So I'm a little behind on the blog posts. Sorry! For the most part it's been status quo around here. We did have a minor setback yesterday when the upper portion of her right lung collapsed. They spent yesterday and last night trying to open it back up. Today it had opened back up more than they even expected. They did another echo and a test wean off the ECMO but she's just not quite ready to be off. Dr Kinsella (dubbed 'The Godfather' by Lon) decided he wants to get surgery done while she's stable and in a good spot. This means she will have surgery while on ECMO with the hopes that she can come off within a day after surgery. Yesterday they started a 3 day steroid treatment for her lungs, and today she started - wait for it- liquid Viagra to help with her pulmonary hypertension. The real reason Viagra was invented. She's been more sedated the last few days because as she gets healthier she is more alert and squirms around a lot more. She still laughs in the face of most of her sedation meds and is awake quite often.
Things can change here by the hour but the doctors are saying there's over a 90% chance surgery will be tomorrow. So tomorrow morning they will stop her blood thinners to prepare her for surgery. It sounds like the surgery will be sometime after noon and take place right in her room. We are excited to get that part of her treatment behind us but also very nervous. A lot of prayers will be said this evening and we'd appreciate any extra prayers tomorrow. She's been such a tough girl and I have no doubt she'll fly right through surgery and be ready to tackle the next hurdle. Uncle Lance is here now and Grandma Angie and Aunt Leisha headed back to North Dakota. As surgery approaches, I know we're anxious and it's hard on those that can't be here as well. I found a Bible verse that I want everyone to read:
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Lord tonight I pray that we are all able to be at peace knowing that Kambry is in Your hands, the best place she could ever be. Guide with wisdom and skill the minds and hands of her medical team. Let Kambry sleep comfortably tonight and give her extra strength and fight tomorrow. Let her feel your loving arms wrapped around her during surgery and take away her pain. I pray that she has a smooth and speedy recovery and that we can bring her home soon. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.