Consider Pure Joy

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1: 2-3

Discharged

on August 8, 2012

Reese and I had a good girls night even though she tossed and turned all night, a bright monitor stayed on displaying her brain waves and I couldn’t get to sleep–we are good!

My little lovie was so ready to go to bed but I couldn’t give her a bottle because we were waiting for respiratory therapy and medicines.  This is where Reese gets a breathing treatment to open her airways in her lungs, then a machine that thumps on her chest/back to break up the fluid and topped off with suctioning.  Last night they did deep suctioning which is extremely hard for me to handle because Reese screams bloody murder… and if you knew Reese–she is not a crier.  I held her arm and leg down and just kept my eyes shut telling her it would be ok… mommy was right there for her…and praying to God to comfort us both!

Equipment we use every morning and night at home:

Nebulizer–medicine that she breaths in to open airways
Approximately 10 minutes each time


The Vest or as we called it “Thumper” 
Of course, Reese has the pink vest but her machine is just white!
Approximately 20 minutes each time

Suction machine to get the fluid out–just a minute or so (additional uses as needed)

This is when she was patiently waiting for breathing treatment, medicine and night time bottle!

THEN after an hour and half of waiting I had a lion on my hands–pretty cute lion though!

I had asked and asked regarding all these things and I finally did what any mommy would do, I gave her a bottle!  After her bottle, the respiratory therapist came and I told them sorry you’ll have to come back we couldn’t wait any longer.  You need to wait at least 1 hour after eating because the chest/back compression could cause them to throw up.

We finally got some rest and Reese went home as planned today!  The neurologist looked at the points in which I marked with a button during the observation and said she did not see any seizure activity.  However, they have to read the whole observation and we will get those results in two weeks. So still praying for results to show no seizure activity!  The doctor believes that Reese makes the little jester when she gets excited and it’s a muscle type of response and should not be alarming!

We also got our heart surgery date today–August 29th!  We have been waiting for these dates since May!  This surgery is routine for “normal healthy babies”… but Reese is at a greater risk due to her condition.  We know the risk but pray that the outcome is greater than any risk.  If you will please pray for peace/comfort for me,  I’m having a hard time accepting all this again.  It’s like sometimes I take 5 huge steps forward and then there are days I feel like I’m taking 10 huge steps backwards!  Reese will be cut down her whole chest… she will never care about the scar but it’s just something else that will visually remind me my child isn’t perfect.  Silly I know.. but if you have a child you understand and if you don’t you will one day–trust me!  I know many of you don’t know what to say or do with all this going on with Reese but prayers for peace for me would be amazing!  I know without a doubt that…”I praise him because Reese is fearfully and wonderfully made” but that doesn’t make my tears stop flowing sometimes because I grieve wanting to have the “normal” life/routine with a baby.  I truly appreciate your prayers and faith in our father who loves us so unconditionally–even when someone like me has doubts or bad days.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” Romans 8:18

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5 responses to “Discharged

  1. meganterry01 says:

    We are praying! I understand grieving for what you think should be normal for your baby. Even though it wasn’t medical, I still grieve for how much loss Miles had and how crummy of a hand that child was dealt for the first couple of years of life. It’s hard as moms when we have to relinquish control. But you are doing it with such grace! Hang in there, mama! We are storming heaven’s gates over little Reese!

  2. Lauren Roberts says:

    I am praying for you and kyle and of course reese!! I couldn’t image what you are going through, brooklynn and i only had to spend one night in kosairs and it was more than i could handle!! you and kyle are such strong loving parents and reese couldn’t be any happier and more blessed to have such strong christian parents!! I thank God for you all and for what a great witness and testimony you all have and are sharing!! It is truly amazing how God works and how He loves us and blesses us beyond belief, even when times are unbearable!! Please let me know if you all need anything at all!! we love you all and are keeping you all in our prayers!!

  3. I know that you probably meant that you wish Reese was perfect in health, but Elizabeth, she IS perfect! She is perfect in only the way that Reese McClain can be. I am praying that you feel comfort soon. You are one strong Mama to Reese, and she is lucky to have you.

  4. Jennie says:

    Those pictures are so precious!!! She is just a doll baby! Praying that you and Kyle and the rest of the family will be comforted and that baby Reese will do great with her surgery! Praying for wisdom for all of her medical providers during this time. I remember wheb we were at kosairs when my brother Ben was diagnosed with diabetes….they are great!! Hang in there…you are stronger than you know!

  5. Judy Sparrow says:

    God gave us Reese for reasons he can only know for now. I feel she has given me so much in the year we have had her. I know it’s hard for you sweetheart but some day this will all just be a memory. I pray each day for you and I know God is hearing my prayers. love to my loves.

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