Hi, everyone. Thanks so much for all your encouraging notes and phone calls. We've been enjoying them!
Maddy has had a good day--sleeping lots, of course. They had to stop feeding her today, since she started vomiting last night. She did so well taking the bottle (can't nurse til after surgery), but maybe she got too much too soon. They did a KUB scan just to make sure that nothing was wrong with her stomach and abdomen, but everything came back just fine. She's off any feeding until tomorrow after her surgery.
We do have one possible complication that sounds a little scary. Maddy had an MRI this morning, and the neonatologist on duty today said that they are concerned about septic optic dysplasia. They won't know until they check the optic nerve, sometime after surgery, but it could be serious where her vision is concerned. We're trying to keep our minds off the possibilities for now since we won't know anything for a bit, but we would appreciate your prayers for peace while we wait and that it would turn out to be nothing to be concerned about. She has lab work tomorrow, too, to test for chromosomal issues--perfectly routine, but obviously we want those to come back with good results. We won't know anything on that for a month or so.
Carli and Olivia got to see Madeline today. I can't explain to you how fun it was to see the look of wonder in Carli's eyes, especially. She can see her every day if we want, but Olivia only had that one chance. A little risky to let a 2 1/2 year old in NICU, but it's nice they let her do it once. We took pictures that we hope to have uploaded soon.
We've spent a lot more time with Maddy today. Actually, I just saw her once yesterday, when they were wheeling me up from OR. By night time, I missed her so badly. But they got me out of bed this morning, and I've stolen about every minute possible to be with her. I'm still fighting extreme drowsiness, so sometimes I'm about asleep by her, especially when the heat lamp is on her! But I could sit and just stare at her all day. She's so beautiful.
Thanks so much for your prayers and support. Please continue to send them up tomorrow--she's in surgery at 8. Pray that the surgeon's hands will be guided by God's, and that she will tolerate the anesthesia and surgery well.