Gwen is still on a small dose of diuretic, 1 liter of o2 and a feeding tube with plans to be evaluated tomorrow to see if she can take food through her mouth. In the meantime they are over-flowing in the CICU (Cardiatic Intensive Care Unit). These details combined means she GRADUATED to the "step-down unit" known as the "Cardiac Care Unit"! Hooray for Gwenyth - she is on a excellent path towards going home to enjoy Springtime in the Shenandoah Valley!
So....what is the Cardiac Care Unit/Step Down Unit? It is her own room, just down the hall from CICU. She shares a nurse with three other babies and Mommy and Daddy take over much of the care and go through all kinds of education so we know how to care for her at HOME (infant CPR and other details). One of us is allowed to and encouraged to stay with her over night (there is a futon like bed).
It is quiet in this room, spacious with a little bit of a view of Center City, Philadelphia. It is so calm in here, nothing beeping or otherwise making noise (except when Lillian is here). We are all decompressing and adjusting to such the stillness and quietness. It feels strange - but good strange...is so wonderful to be here in this room because we know it means Gwenyth is closer to going home.
She's been checked out by a resident and a a fellow and both docs say she looks excellent. Gwen is doing well, very well.
Myers is enjoying being with her as her wide eyes take in the world - we love when she takes a break from sleeping to look around. We marvel at her and how well she is after a week and three days since some major surgery ("as big as it gets" according to Dr. Spray).
Thank you God for my sweet, healthy, healing baby girl!
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