Sorry the site’s been lacking updates for a little while. We’ve been… busy.

To say that Namine was extubated is an understatement. On Sunday night – well, Monday morning around 1:30 – I get a call from the doctor to tell me they were extubating her. I’m confused, I say. Why can’t you guys wait until tomorrow morning (I mean when normal people are up) to do it? No, the doctor says, she started pulling her tube out herself. We’re just finishing it. Realization dawns. Oh, I think. Wow. So the doctor tells me she’s doing well. Better than well. Her heart rate is as low, maybe lower, as right after she’d had heart surgery. Her oxygen sats are good, and she needs no help breathing at all.

So last night, I went to see Namine again. Because she has such a small cry, the doctors were concerned that her left vocal chord was paralyzed, similar to her diaphragm. If this is the case, then she may have some serious problems bottle- or breast-feeding, something she needs to be able to do before she can come home. So they wanted to do another scope.

Thankfully, the scope went well and she has movement in both her vocal chords. Her voice is so small because the breathing tube was in for so long. They’re going to give her something to help with acid reflux.

Last night she was also moved out of her little glass container and into a crib. We’ll have to see when she can start bottle feeding.

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  1. Paul and Jess,

    Praise God for the victories He’s given you and Namine in the past few days. You’ve needed them.

    I can’t wait to see your beautiful girl in her “big girl bed.” The warmer reminded me of something from a fast-food restaurant.

    I know I speak for Grandma E. in saying we’ll continue to storm heaven on your behalf, especially for progress on the feeding front, so Namine can go home as soon as possible.

    All my love,
    Grandpa Eiche (Dad)

  2. Paul and Jessica,
    So glad to hear your good news about Namine! She sounds like a strong little girl. I hope that you’re doing well also Jessica. My prayers continue for strength for all of you. What you are going through must be exahusting.
    Aunt Mary

  3. Paul & Jessica, I've finally had a chance to look at all your wonderful updates… way to go along with basic parenting & loving & keeping track of medical procedures, you're also keeping track & witnessing to the incredible preciousness of the life God has entrusted you two with. wow. I think all who read your words are in awe of the God who loves us even more than this. What a blessing your little lioness of a daughter is! Thanks for sharing.

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