Saturday, October 12, 2013

Day 1 of the craziness of recovery...

They just did morning rounds and overall they were pleased with how Grace is doing!  I want to stop and praise The Lord for that...  however, the one thing that they are concerned about is that her extremities are very cold, so they are trying to figure out if it is environmental or is it that her heart isn't doing a great job of getting blood out to her arms and legs?  They are drawing labs to get a better idea of the cause as well as giving her fluids and a medication that will help with her circulation (the nurse said 90% of their patients are on this medication post surgery, so it's common).  Now for the scary, hairy part...  they are going to stop the paralytic and start to wake her up, so that she can start to breath on her own, but at the same time try to keep her comfortable.  This is really where our Gracie Doo becomes a mystery (at least in the past, so maybe she's matured out of her crazy ways :-).  In the past it has been SO difficult to wean her off the paralytic and down on the ventilator, but keep her comfortable and happy.  Will you please pray that she blows us all away with how amazingly well she does this transition and that her circulation isn't a problem at all?  It certainly doesn't hurt to ask, right?  And even if the answer is "no" we will praise Him anyway :-).

Once again, the power of prayer has been reflected in the joy and peace we felt when laying eyes on our little angel for the first time after surgery.  I feared that it would be a sad, scary time, but instead it was a joyous time and the only thing that we could comment on was how pink she looked!  Check out this pink little foot (this is the pinkest her tootsy has EVER looked)!  

So, I tried to convince David not to post the picture of Grace right after surgery on facebook yesterday, but he could not be convinced...  He was just so proud of Gracie Doo that he wanted the world to see how tough she is...  even if it makes some people want to honk looking at a baby with tubes and wires all over the place :-).  I apologize if these pictures make anyone uncomfortable, so this is a warning that a post op picture is posted below :-)

Notice she has her little friends proping up her arms...

More updates to come, they are shutting off the paralytic now, so I'm going to run...

1 comment:

Beth Gandy said...

I met you only once at our MIP group but I want you to know that I was and still am impressed by your grace and peace under such extreme pressure. I know where your strength comes from and I know why you have needed it. Your daughter is beautiful. You are amazing to minister to all of us during this time with your sweet family. Thank you for sharing your burden with all of us. I am proud to be a part of your praying village. And thank you for sharing your specific prayer requests with us as well. I always say that you miss 100% of the shots that you don't take. I am praying every request that you have and I know that God will be faithful to you and hold you close in the palm of His hand. Please kiss Grace for the Gandy family and know that we are lifting you ALL up to Him, our almighty and loving Father!!
Beth Gandy