays showed that Harper's right lung has collapsed, probably as a result of the extubation today. It took several chaotic and stressful hours, but she is now stable and pretty peaceful. We are trying to avoid going back on the ventilator, so they immediately started the CPAP and treatments to try and open that lung back up. We won't know for sure how well it is working until we have more chest xrays done in a few hours, but her breathing and heart rate have both slowed down and it seems that she is doing better. Hopefully the xrays will confirm that and she won't be at such a high risk for reintubation.
The whole ordeal really took me off guard and was a stark reminder of just how quickly things can change. It's so scary to think that one minute she's fine and the next minute, every doctor, nurse, and respiratory therapist in the unit are all crammed in her room working at the same time. It's such a helpless feeling.
I want to celebrate the victories and blessings of the day, but I also want to ask you to pray for Harper over the next day and week, that her little body can hold up to all of this stress and she can recover from such a hard surgery. Such heavy matters that this little love of mine has had to face.
She continues to amaze me with her strength. She is in a terribly uncomfortable situation right now, but she's tolerating it very well and I'm so thankful for that!
Praying for peace and healing for Popper tonight, tomorrow, and the rest of the week!
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