We think Layla may have aspirated (i.e. sucked some stuff that doesn't belong into her lungs) sometime on the 8th. She was admitted to the hospital on the 9th, for what looked like a small pneumonia. She was treated with antibiotics and received breathing treatments and chest pt. However, this time seemed different. She was having difficulty breathing, very labored, and couldn't keep her oxygen levels up. In the early hours of Friday (14th) morning, she was rushed to the PICU.
I will spare you al the details and emotions of the weekend, but will skip to the events of today and say that today was a glorious day. She was taken off the oscillating ventilator and put back on the mechanical ventilator. I know it's strange because she's still on life support, but this was a MAJOR step in the right direction. They also put in a chest tube to drain off some fluid (a good thing) so that her lungs could expand better. Her sweet little heart is now pumping better. Previously the right side was enlarged due to having to work so hard. She's back on her feeds and is pooping (it's amazing what I get excited over now!).
She still has a very long road to recovery but John just let me kwow that it seems like she's beginning to breathe on her own a little. Who would have ever thought that a little girl without a brain could overcome such a nasty infection (which was a pseudomonas infection; nasty little opportunist). We have been absolutely overwhelemed by the outpouring of love and support given to us by not only family and friends, but people who have never met Layla, let alone us. She is our little missionary. She will bring every soul she can touch closer to Him.
Please continue to pray for our little bird. She is such a strong and brave fighter but we know that she could not have come nearly as far as she has if it weren't for the power of prayer. I will try my best to keep the blog updated with the new and wonderful changes.