Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hannah Update 2.4.09

There's no place like home, there's no place like home....At least that's how Hannah and I are feeling this afternoon! We were home by 12:45, and we both headed to bed. She is still snoozing, but I'm up and feeling a little more like myself after a two hour nap. The lung therapies they tried on Hannah kept us awake most of the night, and neither one was particularly helpful. She really could not tolerate the vest which squeezed (actually shook) her lungs (this is the type of vest used for kids with cystic fibrosis) and she did not like the C-PAP machine at all. The vest was supposed to help her produce some productive coughing, and it really didn't...actually it her congestion seems to have gotten much better on its own. The C-PAP machine was supposed to keep her oxygen levels up overnight, but really wasn't necessary, because the monitor they put on her indicated that her oxygen levels were consistently strong all night, whether she was wearing the mask or not. So, all in all, good news, I guess, just made for a long night!

At 9:00 this morning, they came in and told us that we were heading down to the Pulmonary Lab for some more tests. So, we headed down there, and they did some breathing tests to determine Hannah's lung capacity, etc. It really wore her out, but she was a good sport, and tried to do everything asked of her. We did not get any results before we left, but I suppose we will hear more when we return to the clinic. Her bloodwork was much better today...good red counts and platelets at 66,000, so there was no need to wait for any blood products, and we got to go home pretty early. We'll return to the clinic on Friday for our next bloodwork, and platelets if needed.

Bethany seems to be feeling better, so that's good....thank you so much for your prayers for her, as well as the rest of us. God continues to remain faithful, walking with us every step of this journey, just as you are. We are eternally grateful. He is good, all the time!

Jill & Brad

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