Operation ZoZo Update – Day 5
So, I’m running on even less sleep than i had in the last post, so I’m going to get to the point. Last night, Hillary and I were able to sleep in one of the family rooms just down the hall from the NICU. We were very thankful for it, but I had to sleep on the floor, so I’m a little less sentimental, and a little more temperamental. Anyway, here’s the update on Zoe, as we know it…
Zoe is crying well, and sounds NOTHING like Faith. Earlier, we could barely hear a funny little piggy cry. Today, we’ve heard her voice, so she seems to have recovered from the intubation well enough to use her throat a little more. It’s music to our ears.
Cathing is down to only every 8 hours. Her residual (urine left in that she didn’t or couldn’t pee out herself) is still very low, so she’s urinating well enough to reduce the need to manually empty her bladder.
Head circumference is still at 32 cm, so it’s completely unchanged from when she was born. If at increases very much, it may indicate the need for a shunt. But as of right now, we may be ok. She had a head ultrasound today to check a little more thoroughly if she needs it or not.
Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy came by this morning and said her movement is pretty good. She is doing perfect above the waist, doing well from the ankles up, but she still doesn’t seem to have much control of her feet. She can move them a little, but doesn’t do her reflexes well enough for them. They gave us some massages and exercises to do with her to help her straighten her feet and get them stronger.
She has some swelling above her surgical site, which is normal for a couple of days afterwards. It should go down on it’s own. If not, they’ll look at draining it.
We still have no idea when we might go home, but we’re staying optimistic. God knows how long He wants her here, and we love the peace of mind that someone is watching her at all times. But we are anxious to have Faith get to see her, and for us to all be home together. Continue to pray for us as we manage all of Zoe’s doctors’ names and try to remember everything that they tell us. We love you all and appreciate all of the support!