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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Helpless

Last night when we arrived at UAB, when went to see Victoria in her unit. They had tried to start weening her off of some of the oxygen. Mark noticed when we actually first walked in to see Victoria that her oxygen level was in the upper 60's. Mark mentioned that her level was low and the nurse agreed and increased it. At Women and Children's Hospital, they wanted her oxygen level to be kept in the 80's. Her doctor arrived and updated us on her condition. He explained that they were in the "weening process" and Heather and I noticed that he turned down her oxygen support to 21%. About two minutes later, Victoria started breathing very quickly and the alarms started to sound. Several nurses and the doctor quickly surrounded her to address Victoria's problem. I saw the doctor and male nurse use their stethascope to listen for her heart beating. I could see them shake their head "no" a few times, which I was pretty sure meant that there was no heart beat. I could be wrong, but I felt pretty sure that is what was going on. The doctor increased her oxygen and did a few other things on the piece of machinery she was hooked up to and eventually, her color came back and she became stable. Mark and I prayed for her during this entire episode, but looked at each other with blank stares. I knew we were both thinking that this may be it. We may lose our little 8-week old baby right now. The doctor and nurse were so sorry that we had to witness those events.

Thankfully, we did not receive any calls overnight of her having any other episodes like that. We are praying that she remains stable. We are leaving now to get a little breakfast and will head over to the hospital.

Please pray today for little Victoria to remain stable. Pray the Lord gives Dr. Romp guidance concerning her case. Pray that the Lord does something amazing in her. Pray that the heart surgery is able to happen before the weekend.

We love you all and thank you for your prayers and support! You have been a true blessing to us and our family.

8 comments:

Lani said...

Heather & Mark,

I am praying for you, Victoria and the doctor and nurses. Your faith and trust in God is inspiring. May He use you to show others He can do all things when we trust Him. Praying for you, Lani

Pamela said...

We are praying - we love you - Pam & Gary

Wes Dykes said...

I am praying for you and your family. If you need anything, let us know.

Serving Him,
Bro Wes Dykes

Melody and Doug said...

We are praying for you guys. we love you!

melody, doug and kali

Bryan Moore said...

I know that was a scary moment/moments for you guys. Just remember that the Lord has his arms wrapped around Victoria every step of the way. NONE of this is a surprise to Him.

We love you and continue to pray for you.

Bryan and Andrea

Debbie said...

Mark and Heather,

I received Dave and Jackie's email (which included a link to your blog) this morning, and while we have never met, I wanted you to know that people everywhere are praying for your sweet baby girl. Our church service is tonight, and little Victoria's name will be included in the prayer list. Thank you for allowing us to follow your journey. - Debbie (Greer)Chadwick

Lisa M said...

Heather & Mark,

Our entire family is praying for you. There are prayers from Alabama to Shreveport to Oklahoma. All for little Victoria. We believe that He can do all things! We love you all.

Ralph, Lisa, Dylan & Samantha Mitchell

allison said...

I'VE READ YOUR MESSEAGES AND MY HEART POORS OUT TO YOU GUYS...YOU SEEM LIKE SUCH A STRONG AND LOVING FAMILY WHO HAVE SO MUCH FAITH AND BELIEF IN GOD THAT GIVES SUCH A WONDERFUL TESTIMONY TO MANY PEOPLE..ESPECIALLY ME.. I'VE PRAYED FOR VICTORIA , AND HER LITTLE HEART THAT SHE'LL BE STRONG AND FOR THE SURGEONS WHO HAVE THE TASK OF FIXING IT..I ALSO PRAY FOR U AND MARK AND FOR ELLYSA AND NATALIE CAUSE I KNOW THAT THIS IS HARD ON THEM BEING W/O U AND NOT UNDERSTANDING WHATS GOING ON AND WHAT'S WRONG WITH VICTORIA. I HOPE TO COME AND VISIT WITH YOU IN B'HAM,AL PLEASE CONTACT ME IF U CAN SO I CAN GET IN TOUCH W/ YOU NEXT WEEK. LOVE, YOUR OLD FRIEND ! AND I AM OLD!! HA! ALLISON.