Sunday, February 8, 2009

more on avery

I wonder how many tears a person can produce. Seems like I have spent a lot of time crying in the last twelve hours. Ever since Avery went into the hospital on Wednesday, she has been on oxygen. The oxygen monitors kept going off because her oxygen saturation went down below the safe zone. We found out she has apnea, which is (hopefully) a treatable thing at this point. Avery got transferred to an infant ICU at about 4 PM our time yesterday. She just could not breathe. She went downhill in a matter of moments - she turned blue. She was intubated and then the doctors asked Sarah for permission to do some blood work and a lumbar puncture. They think she has a secondary infection. I do not know the results of this at this time. What I do know is that she is now quite heavily sedated. And maybe, between the ventilator and the sedation, her little body will get a chance to rest and heal. One positive: Thursday and Friday she had taken the bottle from Sarah, who has been pumping to provide for Avery, and was up to 7 lbs 9 oz. So that little bit of weight gain should help her too. Please pray for all of them and the doctors and nurses too, as they work to help our little girl heal.

I will be going back out there to help them. We are just going to take things day by day, as to when I will go. Sarah said that her condition seems to just change so quickly. Yesterday morning she was doing so well and then suddenly she wasn't. So, we don't know how it is that these things work exactly but we do know that God is in control.

Meanwhile, if you want to know a little more about this disease Avery has, check out this website:

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