Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Hard Day

Last night, Jon and I were so excited after the baby's amazing surgery that we spent the night in the "quiet room" of the NICU. Ugh! There is a reason that they make those gorgeous leather chairs donated by the March of Dimes so uncomfortable. It's better for us parents to sleep at home.

Today, I felt groggy and sad. All the doctors and nurses are so positive about Tess' post-op progress. However, her recovery is not going to be an easy two or three day affair. We've got a lot of small steps to get through before the exciting last stage of eating breast milk and going home.

Today was hard because Tess spent most of the day moaning in pain. It turns out that giving a newborn morphine is a delicate affair. To much pain relief and the baby will stop breathing. Too little, and she will hurt. Because Tess was doing so well on her oxygen level her nurse didn't want to move back to the ventilator that she had immediately after her surgery.

Jon and I spent the day in the NICU rubbing Tessie's cheek, singing songs, reading Winnie the Pooh and generally feeling pretty helpless. We can't pick her up yet from her NICU crib because she just had abdominal surgery.

Now we are back home. It was a big step for Jon to voluntarily leave the NICU during day light hours. It was 7:30 PM, but still, I got to watch the sunset during our drive home.

I'm home now, without my older kids who are spending the week with their grandparents. I never thought I'd be so happy to do laundry. I find normal housekeeping tasks so comforting after days spent in sterile hospital rooms.

I'm making friends in the NICU. Suprise, surprise! My little aposolate of "cheerful conversation" is finding good use.

Could you please pray a special prayer for Tess' roommate Baby Joseph? Little Joseph has hydrocephalus. He's the fifth child of two high school sweethearts. The baby is in great health (he's got the loudest cry in the almost silent, sickly NICU) yet his parents are having a hard time. Just today they found out that the baby's MRI might show that he's already blind.


Anonymous said...

Prayers continue for Tess and prayers for baby Joseph and his family.

Kaitlin @ More Like Mary said...

I'll pray for both of them! And both of you!

Jen Ambrose said...

How just like you in your own time of trial to consider others!
Prayers for your family and Joseph's!

Blair said...

Prayers for Tess and her recovery, for your family, and all the other families with sick babies, especially Joseph and family.

MamaMidwife said...

Abigail -

Just "found" your blog and have been reading through the archives. Your life is an inspritation. I will be praying for your little Tess and baby Joseph. So happy to hear that her surgery has healed this defect for life!!

God is good. God Bless you and you're family!! I am so happy to have "met" you.

Katherine said...

Prayers for Teresa, Joseph and their parents.

Heidi said...

Prayers for all the babies in the NICU and their families!

Mom2Seven said...

Prayers for your precious girl, for baby Joseph, and for all the little ones! +JMJ+

Kate said...

Oh Abby, I know that feeling! Big hugs to you and Jon, hang in there. Remember the marathon concept - you can't wear yourself out in the first mile, you have to pace your enegery. I assume you have my phone number, I am here 24/7 with Joey right now and am all to happy to help in any way I can. Also, Pat drives back and forth so let us know if we can pick-up/drop-off anything/anyone. I offered Mass for Tess this afternoon and continue to pray for you!!! Come visit when you want to chat or pray :)

Kristyn said...

So sorry for the cross you are carrying right now, Abby. I'm praying for you all.

Melanie B said...

Praying for baby Tess and baby Joseph and his family. And for you and Jon too, of course. I can guess how hard it is when you are trying to recover from your own surgery to be going back and forth from home to the hospital. Don't forget to take care of yourself too.