Saturday, May 17, 2008
This morning at the 9am visiting session, we walked in Victoria's room to see what looked like a ventilator back on her face. I felt my heart drop. But, come to find out it was not a ventilator. It is something called a CPAP. It gives Victoria oxygen and puts a little more pressure in her lungs.
The reason why they had to use this on her is because her left lung collapsed early this morning. Dr. Alten (see him in the photo to the left) believes this was due to all the secretions she has had in her lungs. They are constantly sucking stuff out of her lungs, nose and mouth. They believe that her lung has already inflated back to it's normal size so they will probably take the CPAP out in the next few hours.
Just continue to pray for our sweet baby. She is taking a little longer in her recovery than we thought she would. It may be a few more days before she is in a real room. We've told Dr. Alten that we want her to be in CICU until they are really ready for her to graduate to a room. We are not in a rush to get her out of there. He agrees and assures us that he will keep her as long as necessary. He's a great doctor and we have really enjoyed getting to know him.
Dr. Alten asked me today if Victoria is always so active. I told him that at home, even with a heart condition, she was pretty active. She always loved to lay in her cradle and just look all around. Her arms and legs would be going everywhere. She is just as active now in CICU, which can be a problem with some of the things hooked up to her. But, Mark and I love to see her wiggling around!
We are going to move out of the hotel we have been in and spend a night or two with a friend. We are not really sure how many more nights that Victoria will be in CICU, so we just play each day by ear. We are thankful, though, to have so many people offer their homes to us. We are blessed!
Thanks for your prayers and know that we thank God for all of you!
PS - Here is a little video of Victoria with her CPAP.