Friday, June 18, 2010

Best Case Scenario

I just want to start by saying thank you all so much for your constant prayers and support we really really appreciate it!
Amber's surgery went better than they expected! The surgeon said it was the biggest morgani type hernia he's seen, and seen a lot of them! They had told us because it was so big it would probably need a patch which could cause an infection. Thankfully she did not need the patch! Her diaphragm was good and strong so it only needed to be stitched up and they do not believe it will re-open!
Going into the surgery she had a low blood level (they had issues taking blood the night before and took more than usual) and they thought she would need a transfusion during the surgery but ended up not. This morning they did give her a transfusion because her levels were low and they were taking more blood. She's doing a lot better since the transfusion, her hear rate is better and she looks better.
The pulmonary specialist visited today and was amazed at how well she is doing. He said it looks like they'll be able to take the breathing tube out tomorrow and get started on feedings through her g-tube. This is better than the best case scenario! We aren't getting too excited about this because they said it could change or they might have to put the tube back in. She is doing soo well though its very encouraging!
Amber had another echo-cardiogram done today. It showed that her mitral valve leak has gone from the mild range to the mild to severe range. They are not too worried about it they said that based on how dilated the left side of her heart is this is something she's been dealing with for months. They are going to start her on some medication for it and follow up on it in a few months.
Right now Amber is still pretty sedated, she actually has an epidural. She wakes up when they do things to her, as of this afternoon she seems more with it and alert when she's awake. She also seems relatively happy when she is up she even gave her PA Grammy a squinty smile!!
Everyone seems amazed at how well she is doing and how fast she is recovering. We know that this is just the amazing power of prayer! God has really blessed us and little Amber in that He has given us all the right people to care for her and all the right tests at the right time to catch everything that seems to have been troubling her.  Thank you all so much for the prayers you've been giving her. Please pray that whatever happens tomorrow is the best for Amber's recovery in regards to her breathing tube coming out or not. You can also pray that I have a better sense of peace about the whole g-tube issue.
Thanks again I hope you are all enjoying the great weather we've been having and have a lovely weekend!


  1. You have some amazing nurses taking care of our sweetie! Very reassuring to the grammies! God is so good.

  2. I started reading this post EARLY this AM before we left town but I was in a rush - so now I'm back & finished reading it :) Praise God for so much encouraging news here! Thanks much for the update. Still praying.