"For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made
in the secret place, when I was woven together
in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my
unformed body; all the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be."
Psalm 139: 13-16
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The remainder of our hospital stay included an ultrasound of her kidneys and bladder and a consult with a pediatric urologist. Our neurosurgeon is trying to decide how soon, if ever, to operate on her tethered cord. She scheduled her for urodynamic testing next month to give us a better idea of whether or not she's having any bladder dysfunction which could indicate that she needs to have the surgery. It will also help us to see if she's having any reflux in her kidneys, since they are both on the same side and "snuggled up" together.
We'll go see a surgeon next week to discuss the possibility of having a g-tube placed in her tummy instead of the NG. The less time she spends with a tube down her nose the better. I worry a lot at night that she's going to get tangled up in all the tubing. Thank goodness for video monitors, and a husband that's not afraid of the whole setup.
I am continually amazed at how patient and sweet Meghan is through all of this. She had a pretty rough week, and never stopped smiling. She smiled at the doctors, nurses, techs, and even at the man who drew her blood- twice. She'll shed some tears, and as soon as its over she grins to tell you that she's alright. It is a gift to love this little girl through all of things I wish I could take away.
While we were waiting for our room assignment Monday, we were pushing her around the hospital lobby. She was babbling, which until Monday, consisted of baba, dada, and a few ga's. Then it happens. The moment every mommy waits for. She said mama, and smiled so big I knew she was proud of what she had just done! It was a perfectly timed moment I know will stay permanently etched into my memory. A little thing to some, but now I know better than to take such little things for granted.
Ironically, Meghan chose the 3rd Annual Feeding Tube Awareness Week to acquire her new look. Here is a link to the Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation. There is excellent information on feeding tubes, including a letter to friends and families of kids with feeding tubes.
Monday, February 11, 2013
We were seen by GI, pediatrics, and urology today to start. After we were settled, the nurses let me put her NG down since we have to be able to put in back in ourselves at home. Meg didn't enjoy it, but once it was down she did pretty well. She had an X-ray to confirm the placement (performed by a former coworker- thanks Maria!), and a lab draw. Basically the plan is to see how she tolerates the tube feedings, and watch her blood work closely for a couple of days. They are also going to do an ultrasound of her abdomen to make sure there's nothing else we are missing that would explain why she's not gaining weight.
The little lady is finally asleep (there's a lot of noise and poking and prodding in hospitals), and her first feeding is running in. Thanks to everyone who is praying for us- we have seen glimpses of mercy throughout the day today.
Friday, February 8, 2013
We'll keep you posted next week!
|Thank you Sarah Marie Photography!|
|Check out my chompers!|
|Dressing up with big sister:)|
|Looking quite smart in her custom hospital gown by Miss Shannon Dennis! She sews with love:)|