Friday, September 24, 2010

The Daddy Effect

The day got off on the right foot when Josie was greeted by her dad!  Call it coincidence but Josie showed encouraging improvement throughout the afternoon. 
Hey Dad - I missed you!

She was very cooperative during her breathing treatments and even decided to help the respiratory therapist. 
Here, let me give you a hand with that.

Ok, I got it from here.  Why don't you go ahead and take the rest of the day off...

As usual, Josie isn't hurting for attention.  We returned from lunch to find her being cuddled by Katie, the nursing student.  Apparently baby spoiling is an important part of the nursing school curriculum and it requires many hours of practice.  Katie just couldn't resist this bundle of cuteness!
No pictures, please!

Josie's breathing is a lot less labored and the stridor sound has reduced significantly.  As I type this, her Daddy is holding her and her oxygen saturation is 100 (A+ girlfriend)!  I'm sure the saturation perfection is aided by the fact that he's singing "Josie's milkshake brings all the babies to the yard..."

The medical staff is slowly attempting to wean her off the cannula.  We were told that she could return home when her breathing returns to "baseline" (ie no oxygen, no stridor sounds, no retractions).  Her diagnosis is an undisclosed respiratory virus (the physician did not want to commit to "croup") and it appears to be passing.

Josie would like to personally thank all of our Confessions of the Chromosomally Enhanced friends for their support, encouragement and prayers. 
Thanks everybody!  You are the best!

12 comments:

  1. WAY TO GO DAD!!!! I bet you didn't know how much medical training you didn't need to make your little Josie feel better.

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  2. Love the pictures:) My favorite one is where she's holding the breathing treatment and her other fist is raised in the Rocky Balboa Salute!!! Adorable and so happy to hear the progress!! Keep up the good work, Josie

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  3. Yeah for daddy coming home and yeah for Josie doing so much better.
    So thankful for answered prayers.

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  4. Prayers answered, woot! great pictures.

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  5. She is just so adorable! Our Skink always used to sleep with her hands over her eyes... that picture of Josie with her hands over her eyes just melts me!

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  6. awesome! glad she is doing so much better and love all of the pics!!!

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  7. So glad that she is doing better. She really is so adorable. How could anyone resist giving that sweet little baby a squeeze? :)

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  8. woo hooo!! its amazing what a little daddy time can do!! hope she is home soon!

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  9. Hooray for such wonderful improvement!! And how can you NOT want to spoil that little doll??

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  10. Three cheers for Daddy magic! Of course, NOW Josie's "lullaby" will be stuck in my head for the rest of the evening...our prayers aren't stopping! Love, love, love to you...covered in ketchup.

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  11. As a Mom I hate to admit (not really:) that Dads have special powers of their little girls. So happy to hear that she is taking Baby Steps towards going home!! Still sending prayers from Montana.

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  12. What a strong little girl! Continued prayers coming your way!!!

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