"His mercies are new every morning!" That promise has proved true for us yet again on Day 13 at the hospital. We arrived this morning to a room full of doctors, nurses and staff at Lilee's bedside. A pretty scary looking scene but in reality they were just doing their normal morning rounds checking on each patient. All in all, Lilee has great news to report this morning. Lilee's midnight X-ray last night showed her "pneumothorax" or small pocket of air above her left lung is still there. However the doctors say that it is small and doesn't seem "problematic." Because of this, they are not going to go in with another tube and try and remove it! Thank you Lord! Also, due to her great stats in terms of her heart rate, blood pressures and blood gasses, they are going to allow her to have her first bottle this morning! YEAH!!! In fact, Erin is downstairs in Lilee's room right now giving her long awaited breakfast!!!
That's not all! Good news comes by the buckets this morning. Also in their rounds, the doctors signed her transfer orders to move her up to recovery on the 3rd floor! That news is HUGE because it means first that she's stable enough to be moved and even closer to going home! Oh, I forgot to mention this big news to: They also took out BOTH of her big chest tubes last night so now she only has a couple of IVs still in her and the rest are just her regular monitor wires! There is a monitor that is still in, that actually goes to the right side of her heart and monitors Right Atrial pressure. That one is also scheduled to be removed today. This is fantastic news because that is the last thing that needs to go before mom and I get to pick her up and hold her again! Wahoo!!!
As I said before, moving to the 3rd floor is news that we've been hoping and praying for the last several days! The "short clock" begins ticking once we get up there. If she continues to improve on schedule, we could be discharged as early as Sunday!!! "E" and I are planning on Monday or Tuesday but Sunday would be a welcome surprise and early Christmas present!
Wow, lots of good news today. Praise the Lord. It came at just the right time I think. They say that it's always the darkest right before dawn. Yesterday was a pretty low day for mom and I as mentioned in yesterday's posts. But a new day brings new joy. Romans 5 reminds me that "tribulation produces perseverance and perseverance, character and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit." I know the love of God has been poured into Lilee's new and improved heart much because of the faithful prayers and support from all of you, our friends and family. I think what Erin and I have felt through all of this has been an overflowing from Lilee's little heart to ours. Thank you Lord and thank you all! Looking forward to getting to come home soon. Have a wonderful weekend.
Resting in His grace,
Mom, Dad and a rapidly healing Bean!