Saturday, October 3, 2009

Day 10 - By God's grace Myra continues to improve

Thank you for your prayers. God has been working a miracle and I wish I had time to share all that has happened the last ten days with Myra Annette.

Here she is on Sept 24th on the jet ventilator and full life support.

Background: My water broke before 10pm on Wed the 23rd and I had gross maconium. After monitoring Myra at the hospital for almost 3 hours, her heart rate dropped suddenly and we did an emergency c-section. She was born 3 days overdue on the 24th, 5lbs 15oz 20inches. We found out she had only a 2 vessel cord, not a 3 vessel like she should and that is why she was small. She may also have some kidney abnormalities from that, too. But, because she came out with Apgar scores of 0, 2 and 4, she had lack of oxygen for some time and they believe this has damaged her organs and brain significantly. We are now waiting to see what will recover.

Day 2, she started swelling

The Klan visited on Day 2 because we didn't know what the future held at that time.

Myra has moved from the jet ventilator to a conventional ventilator and now she is on the nasal cannula. She moved through these machines very quickly and continues to improve daily. Her organ systems are all now functioning. A great improvement from a week ago when no organ systems were functioning to their full capacity, or some not at all. She is still on 3 different anti-seizure medications, but she is off the blood pressure mediation, the sedation medication, her blood sugars and platelets have mostly regulated and she's off the warmer. She is continuing to get IV fluids and they will wean her off those as her intake of breastmilk is increased. Right now she's on 20cc and they want her to be taking in 60cc. They are doing it gradually, adding about 5cc daily. She is being fed through a tube right now and we aren't sure if she has a suck/swallow reflux still intact. Her third EEG is scheduled for Monday and we'll be meeting with a physical therapist this week. They also have an MRI scheduled for 2-4 weeks from now to see if there is any parts of the brain that have died from lack of oxygen. We have not had one day with setbacks since the first few very grave days, and we are finally out of the life threatening phase. Myra has had a long 10 days and a very rough start.

We are currently praying for compete healing of Myra's systems and brain. God took her lifeless body when she was born and has restored it thus far and we pray He continues until it's completion. We are praying specifically for her suck/swallow reflux to be restored soon, her tremors to go away completely, her EEG to show normal brain waves, and for her to cry and respond more to stimulation.

Day 3, Our first kisses - Myra was very swollen by this point and wasn't urinating

There are so many God stories tied in with her little life so far and we hope you will join us in prayer for her physical body and for her life to glorify the One True God! There is no way you can share Myra's story without including God's works.

Day 7, Myra has lost a lot of water but still 1lb more than her birth weight and she can open her eyes now (previous 4 pictures)

Day 9, Myra's feeding tube was taken out momentarily and we could see her whole little face and Mr. Prince and I were able to hold her for the first time

John 1:16 "From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another."

Luke 1:37 "For nothing is impossible with God."

Isaiah 29:14 "Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder."


Janna said...

Praying for Myra--she's been on my heart all week--so happy to hear of the improvements. Love to your family.

MC Peanut said...

Still praying here, too! Praise God! I am so happy to hear she is doing better. She is absolutely beautiful! I'm sure she is one of the bigger babies in the NICU! God, thank you for your miracles in little Myra's life...

Inglesidemom said...

Thank you for the update. We continue to pray every night during family devotions for Myra to heal completely. My kids cheered when I told them that she was off of the ventilator!

Jen in Ohio

Shanna said...

Oh, I am so relieved to read of Myra's improvements!! We will continue to pray here for complete healing. We were told over and over by Levi's doctors and nurses how amazing it is that an infant's brain can so completely heal and even compensate for areas that have been damaged. Thank you for taking the time to update!