Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Extubation Day

This is David posting, so if this post lacks the emotion and eloquence that you so frequently enjoy from Kristi's post, then just know that Kristi will be back in full-effect for future posts. Thank you so much for your prayers yesterday!  Grace had a much better day today, filled with many joyous events!  After waking up this morning, Grace had one of her internal lines that measured pressures on the right side of her heart taken out; she also had one of her arterial medication lines removed; then best of all, while the doctor's were doing their morning rounds, they walked into Grace's room and noticed that she was awake, so they decided on the spot to extubate Grace, removing her ventilator (Praise the Lord because when Grace was going through her withdraws yesterday, she would be squirming around which caused her to move the ventilator around in her throat and then she would get even more upset!!); she also was able to start taking food through the bottle today; and lastly, I was able to hold Grace for the first time since her surgery (I can't emphasize how awesome this is too much because I don't want Kristi to feel too jealous:)!


This is right after Grace was extubated!


Happy Daddy!


Again, I can't tell you enough how much we appreciate your prayers yesterday (and every other day as well).  In attempting to make this post as much like one of Kristi's as possible, I figured I would keep consistent by posting about a hug from God that I experienced yesterday.  In the midst of one of Grace's withdraw episodes yesterday, I just wanted to cry because she would glance at me, almost like she was waiting for me to help her, while in the midst of her little body twitching all over, her eyes rolling all over the place, gagging on her ventilator tube, throwing up, getting a fever, and there was absolutely nothing I could do to help her find relief.  It was terrible!  If that was too much information for you, I apologize (Kristi is much more sympathetic than I am, thus her filter operates better than mine).  Grace finally fell asleep (after receiving another dose of the medicine to ease her withdraws) and I walked over to the window to pray and after a few minutes I was about to erupt in tears and the chaplain poked her head in and had just stopped by to see how things were going.  What an amazing God we serve!  He knows that I am too prideful to want to reach out to someone at a moment like that, so He met my needs and humbled me by sending someone to me.  It is in these moments, where God transcends time and makes His imminence known, to a sinner such as myself, that I can do nothing other than praise Him!!

7 comments:

Catherine Marcum said...

Thank you David, your post was just right, you are not Kristi and it was lovely to hear your words. God is so good! Love from Catherine and Alan.

Suburban Stitcher said...

God knows EXACTLY what we need!!! What an amazing God we serve. Grace looks amazing, and I will pray today that each day will get better and be easier on both of you.

Julie Wigle said...

So glad to hear yesterday was a better day! God does know our every need....thanks for the update! So glad you get to hold her now....

Elise said...

David your blogging skills are right up there with Kristi! I am filled with so much joy to hear that Grace is doing better. Her little bow just kills me!!! Thank you for sharing what you are going through. Our God is mighty and does know just what we need when we need it!!!

Kathy A. said...

I bet Grace was loving being held by her Daddy! And we are held each day by our heavenly "Daddy" as well.
Praying for continued healing so you both can go home to Houston and the rest of the family.

Mary Ross said...

David, I was so touched this morning to wake up and read your voice on the blog. The blog has been so uplifting because it so often reflects your family verse from 1Corinthians 10:31 "so whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." And while Kristi has usually been the author, I know you've been a contributor and editor. But this morning I was so glad to see you shared your heart as well. The picture of you and Grace was precious. I love how she is reaching out to touch you and is just as happy to be back in her Daddy's arms as you are to be holding her. After such a rough few days, I am praying not only for continued improvement for Grace and comfort for you and Kristi, but something that bring a spark of joy today.

Joyce said...

Thank You David for your very exciting update!!! It is so wonderful to see Gracie looking so good in your arms, and that big smile on your face :) I Thank God for showing your family that He has been, and still is present during this stressful and painful process. It is Elating to see how well she is doing!!!