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day 3

Well, it looks like we might have finally started to turn a corner. Up until this morning the doctors were just trying to keep Faith stabilized. Now they can switch modes and start trying to be more proactive. They started today by putting her on lasix. This drug is a diuretic that will help get rid of the extra fluid build up. In order to keep her blood pressure up, she has been taking in more fluid than she has been able to put out. She has responded well to this, so the doctors have been able to reduce the amount of FIO2 (fraction of inspired oxygen) and respirations. Her O2 saturations are still good and they are just trying to be patient before they take another step. If Faith is able to maintain her blood pressure and the amount of O2 in her blood gases increases, they will start to wean her off the vecuronium. This is what we are shooting for tomorrow. Most likely when they get her off the paralytic, she will digress temporarily. She will need to learn that she doesn’t need to fight the respirator. Also, once she is off the vecuronium, she will need to be stable for a while before they try to reduce another form of support. We are hoping that we can at least get rid of one piece of paraphernalia each day. We’ll see how tomorrow goes. Nell and I both appreciate all the prayers, and we’ll do our best to keep you all up to date.

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  1. Aunt Nancy
    September 7th, 2009 at 02:40 | #1

    Hey Matt and Nell,
    My prayers are with your beautiful baby girl. I hope you two are able to get some rest through this difficult time. I just wanted you to both know that I am thinking of all of you. I hope I can come and visit my little great neice soon.
    Love to you all.

  2. kathy casey
    September 7th, 2009 at 02:41 | #2

    Nell & Matt,
    John just told me that Faith had surgery this month. You will be in my prayers and for Faith to have a full recovery and be home soon. God be with both of you and give you the strength you need each day to be the strength that Faith needs to draw on until she is strong enough to draw inwardly. May God be carrying you when you can’t carry yourself. In Jesus’ name…AMEN!

  3. Joyce
    September 7th, 2009 at 02:42 | #3

    thanks for taking the time to post these notes so we know what’s going on.
    Love you guys and praying for you, that Faith will very soon be a healthy sweet little “angel” =), able to come home with you!

  4. Deb Kaz
    September 8th, 2009 at 02:43 | #4

    Matt and Nell, thanks so much for keeping us posted. We are praying, praying, and know that Faith is in the Lord’s hands, and that He will guide the doctors. Matt thanks for all the detail, it’s good to know that things are slowly progressing, but progressing for sure. You are both so very brave, and we are praying for you and your families as well. Faith is such a little fighter, and we pray that she keeps fighting when necessary, and resting when not… love you guys..

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