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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

We're finally home!!

Thanks to everyone for their prayers and well wishes. We are finally home from the hospital. I wanted to give a quick rundown of what happened this week so I am just going to copy and paste what I wrote on my momys board about Anna's stay at the hospital.

It was an amazingly easy birth and I felt great afterwards. Anna did well too, they just told me that she had quite a bit of facial bruising. As an old NICU nurse I wasn't concerned because it happens alot but her face was really purple from the bruising.

About 8 hours later the pediatrician came and checked her out and said that she was perfectly healthy and that the bruising would go away in a few days. Side note: It turns out that it wasn't facial bruising at all.

About 10 minutes after she came in to talk to me she came back, but with another doctor. I didn't recognize him, but it turns out he was a new NICU doc. She then told me that while she was in here that Anna coded and had to be resuscitated. Usually they start resuscitation efforts on newborns well before they have no heartrate, but when they found her in the crib she had no heartrate and of course was not breathing. After working on her awhile they were able to get her heartrate back up to normal and she was breathing on her own. Of course she was immediately transferred to NICU.

I was told that she had a seizure but they weren't sure why. They suspected that she either had a heart defect, that she had bled into her brain or that she had an infection. They ran quite a few tests but all came back normal. The problem was that she kept turning blue. She hasn't had another episode since Monday night. They never have figured out what was causing them, except for some transitional issues, but decided to let her come home.

We possibly still have to go do a 2-D echo of the heart and are going to ask to be set up with an apnea monitor, but we are hoping that everything has resolved. We are thanking God that she is ok and that we got to bring her home. The doctors don't expect there to be any permanent damage, but we of course just have to wait and see. Right now she is acting as if nothing ever went wrong.

The nurses that resuscitated her told me that it was a miracle that they happened to walk by her when they did. Neither of them were supposed to be in there at that time. Another minute later and we might not be holding her right now.

So needless to say I am enjoying my sweet baby girl. I might be MIA for a few more days while I recoup from this week, but i'll be back soon. Again, thanks so much!

16 comments:

Candace @ A Garden of Blessings said...

Praise God!
I am so happy to hear that you are all home and doing well.
I will pray that Anna continues to grow and be healthy.
Take it easy, and enjoy your new blessing!

Sonshine said...

Welcome home!! Will continue to pray for your family!! :)

Cat said...

So glad for you that those nurses were there! Congratulations on bringing your little girl home.

Nomadic said...

Please ask your doctors to check for a pneumothorax (air trapped outside the lung in the chest cavity) if they haven't checked already. My second son had one and it took them a couple of days to convince the doctors that something was seriously wrong. It's very easy to fix, but tough to find.

Teresa @ A Life At Home said...

Thanks nomadic, they did a chest x-ray and all is clear there. At least I know what to watch for.

Dani said...

I am so happy that she is alright and safe in your arms. What a scary situation. I will continue praying for her and cannot wait to meet her.

FishMama said...

You sound so amazingly calm after all that. Praise God! So thankful that everything seems ok, now.

God bless you all.

fawndear said...

Take all the time you need to spend with your little angel.
We will keep Anna and your family in our prayers.

Carlie Faulk said...

I'm so happy my baby is safe and sound! Welcome home Anna!!!!

Cajunchic said...

I agree with Earl when he said God was watching over you. HOw scary for you.

Melissa said...

I am so happy y'all are home also. How scary for you, teresa. How wonderful God is!!!

Andrea said...

Praise God! What a little miracle you delivered!!! We'll continue to pray that your babe is healthy - and of course a speedy recovery for you too!

Jody said...

So glad you are home with your precious bundle, I will continue to send good thoughts and prayers your way that she remains happy, healthy and strong!!!


Jody

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Glad you're all home and well. We've been praying for you at church. Let us know if you need anything at all. And praise God for watching over your little Anna. Hope to see you all soon.

Teresa @ A Life At Home said...

Nicole, I definately agree that God was watching over us. He always had it all under control.

Daphne, thanks so much for the prayers at church. We have been so blessed by how much you guys have done for us.

Fishmama, I have had my moments of breakdown but for the most part I have had an amazing peace and calm feeling the whole way through. I can only say that it is God.

Thankyou everyone else for all the prayers. We are so enjoying her being home. Eventhough my sweet girl was up every hour lastnight. I just look at it as more time to spend holding her. :-)

Abiding said...

Congratulations and praise the Lord for your baby's precious life. I have enjoyed reading your blog and this is my first time to comment. She is absolutely beautiful. ~Leslie