As parents we are keen to know all the answers to our concerns about our children and Marya’s mother is no different. When we entered the echo room this morning, our nurse Diana had a list of questions for the doctor from mum. During the echo Marya lay placidly focusing her attention on a song coming from the phone. When her doctor entered he ask for specific images to be taken. He was concerned about Marya’s laboured breathing and tight tummy, both of which were on her mother’s list. Her oxygen saturation levels are satisfactory and the echo images showed her liver is slightly enlarged, which may be the reason for her tummy tightness. There were no new issues with her heart today. As the doctor explained to us his plan for adjusting her medications and fluid intake, more of the list could be marked off. Good blood test results from last week answered more questions and finally the doctor finished the list by saying that Marya can begin strengthening exercises for her legs and trunk. At the end of the week she will have another blood test and then her third follow-up echo in 10 days. From this a time maybe set for future surgery.
Little Marya had an exciting day of blood tests, her echo, ECG, and vitals. She and her mom were patient through it all. The doctor listened well to our concerns about her fluid levels that cause an increase in her work to breathe and lower oxygen levels. The nursing team are working with her mom to keep good track of her feedings so as not to overload her heart with too much liquid. Her medications have also been increased to reflect her blood and echo results. Pray for continued improvement in her health and that her fluid levels are managed well.
Today when I walked in to visit Marya with a couple students from the Grace College team, Marya was awake, happy, and enjoying some morning yogurt! Praise God for her continued improvements! Marya is now off all oxygen and is getting better. She still has the one chest tube in that is draining one of her lungs. The doctors believe she will continue to improve without a need for more caths and surgeries during this hospitalization. Thank you for prayers for her healing. Pray for her lung that they may be able to remove that tube soon.
Marya wasn’t quite as pleased with the cath as the doctor. She was obviously hungry when she was done but she was going to have to wait until the anesthesia was out of her system.
It was nice to see Marya today; the first time I have seen her since the day of her surgery. So, it was lovely to see her beautiful face, and so much hair! Marya is so tiny, but looking so intently at me and Joseph who were visiting her. Today she has started trying to feed orally. The nurse said that she does have a fever, and that she is recovering slowly still from her operation.
Please keep Marya in your prayers and she continues to recover. Pray that the Holy Spirit will fill her.
Today when we went to visit our beautiful Marya, she had been extubated yesterday and her mom was happy. The doctor told us that she is stable but for now he wanted her to use a nasal cannula. Her mom is doing very well. Please pray for her and for our beautiful Marya to heal and gain strength in the hospital.
This morning I phoned the hospital and asked about Marya’s first night. They said she was stable but intubated for another day.
When I went into her room she was drinking her milk very happy after the long fasting time she had because today she was having a Heart CT scan. The medical team wanted to know with more clarity her heart problem and also define if her surgery is a urgent case or not, then they will decided the next step to follow.
Her mother is doing very well. Please pray for wisdom for the medical team and that everything will go well with Marya and her mother.
Today we had the pleasure and the honor of picking up at the airport two beautiful families, one of them was our sweet Marya and her lovely mother. She looked so blue and tired, so we went straight to the hospital, and when we arrived there everything was ready for them in the ICU. Mom speaks Arabic, so this is an advantage because is easier for her communicate in the hospital.
The doctors and the nurses talked with the mom and explained everything and it made her more calm and confident about what was happening to her daughter. The medical team did some procedures. Marya cried a lot but only mom could calm her down, finally she went to sleep and I stayed with the baby a few minutes so that the mother could get some dinner.