Friday, November 16, 2007

A Great Night

Bailey is doing incredible, you guys. Her night nurses were amazed at how well she was doing. In fact, they said they were ready to send her home. Ha!

She has a fat bottom lip - not sure if that's from a reaction to some plasma she was getting (which I doubt, since it's still there) or if it got pinched by anesthesia or cardiology some time during the surgery. Of course, Dr. T says it was anesthesia or cardiology - not the surgery team - that did that.

Bailey was so happy last night. We didn't sleep much. About every 1/2 hour, I'd hear, "Hey mom." It was music to my ears. One time she pointed to the ceiling and wanted to know if there were little black bugs crawling all around. Another time she wanted to know whose boots those were on the table. I said, "What boots, sweetie?" She pointed to the window. From the Berlin Heart ICU days, I learned NOT to disagree with her, so I just said, "I don't know, sweetie." I guess that was good enough for her, because she didn't bring them up again. She kept asking the nurses for something to drink. She got lots of ice chips and a couple cups of water, and finally they said she had to slow down because they didn't want her to get sick. She didn't really appreciate that. She asked her nurse if she could have a "little bit of juice". She said she would have to ask Ashley (who is the nurse practitioner). Bailey pointed to the hallway and said, "She's right there." Erica just laughed and said, "Well, alright. I'll go ask her." Ashley crumbled like a wet rag. She said, "You're not easy to say no to."

They needed to weigh her this morning and were trying to figure out how to weigh her in the bed, but this particular bed doesn't have a built-in scale. Bailey said, "That's ok. I'll just stand on the scales if you bring them in here." I don't think I breathed the entire 10 minutes it took to get her out of bed and standing on the scales. She was orchestrating the whole operation -- telling one nurse not to pull on her chest tubes; telling another nurse not to pull on her central line (that's in her neck); and telling the third nurse how to read the scale (it's one of those old ones that slides). Pretty much all I did was stand there in awe marveling at her mental and physical strength. The incredible news is that she weighed 89 pounds. She was 111 going in to surgery yesterday morning. That's just mind-boggling. Dr. T thinks there's a good chance that it will stay off, too. That's even more mind-boggling since it came right back after the drain procedure a couple weeks ago.

Dr. Bramlet was just in here checking her out. He told me that he was in here yesterday after her surgery when she was first waking up and starting to move around (before we saw her), and he said the first thing she did was reach up to her belly to feel around for a VAD. In the middle of the night, she told me that she was shocked. I said, "What are you shocked about?" "I don't have a VAD." Then she smiled really big and went back to sleep.

Just had to share. I'll catch you again tonight.

Have a great day!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie and Bailey: WONDERFUL!! Thanks for letting us know! Have a really good evening and weekend.
Love, Diane

10:24 AM  
Blogger carmelapples said...

Morning Glories,

And oh, what a glorious morning it is!!!!!! I sang "Praise God from whom all blessings flow..." at least ten times on the way home lastnight. I couldn't sleep at all because I couldn't stop thinking of all the things we have to be grateful for. God is writing medical books, growing our personal faith, speaking so specifically and tenderly to all of us it just blows my mind. What a great God He is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was a privilege to spend the day with you guys. Ironically, it is some of the best family time we have it seems. I'm grateful for them. So filled with encouragement and faith. It was a good day all the way around.

Have another faithful and incredible day today! See you soon!

Love, Deb xo xo

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this morning. Everyone keeps asking me why I'm smiling all the time. I just simply say, "Bailey".

love to you...Mary Ann

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been reading the blog and all the comments that have been shared. The entire time I was chanting in my head "Way to go Bailey way to go"

What a hero you are and WOW we do have an awsome GOD! I pray that you and your family have an uneventful weekend. Angie you are one awsome Mom (I am sure it has something to do with how awsome Bailey is) Lots of speedy recovery prayers have been sent up!

Angie Bivens

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16
The light shining out from Riley Hospital - Hunsberger Suite - is so BRIGHT that I think I need to wear sunglasses as I work downtown today! Even the girls need them down in Franklin Township. Thanks for being you! We are all greatly encouraged.
Mike, Nancy, Angela & Andrea

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, What A Beautiful Morning: Oh, What A Beautiful Day !!!!!!

God certainly has a way of doing things His way - - -

Love, to Everyone, CAROL

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful update!!! I know that the song “Praise God from whom all blessings flow...” will be running in my head all day. The beacon from Riley does seem especially glorious and bright.
Look for more incredible updates to follow
Janet S

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see Riley Hospital from my office window and, yes, the Light is shining brightly. The Light is filled with angels singing God's praises for another miracle. Bailey, you have been a miracle since the day you were born and you remain an inspiration to us all.

Love to all,

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Nancy Hobbs said...

Keep sharing the blessed news, Angie!! We are loving it. Still continuing to pray; God is not finished yet!

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happy news to read this morning and last night! I'm so happy and relieved for you - I kept checking in yesterday for updates and was just so excited it went so well! Have a very relaxing weekend - we all have something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving next week!

Love 'ya


1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How exciting fluid gone no VAD, feeling good!
Amen to this:
“And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:22)

Thinking of you both! Love and prayers, Lori

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Danny said...

Those are beautiful words to hear. 20 lbs. of fluid gone, in such a small amount of time. that is awsem... look foward to better news to come.

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to say that i hav a lot of people at Indian Creek praying 4 Bailey to get better im one of josie friends and i hope that baily feels better and know that peolpe are praying

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie,Tom,Bailey,Josie & Riss-

What a true testament to GOD!!!!
I could feel your happiness on-line. We were so relieved to hear
the wonderful news. Our GOD is an awesome GOD!!!!!!! Keep the Faith!!

Much Love & Peace to you All-

Mark,Dee & Kids

5:33 PM  

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