On Tuesday, Josie was moved up to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in anticipation of her cardiac cath on Wednesday. One astute nurse had the idea to turn her on her belly to see if it would increase her oxygen saturation. Sure enough, it worked! By relieving the pressure on her pulmonary arteries, she was able to breathe better.
Josie has not been on her stomach for the last six weeks while she recovered from her open heart surgery so she was fascinated by the new vantage point; albeit, a little too interested in her CPAP tubes...
I wonder what happens if I karate chop this right here...
Problem solved by a few strategically placed, brightly colored plastic rings.
Knowing that we would no longer be able to hold her once she was intubated for her cardiac cath, we took advantage of the opportunity while we could.
Josie and her mama
Josie with Mama Hop & Aunt Leanne
Unfortunately the cardiac catheterization did not provide the answers we were seeking. Josie had a CAT Scan this morning and we are hoping that will give us some helpful information as to what is causing her pulmonary hypertension. She remains intubated in anticipation of further testing. She is also heavily sedated.
Today marks a week that she has been hospitalized. We sit here and wait, praying that someone discovers something that identifies the source of the problem.
While I have certainly had my emotional moments, I derive hope from many sources including 1. In the middle of an emotional meltdown last night, one doctor told me last night that he believes she will recover 2. We have a new PICU doctor today who seems particularly perspicacious and confident 3. Aunt Leanne prays for Josie every day 4. Many people, all over the country (even wonderful people we don't even know from the blogosphere) faithfully pray for Josie and this means so much to us.