Friday, February 16, 2007

Update on Bella

Since her move to Hopkins, Bella seems to be resting a lot more comfortably, at least the two times we've been able to see her. She did need to have the CPAP (Continual Positive Air Pressure) placed again in order to keep her respirations normal, but we are just grateful that she is able to rest and not have to labor so hard to breathe.

She still has not been able to receive food nourishment via IV and is scheduled to have a bronchoscopy (a scope placed down her throat to check things out there) tomorrow sometime. The boys both had this procedure done when they were 4 1/2 months old. It was very hard to see them go through this, and it is proving to be as difficult if not moreso to think about putting my brand new baby girl through this, too.

She will be put under anasthesia and intubated for the procedure. She may come out of the procedure with a ventilator still in place if she needs it. This news hit me a bit hard tonight along with the clarification of what our expectations should be re: her stay in the NICU. After speaking with Bella's nurse tonight, she led us to believe Bella could be in the NICU for at least another week if not longer.

If you want more of the medical side of things, let me know and I'll try to explain what I know. Otherwise, here are the ways you can be praying for our family:

  • Bella will fare well with anasthesia and no complications will arise before, during or after the bronchoscopy.
  • the bronchoscopy will prove helpful in diagnosing and treating Bella for her respiratory distress, taking us one step closer to bringing her home.
  • continued strength for Lawrence and me to respond to all the competing demands and needs of our family right now.
  • continued restoration of health for me (I am still healing from my delivery with Bella as well as trying to fight either a cold or allergies/sinus stuffiness).
  • Pumping my milk for Bella will continue to go well and my supply will be regulated soon.
  • the boys will continue to receive much grace to remain flexible during this time of upset in their schedule, absense of mommy and daddy and being passed around from one sitter/play buddy to another.

We have been experiencing God's grace and mercy in abundance, and God willing, I will get an opportunity soon to post some of the specific ways this has been true. Your prayers are in no small measure playing a major role in the way Lawrence and I and the boys have been able to respond to this trial in a way that glorifies God. Thank you so much and please keep praying!


Anonymous said...

Oh, how this news broke my heart. I fully expected her to be home today, or tomorrow. I can only imagine your sorrow (as you know Livi had both) and trepidation. I will pray and pray, and trust God to continue to care for you. As a good friend said once, "I don't have the same faith (for a particular situation), but I will rest on yours". Please rest on our faith for you...if I could hold you in my arms I would. Love, G.

peg said...

Praying hard for all of you. May God's grace, strength and comfort be yours in full measure. And may Bella be well and home in your arms very soon.
Love you friend.

Anonymous said...

We love you guys and we are praying for all of you, especially little Bella.
We are standing with you on the "Rock".
Your Church Family at Chesapeake

Anonymous said...

My comfort for you (especially Bri) is that God is in total control of ALL things in your circumstances. I wish I could take some of your burden from you; please know you are continually on my heart and in my prayers. Much love, Lydia

Anonymous said...

continued prayers.

love, beth

Anonymous said...

Bri, you know we are praying and are here for anything that you need, really.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm praying for you guys! I can't imagine how challenging this is but it's great to hear that God's giving you grace for each moment and day.

Zoanna said...

Briana and Lawrence, our love and prayers are being showered on you. I hope you continue to feek carried. I asked Laurie about any practicals you guys want or need? Homemade meals to go? Gift cards/cash to use down at or near the hospital? I know the food at any hospital can only be so good:. As for the boys, I would bet they're enjoying the chnage of pace and scenery. They won't remember this time as a hardship , if they remember it at all. First Peter 5:8.

Zoanna said...

That would be "feel" carried....!

Anonymous said...

We've been praying for you guys. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. We'll continue to pray. We love you!