Saturday, March 20, 2010

Chest close; heart beating on her own rhythm

Gwen's chest is now closed.  The operation went smoothly.

Her heart is beating faster than the pacemaker, which is good news because it means it's finding it's own rhythm.

Her white blood cell count is up, and the bone marrow sample they got yesterday showed lots of Neutrophils.  They think that perhaps Laura had developed antibodies that were killing Gwen's Neutrophils, and that since she was on meds to stop the antibodies that shouldn't be a problem.

The are taking her off of the drugs that have her paralyzed.  So we should see her moving around tonight. They are also weaning her off of the ventilator slowly.  Once her central lines are out we will get to hold her again.

Becca and Lil are coming this afternoon and Lil will get to see Gwen for only the second time.  Hopefully Lil won't be too concerned about all the wires and tubes.

7 comments:

  1. Praise Jesus! He is taking care of all of us.

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  2. This is all wonderful news and I couldn't be happier! You all will continue to be in my thoughts! Gwen is amazing and has an amazing family!! Love to you all!!!

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  3. Awesome news all around!! Praise God! Praying that her recuperation would continue to go smoothly.

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  4. Amazing! We are so relieved that she is doing so well! Thank you so much for the updates! We will continue to pray!

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  5. Wow! That's wonderful! God continues to just smooth the way before you guys :)

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  6. So, so glad to hear this news! I'm praying Jesus keeps His hands on that little heart until it's completely whole! Hope you guys are holding up, too. How's the mama? Keep yourself rested and fed, girl...that breastmilk is going to be comin' in any day now, and Gwen will be hungry!! Can't wait to see you all together, the Carpenter Four.

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  7. Praises to God! Whew! Still praying and thinking about you all the time. Can't wait to meet little Gwen when she comes home and see what a wonderful big sister Lillian is!

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