This morning when we arrived in Vivian's room in the PICU, Robert and I were immediately struck by how pretty our sweet girl looked. Her swelling had noticeably lessened, and the night nurse had washed and braided her hair. She looked so much more like the Vivian we know!
I don't have a lot of details to provide from today because we didn't have a sit-down update with one of Vivian's doctors, but overall Vivian showed a lot of improvement from yesterday. Her morning chest x-ray was markedly better. Her fluid numbers continued in the negative range, as evidenced in her appearance. Vivian showed no further indications of new fever or infection, though her mouth has a slight yeast infection that they are treating with an anti-fungal medication in her IV. The doctor has been able to lower Vivian's ventilator settings to minimal levels, and Vivian is taking quite a few breaths on her own on the top of the ones the machine is taking for her. The doctor is even hopeful that Vivian might be taken off the ventilator as soon as Sunday. Hooray!
Though showing positive signs of progress, our sweet Vivian is still in critical condition. We implore you to continue praying for the Lord to heal her little body. We also ask you to pray for wisdom and compassion for Vivian's wonderful nurses and doctors and for strength and peace for Robert and me. Robert is holding up pretty well right now; I am weary both mentally and physically and prone to breaking down in tears at the slightest provocation (even without provocation, if truth be told).
I can't begin to express our humble thanks for the Lord's provisions for our family. We are also very grateful for the support each of you has given us through your prayers, your kind messages and your love.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31
Married for 27 years to Robert, three kids: Will (23), Vivian (20) and Dots (17) ~~~~
Majored in mathematics at SMU, taught elementary school for six years before Will was born, currently tutoring math ~~~~
Things I enjoy: playing duplicate bridge, working NY Times crossword puzzles, reading good books, entertaining, visiting with friends, planning trips, traveling, playing board games, spending time with family, cooking, keeping up with old friends ~~~ happy to correspond with other parents about raising a child with special needs
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