Chris and I spent all of today together, so we are going to tag team this one...ok, nevermind, he just fell asleep on me!!!
Overall Bella seems like she had a good day. This morning before Luke left, we all went to visit her. Uncle Luke was so excited...he counted her take 27 breaths in a row on her own. Each subsequent visit showed that she was fairly stable and doing about the same as she has been over the last several days...with possibly a little better breathing. At our first visit they did tell us that the PDA was still there, we just had to wait to see "how there" it still is. At our second visit we were able to catch rounds. Here we found out that her PDA is still moderate and they need to evaluate her more closely to determine whether to treat with a different drug or do surgery. They also ordered an ultrasound of her abdomen to see about any intestinal problems that may have come from the prior medicine. On our third visit, we found out that her intestines are inflamed...question is if it is from the PDA treatments...there are no other signs of infection. They started her on an antibiotic this evening to help with the inflamation. There is another ultrasound scheduled for in the morning. After reading tomorrows ultrasound they will determine how to proceed...either another medicine treatment with a new med or go ahead with the ligation surgery (putting a small clamp to close the PDA). They are being cautious at the moment because the inflamation could lead to a perforation in the bowel that would need additional treatment. Although these items seem scary and make the nerves cringe for a few minutes...all of her other vitals are still strong, she looks good, and continues to have good labs.
Prior to this morning I don't think that I had ever smiled so much. As Chris and I talked to her, she continually tried to find us with her precious little eyes. Then she would wiggle and lift her hands up. I cannot wait to hold her...I think we are going to try it tomorrow. As Chris mentioned yesterday, Isabella is a gift from God...so in closing I want to leave you with this...
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.