"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." - Shel Silverstein

Friday, January 23, 2009

You Prayer Warriors Know How To Do Your Job!!

...and God listens!!! WE ARE HOME!!! CRAZY!!

What a whirlwind! The doctor's requirements for her going home were as follows:

1. She is able to transition off the epidural and IV pain meds to a pain med given through her g- tube... CHECK!!

2. She is able to tolerate her full-strength feeds... CHECK!!

3. She is able to produce enough urine... CHECK!!

4. He also said it would be ideal, although not a requirement, for her to be off supplemental
O2 since her baseline at home is no O2 unless she is sick... CHECK!!

You could have knocked me over with a feather when the nurse said the doctor wanted to know if we wanted to go home tonight or wait for the morning! Ummm, we'll take option "go home now"!!!

When we got the word, we started packing up and getting her unhooked, changed and dressed. She could sense the change in our moods and she perked up right away. At one point, I asked her if she wanted to go home and she started flipping out with happiness. I thought she was going to do a somersault!! The baby that she has not been in the mood to play with since this all started yesterday she was suddenly in the mood to play with. What a blessing!!

Marissa is doing so well, thanks in no small part to all of your prayers. You people are good! And God is Great!!

Here are some pics from today. I had a little love affair with her beautiful little feet as you will see. :)

OK, this is where I started to get a little artsy-fartsy. Not too bad if I do say so myself!

Here she is at home giving all she had when I said "smile!" :)

Here she is signing "bear". She missed him!

Please enjoy this freakin' funny video that we shot yesterday right before they took her to the OR. They gave her Versed to calm her down and boy, let me tell you, I love me some Versed! She has VERY high anxiety connected to anything doctor, nurse, clinic, or hospital. So as soon as we got into the room to wait, she started bawling like there was no tomorrow. As soon as she got Versed on board, we could see her calming down and she was even acting like she was drunk!
You'll have to watch it one more time and, this time, concentrate on my two favorite parts. First, the part after she is done bouncing up and down, she looks like she is seeing a parade of pink and purple polka dotted elephants. Trippin'!! Too funny! Second, the part right at the end; it looks like she is saying "talk to the bear", like "talk to the hand". :)
Thank you all so so so so much for keeping our little monkey lifted up in prayer these last two days. I asked you all for prayers and you didn't let me down. Keep the prayers comin'.
I love you all!!


Finding Normal said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really didn't want to hear from you, but I'm so glad that means you're home, safe and sound. Enjoy your own bed tonight!
Love the video! I could use some of that stuff in the waiting room!

Hope said...

Wow! I'm so happy she's home and doing so well. And now it's all behind you and over. She is a beautiful baby.

Tara said...

That is beyond fabulous news! The good Lord definitely has His hand on that sweet baby of yours. So glad everything went well and you all are home!


Michelle said...

It was pretty crazy the last few minutes there in the PICU! All day that sweet sweet child was sleeping and then when it was time to go, she was the most happy child on earth! I thought for sure she was going to hop right up and pack her bags along with us just to get us out the door faster!!!

Love you and I'm so glad everything went well!

Auntie Chelle

KH said...

Yea! So glad you're home and she's doing well! I love the toes peeking out of the blanket shot...

Dana said...

Yea! There's nothing like being home. Hope you all have a good weekend. I will tell HIM thank you for taking care of Marissa. :) Maybe you can rest now.

John Gensic said...

Congratulations on the recovery. There's no place like home. You're in our prayers.


Nana and PaPa said...

Marissa never ceases to amaze us all with her strong determination and will. We are SO happy she is recovering so well...almost like nothing ever happened...sorta. Anyway we will continue to keep her in our prayers. Give little Rissa Roo a little hug and kiss from Nana & PaPa. Love you all....Nana & PaPa

Sandy said...

I love all the pictures of the precious little feet. (I had a foot fettish when mine were little too!) We are happy to be prayer warriors since we're not close enough to bring food or hang out with ya it is the least we can do!
:O) Sandy

Elizabeth said...

So happy that she is recovering so quickly. It is truley due to your faith in God and the way that he works through all the doctors and nurses and friends you have. Hope she continues to get better by leaps and bounds.
Lots o Love