What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with my valentines! And I will be bringing them home the best present EVER, Korie! I have not been home since Monday, January 27th around noonish. And now tomorrow can not come soon enough!
Things have been moving pretty fast around here. The last post I did we were still in a NICU pod. Monday afternoon we were moved to a private NICU room. This has been absolutely perfect for us. I have been able to stay round the clock with her, have my own bathroom and shower and a couch to sleep on! In the world of NICUs and hospitals it doesn’t get much better than this. Our neonatologist started talking to me about discharge on Tuesday. Then she was off yesterday, not cool! So bright and early this morning we got the ball rolling again. As long as nothing changes I will hopefully be snuggled up with my babies, on my own couch, this time tomorrow!
Korie is still doing great and amazing all the nurses and doctors at how quickly she is recovering. Apparently it is not common at all to be discharged only 7 days post surgery. As of right now her ventricles are remaining stable and we will be going home without a shunt. Praise The Lord! This doesn’t mean she won’t ever need one but the longer we wait the better. She still has a lot of recovering to do and one of the stipulations the doctor gave me about us going home so early was that I would adhere to strict visitation just as if she were still in the NICU. And while Korie is very excited to meet everyone who has been praying for her I have to stick by what the doctors are telling me are in the best interest of Korie. It could be a setback we can’t afford if she were to get sick. So, that being said, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital visitation policy is this…Absolutely no visitors who have had recently or currently have any signs or symptoms of illness including; cough, sneezing, runny nose, fever, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Absolutely no children under the age of 16. They also limit the number of visitors to two at a time. I have told Braylon and Cassidy we will spend tomorrow and this weekend with just us, so they can get to know their baby sister! And of course if you plan on visiting you will need to prepare a casserole to get you through the door!
I need to take just a moment to praise and thank God for all He has done for us already. He is the giver of life and without Him Korie would not even be here with us. He created her and knew her even before the foundation of the world. He is doing a healing in her body only He can do. I have had some very emotional and hard days over the last 3 weeks and I can tell you if it weren’t for His grace and presence in my life I’m not sure I would have been able to make it. He has continually comforted me and strengthened me. He is far better to me than I could ever possibly deserve.
Happy Valentine’s Day!