Thursday, December 4, 2014

One step closer

So Little Dorrit's surgeries and eye exam went well today! Hooray! She now has a Broviac catheter and a Gastronomy button. She still has a hemorrhage in her right eye so she will have to have another surgery to remove that but today's successes bring us one step closer to coming home. We are hoping her eye surgery can be scheduled soon. Because of her surgeries, Little Dorrit has not had anything to eat since 2 am this morning. I worried that she would be really upset all day because she was so hungry. Although she has definitely had her moments, she has not been inconsolable. I didn't think I would be able to hold her for a few days because of her surgeries but the nurses said holding her shouldn't hurt her and there was no medical reason not to hold her. Good enough for me! About mid-afternoon, Little Dorrit got really upset and as soon as I held her, she calmed right down and went to sleep. That happened again tonight so either she has really great pain meds or me holding her really doesn't bother the areas where she had surgery. It feels nice to be doing mom things too. Here we are tonight:
Don't mind the mask and yellow gown. Everything is fine. There is a baby in Little Dorrit's area of the NICU who has a cold causing her entire section of the NICU to be on isolation for 72 hours. This means whenever you enter a baby's room, you have to put on a mask, gown and gloves. It is super.fun. <--sarcasm>   At least it is only for 72 hours.

8 comments:

Jenny said...

Wonderful news! I loved the photo of the two of you. I think she stopped crying because she was in her mommy's arms.

Amber T said...

So fantastic! Steps are becoming strides to get her home!

Diane said...

We are so happy the surgeries went well. We send love and prayers to all of you.

Mary said...

This is FANTASTIC!!! Love the pic of you two together!! Praying for speedy recovery and eye surgery soon! Sending our love!!

Kel said...

Of course she calmed down. Twice. For you and you alone. You're her mama!!! She loves you.

Will the hemorrhage surgery allow her to see from both eyes?

A Little Tidbit: said...

How wonderful, the progress that little Dorrit is making. What a true miracle and blessing! Absolutely beautiful baby, just like her momma! Hugs and much love

Aria said...

Kelly, that is one thing I've been wondering this whole time. Does she know who I am even though I don't feed her and am not constantly at the hospital responding to all of her cries...being able to hold her and calm her down really helped me feel like I was being a mother to her.

The eye surgery should help her be able to see out of her right eye. We are hoping she will be able to strengthen her eye muscles in the future to overcome any lazy eye condition she has probably developed as a result of the bleeding.

Kel said...

I'm sure she does, Aria. You carried her in your womb and she learned the sound of your voice, the feel and noises of your body, and probably your unique smell as well. I mean, we all ask ourselves how much our infants understand, but at very rudimentary levels (which is probably all they have initially for survival instincts), she knows who you are. I have no doubts she recognizes your unique touch. (Not that she will calm down for you every time without fail though! Ha! We wish!) I'm sure she loves it when you hold her close and soothe her as only her mama can.