Hi everyone, sorry for the lack of a "quick update later tonight...." Brian & I have been busy trying to catch up on some much needed sleep, trying to get settled into the Ronald McDonald House, and making time to get in to see our baby as well as visiting with the new Grandparents.
First and foremost the information that you have all been waiting for, Olivia continues to do really well after her surgery. The doctor's and nursing staff have all attributed this to her size and otherwise good health. As of today she still looks like a little Michelin Man (we call her m&m for short) but they are starting to give her lasix in hopes of drawing the excess fluid out of her body. So it's a "wait and pee" game. This important step needs to happen before they can begin to think about closing up her chest, which will substantially lower her odds of any infection.
It has been nice for Brian & I to see her on at least a little less sedation because she responds to voices and is moving her arms and legs. I am fond of her left hand while her father spends most of his time down by her right foot playing with her little piggie toes. We were able to put a bow in her hair and some cute socks on her little feet which brings us comfort given all of her other tubes, lines and medical equipment surrounding her.
Overall at this point we couldn't ask for her to be in a better spot in her recovery. She continues to be very stable and makes small positive gains throughout the day. At this point we would expect that she is on the road to coming home within 3-4 weeks but as always we are cautiously optimistic. It is nice that Brian & I have feelings of excitement to go visit her rather than fear and worry as to what we may find when we get there. Thank you all for your continued support and concern.
Lisa, Brian, and Olivia (m&m)