Saturday, December 13

Another Update

It's been a couple of days, so I wanted to offer another update on my friend and her baby. If you're just joining us, you can read the background here and here.

Baby has been making white blood cells to fight off the infection. She's gone from 0 on her birthday to 45 today (normal for newborns is above 90). The doctors weaned her completely off dobutamine (a drug used to counteract heart failure), and she's being slowly weaned from dopamine (I think this is for blood pressure). Her platelet count has increased as well, so they've removed the IV used to give her blood transfusions. There is a possibility of brain damage which cannot be assessed yet. Testing for that will require a spinal tap, which she's not yet been strong or stable enough to bear.

Mama is being allowed to help with her daughter's non-medical care, which has offered the opportunity to touch baby's head, feet, and hands the past couple of days. Mama still isn't able to pick her up and cuddle her, though, which I can only imagine is absolutely heart-wrenching. For the first time since this vigil began, mama was able to sleep through the night last night without waking up after just a couple of hours.

I didn't ask, but I don't think she'll mind if I share just a couple of her own words. In her last update, she wrote:
    We had an inscription placed inside our wedding bands. It's the only ring I wear right now, since it doesn't hurt my skin after being scrubbed to a nether.

    The inscription reads 'Te sere fiel'. This means 'I will be faithful to you'. Spanish is neat, this verb tense is the same 1st person and 3rd person. Which means it can also be understood to say 'God will be faithful to you'. And He is, He really is. My (daughter) is still here, and slowly making a turn of good proportions towards a healthy strong body.
Please continue to pray for health and healing. Thank you.

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