This is the word that comes to mind after all of the events that transpired today. Lucky. First, I would like to clarify what happened and tell you the results of the tests. There is a reason that my husband was with me today. In time of great urgency along with the emotions that go along with, we heard two different things and we were able to clarify once the dust settled a bit. What I am referring to is her heart. It DID stop this morning. However, this was not the issue, it was because of other issues that this happened. The issue was that she aspirated severely. This then lead to her not getting enough oxygen to her brain so she started seizing. Because of the lack of oxygen to her brain, this means that it is also not getting to her heart and that is why her heart stopped. We are thanking the Lord above that doctors and nurses were already at her bedside when this transpired and were able to start compressions immediately. Once they were able to move her to Pod A, they did get a heart beat but had to continue chest compressions because her blood pressure was not adequate and they still didn't have her lines in to medicate to control it. Chest x-ray from earlier was horrible. ECMO will give her a chance to rest for a couple of days and get rid of some of the fluid. One of the other major concerns is her kidneys. She is peeing like crazy so thanking God again that these seem to be functioning properly. Now to the brain. This is of course the biggest concern next to her heart, which is fine by the way!!!!!! Since she is on ECMO which is a lot of machinery to maneuver, they went ahead and just conducted a bedside ultrasound to see if they could see anything alarming. Drum roll please..........nothing alarming what so ever! AMEN!!!!! Now, this still doesn't mean that she doesn't have any problems, it just means that there isn't a reason to take her down to get the head CT right away. We will just have to reconsider if she shows signs of brain related problems. Lindsay does have much better color when we were able to see her again around 2pm. Her head, hands, and feet were definitely pinker. Still blue, but better. I will post a picture later this evening of the whole ECMO get up.
On a lighter note, we just want to say thank you to all that have sent prayers up for our daughter. The amount of people that have posted just brings us to tears. Off to see the princess. Love to you all!