As of 5:29 p.m., Andrea is celebrating 9 weeks of life! Thanks be to God! I'm too tired for words - I actually fell asleep waiting for Ken to get home from the hospital and I'm writing this much later than I like to be up. Forgive me for being brief.
Andrea now weighs 1300 grams (2 pounds, 13.9 ounces) and is getting 24 ml of her usual diet, every three hours. She tolerated being off CPAP for 40 minutes this morning while I was there, and another 30 minutes this evening when Ken visited. Her thyroid tests came back normal today - we are cautiously optimistic that she may be past that problem.
We said goodbye to some of the residents, fellows and doctors today, as the rotation changes with the first of the month tomorrow. We are so grateful to this wonderful group of people, for all they've done to help get Andrea this far. The doctor who admitted her in February won't be back on rotation again until July, by which time we will hopefully be home. It is hard to say goodbye, since we've gotten to know these people so well. I asked the residents will stop by when they can and see Andrea. Especially this month, she's had a lot of growing, progressing and developing, and they all played a part in that growth. Fortunately, her awesome nurses are still here, and will see her through until discharge. We would lost without them.
I cannot express how grateful we are to be celebrating Andrea's milestone today. Writing this blog is still therapeutic to me, and I can't wait to tell Andrea, as she grows, how many people followed her story and prayed for her as she struggled through her beginnings. Thank you for all you've done, and are continuing to do. Please continue to pray for her.
“Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow”