Friday, August 31, 2007
Yesterday, Kathryn wasn't doing as well and her sats would drop when the nurses would mess with her - diaper change, blood work, chest xray, etc. At about 4 pm, I was at the hospital and she dropped and took a while to come back up so they moved her to 100% oxygen again. Since then, here's the basics:
-100% oxygen since yesterday at 4 pm
-vent settings have been turned up
-sats were staying in the 60's (sometimes lower and occasionally higher) from about 4 pm-7pm
-pavulon (the paralyzer) was started again around 7pm
-as the pavulon kicked in, sats were going into the 70's (still 100% O2 and higher vent settings)
-chest xray showed that one lung was mostly blocked and the other was open
-started vibration therapy to help her "break up" the congestion (she can't cough to get it going)
-started albuterol breathing treatments to help (maddie had this for asthma/rsv)
-started decodrone to help with some swelling issues
-took another blood culture and suction culture to test for another infection (orig infection worry from the other day has been negative so far, so this is just to see if one has creeped up)
-continued with chest xrays through the night to see lung progress
-turned her to her stomach around 10 pm and lifted the hood to her bed for xrays
-when they turned her and lifted the hood, her sats improved
-she stayed the rest of the night (and is still this way) on her tummy and with the hood open
-sats elevated to 80's and 90's through the early morning (12 am - 5 am)
-ventilator settings are still elevated and oxygen still at 100%
Greg and I stayed at the hospital and got some sleep from 12 or 1 am til about 5 am. We are both working till 12 and then going to the hospital. We're ok, just tired. We don't know what the next steps are. A lot of this is wait and watch to see how she reacts to different treatments. What a long road ahead. Please pray for wisdom, patience, love and understanding for the doctors and nurses. Dr. Dicarlo is on this morning and Dr. Mena this afternoon. We were with Dr. Strange last night and I think we finally had a good connection with one of the doctors. Our baby is their baby too and we know that they will do everything that they can, but it's so hard as a parent to sit back and watch.
As parents, we are supposed to fix things for our kids and right now we can't fix a darn thing and that really sucks!! We can pray though and so can you - for all of us.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Well, they weened her from that yesterday, which is a good thing. However, she is now more alert and looking around and moving little tiny bits, so she gets "mad" when they mess with her to take xrays, blood work, weigh ins, etc. Her "mad" spells basically means that she drops her oxygen saturation levels and they then have to bump up her oxygen percentage and ventilator settings until she can get back to normal. Then they slowly bring her back down. Each time she has a spell like this they call it a BPD spell - which stands for bronchopulmonary dysplasia - which is basically chronic lung disorder - somewhat common for preemies this small. Anyway, they think she is having these partly from coming off of the Pavulon, so they may consider upping her fentinel (her sedation medication) so that she is not as alert when she is awake. Our nurse last night described it like she is groggy on that medication.
She is still retaining some fluid, so she is a little "puffy" right now. But Dr. Strange says this is because she isn't moving a lot, she's on medications that contribute to that, she is having some lung difficulties, etc. She says it is not a pretty side effect, but it is not a medical concern at this point. She also had a blood transfusion yesterday evening, so she received lasix before the transfusion and then again 12 hours afterwards.
I talked to Dr. Strange this morning and she said that Kathryn had a rougher morning. She is a real "touch me not" since early this morning. Every time they touch her - for care, labs, etc. - she drops her oxygen sats. She says that this is not a critical thing at this time, that she has seen this with many babies. That's the reason for considering the increase in her fentinel to help relax her some more. Still, it's scary to hear that she is having the spells. I asked if the things she is experiencing are recoverable things - meaning can she recover from them or are they definitely life threatening. She reassured me that she can recover from these things, but that they are still very serious. They can lead to situations that babies have a very difficult time recovering from.
All in all, she is stable today right now. They also weighed her last night for the first time since last Saturday. They said that the weight could be inaccurate because she is retaining some fluid and did just have a transfusion, but it showed that she went from 1 #, 10 oz to 1 #, 14 oz. If this stays accurate, then she would have gained an entire pound since birth in 5 weeks.
Anyway, please pray for Kathryn. She is definitely doing better, but she is still not on the other side of this and still has a lot of progress to make.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
She did much better today SO FAR. Everything right now is day by day and sometimes hour by hour. She seems to be responding well to the steroids and stayed at a saturation level of 90 or above the majority of the day while only requiring oxygen levels of much less than 100%. She started to ween from the high oxygen levels this morning, first with 90% and went as low as 50% when we left at 5:00. She is still on the fentinal (I think) for pain and she is on the other medication that relaxes her to the point of no movement - I can't remember the name of it. From what we found out today, the steroids is going to be longer than what I expected. She will take doses of it every 6 hours for 7 days. Then they will ween the amount down and every 8 hours for 5 more days, ween the amount down again every 12 hours for 5 more days, and then ween it one last time once a day for 5 final days. (I THINK. - Don't quote me.) So, she is likely to be on the steroids for 22 days. Most of that time she will probably remain on both the fentinal and the other medication (name escapes me). The second medication basically "paralyzes" her temporarily so that she doesn't expend her oxygen.
While she is doing all of this, she will still continue her liquid nourishment - her hyperal and her lipids - and she will still continue her antibiotics too in order to fight infection should she have one. Remember, she is being checked for an infection right now that we should better know about by tomorrow of Thursday. As of now, the cultures have come back negative yesterday and today. They probably will wait a while to re-introduce the gut priming. Also, no news about any weight gain. With all of the occurrences the last few days, they have not been concerned with weighing her for right now.
She is still having good urine output. Chest xrays are still improving, but things are still day by day and hour by hour.
Greg and I plan to return to work tomorrow provided that things continue to be more positive. This is a really rough ride! Please pray for Kathryn.
We stayed at the hospital with her last night in the parenting room and will go back this morning at 10:00 when they open. The doctors don't know if there is an infection yet, the cultures for that will show best by Wednesday or Thursday. If there is one, this could have all been related, but there is no way to know. Chest xrays are improving, but still a little cloudy.
Dr. Dicarlo was not sure if she would recover from this when we got there last night. He told us that she may not make it through the night if they could not get her to respond to the vents, the oxygen, and the steroids. He seems to be pleased with the improvements she made last night, and we are certainly relieved, but she is not out of the woods yet. Greg and I will be at the hospital today and if she has a better day today, we will return to work tomorrow.
Please pray for Kathryn.
Monday, August 27, 2007
"Greg and Kelly Ellis's baby Kathryn, is in trouble, and may not live through the night. Kelly was too upset to speak, so we are not sure of details -- just that it is serious. Jack Hinnen has gone to the hospital to be with them. Please lift up this precious infant and her faithful parents to the Lord."
Like I said, I am back to work. I am now working 7-4 until Kathryn comes home so that I have earlier afternoons with Madelyn and maybe an opportunity to go visit Kathryn before the NICU closes at 6pm for shift change. Then home for dinner, give Maddie a bath, back to the hospital at 8 for visitation and home to put a 3 1/2 year old to bed. Then maybe a few minutes for me before I head off to bed somewhere around 10 pm so that I can get up around 5 am to start over.
Kathryn had some troubles this weekend. On Friday she received another blood transfusion. She gets them every 3-4 days so this was a common thing for her. After the transfusion, she had an impressive weight gain of 2 ozs to 1 #, 10 oz on Friday night. Saturday morning they started her on lasics (I probably misspell this!!) to release some fluids - remember like a diuretic for her. When they noticed at 11:00 am on Saturday morning that she was elevated and her chest xray showed cloudy as if there was extra fluid. They started her on antibiotics Saturday in case of an infection and then gave her some saline to help increase the urine output. She did have some more urine output last night, but they are giving her another bout of lasics to help with even more urine output. All this sounds awfully scary to me, but they assure us that there are no excess worries today other than common worries for preemies and specifically for Kathryn. With the blood cultures, it is the same as last time, we get preliminary results each day, but the best indication of an infection would appear 48 - 72 hours after the initial blood work. So, we will know more about this on Wednesday. Please pray for no infection!!!!!
They also had started the gut priming again yesterday, but they decreased the frequency to 1/2 cc every 8 hours instead of every 6 hours. They are taking it slower this time.
I called to check on her just now. They are still continuing with the gut priming and she hasn't had much change since last night on her vent settings. She is on a type of pain medication to help her feel comfy right now with all of this going on and this seems to calm her a little.
Please pray for Kathryn over the next few days that she does not have an infection!!!
Oh and she did get her UAC out this weekend so we are now doing heel sticks every 12 hours for labs.
And please keep responding and letting us know who you are, where you are from, and how you know Kathryn. I want to put this in her baby book and show Kathryn one day how many people were praying for her.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I can't believe she is at 1 1/2 pounds!!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Kathryn was wide awake tonight at our visit - like she knew that there was a milestone to celebrate!!
Kathryn continues to do well. Her weigh in last night was 620 grams, which is 1#, 6 oz!!! As I said yesterday, her head ultrasound and her chest xray were normal!!! That felt wonderful to type!! Her chest xray showed that she should technically be on higher ventilator settings than what she is on. She is on 40 - 50% oxygen, but her xray showed that she should be on about 80%. Basically, what I take from that (and Dr. Strange confirmed this) is that she is doing better than she should be doing according to xrays!! (That's your prayers and ours at work!!) She has pretty much been on 35-50% oxygen since birth. Room air we breathe is 21% oxygen I think, so she isn't that much above room air. Dr. Strange says that she is on moderate ventilator settings. She really wishes that Kathryn could be lower, but she seems to require 40-50% lately. According to Dr. Strange, some babies start out on lower settings and then go up, so it is good that Kathryn has stayed steady, but we want to get her down!! No one can hold her (not the nurses and doctors or Greg and I) until she gets off that ventilator!! So, I asked how she gets off the ventilator. Dr. Strange said it's a combination of her growing and getting nutrition. That said, here is the next piece of BIG news.
They started "feeding" her formula through her tube. Actually, the amount that she is getting is so minor, that they don't call it feeding, instead it is called "gut priming." She basically gets 1/2 cc every 6 hours. In a 24 hour period, she gets 2 cc. To put it in perspective, a teaspoon is 5 cc, so Kathryn has 2/5 of a teaspoon per day. Huge nutrition for such a tiny girl; I think the rest of us would starve though!!! They check her residual to see how she is doing in "digesting" it. So far, she is doing well with it. They don't want to go too fast with feeding because with babies this small, the risk with feeding is called NEC. It is short for necrotizing enterocolitis, which is an intestinal infection unique to preemies. Basically, part of the intestine can be destroyed or perforated and it can cause serious issues in feeding. Because of the dangers of this, the doctors and nurses go very slow on feeding babies this little in hopes to avoid it. All this said, she does NOT have NEC at this point and hopefully she will not get it.
We also found out that her labs have moved up to every 12 hours, which is another great thing for her. If she can stay stable enough for them to continue with every 12 hour labs, she may eventually be able to get her UAC line out. That's the line that caused the purple toes, so getting it out would be another great step!!
Anyway, we've had a few great days with Kathryn and I certainly can't believe that she is already 4 weeks old!! 28 days in the NICU and counting. Please keep praying for Kathryn!! She is getting bigger and stronger by our prayers and Greg, Madelyn and I are able to face each new day smiling because of the peace we get from these prayers and the love and support we receive!!
Love to all!! Kelly
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Dad and Madelyn goofing off at the NICU! We usually take her at night in her jammies since we go at 8:00 and get home around 9:00. Maddie has made friends with many of the nurses and they are all aware of her singing abilities.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Kathryn is having another head ultrasound tomorrow and a cardiac ultrasound too. They are just making sure that nothing has developed with the brain or heart. Kathryn has had several of these, so this is just routine. Please pray for routine results too!!
Friday, August 17, 2007
THAT'S RIGHT - KATHRYN'S FIRST TUMMY TIME!!!!!!!
And here's a view of her that no one had seen yet, us included. The back of her head!! (And she doesn't have a flat spot yet!!!)We are headed to sleep for the night. It was so relaxing to see her snuggled up on her tummy. For the first time, she looked like a comfortable baby. I couldn't stop smiling at her!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Everything else is still the same. No big changes with Kathryn so that's good news. We did hear that as of yesterday, there is still no bacteria growth showing in her blood sample that they took last Saturday. It could still appear over the next several days, but it is not that likely and even if it does, there are two good things with that. If it appears as bacteria growth this far out from the original sample, the growth is very weak AND she will have already been on an antibiotic since Saturday so it doesn't stand a chance to grow further. No big changes with her toes, they still are dark, but it does not seem to have gone to her feet. And there is no further darkening which leads the doctors to believe that the new UAC line helped the situation to not grow further and that the darkening that is there now is left over from the first line. We just keep massaging those feet!! By the way, the new line is working well! They have also taken her off of one of her fluids (HAL - the one with Vitamins and Minerals) for 4 hours each day and they replace that 4 hours with glucose water. Supposedly, being on HAL for too much, too long can damage the liver, so pulling back on the HAL is a normal process that all NICU babies go through. So that's a good step - they must feel like she is ready for that!
Monday, August 13, 2007
Greg, Madelyn and I are retiring for the day. We all need it.
We called on Sunday morning after church to check on Kathryn and Dr. Mena said that he wanted to have a chance to talk with us when we came to visit that afternoon. I am sure that we will get accustomed to that, but it's not a great thing to hear over the phone!! Well, long and confusing story short, here is the news:
Kathryn has to have her UAC line. This is what the doctors and nurses use to draw her labs to check her every 6 hours. Without this line, they would be "driving blind" as to her care right now. However, having this line can cause poor circulation to her extremities, namely right now, her toes. They have a purplish hint to them, or as Dr. Mena calls it, a dusky appearance. She gets regular foot massages and warm compresses on her feet to help this. Removing the UAC line would most likely correct this, but they must have the line. In some babies like Kathryn, if this remains a problem, there is a risk that she could lose her toes. Wow, that was a tough one for us to stomach this weekend. I ran through every scary scenario I could think of. I cried thinking of my child not being able to walk because I thought surely you need toes to walk, right? Greg, my mom, and Dr. Mena all reassured me that this is not the case. I guess Greg and I are at peace with this. We both know that there is nothing that we can do other than trust in her doctors and pray for them, the nurses, and for Kathryn. I mean in the grand scheme of what we could face, I guess we have been blessed so far.
Dr. Mena did mention that changing the UAC line out and reinserting a new one could help this problem. Of course, it could also make it worse or not change it at all. They don't want to do that if it is functioning properly. So naturally my question was, "well is it functioning properly?" Expecting to hear "yes", imagine my surprise when Dr. Mena said that it was starting to give blood very sluggishly. So, long story short, is that they may be forced to change her UAC line anyway. They assure us that this is a normal procedure and is not complicated. It is a little more than putting in an IV, but certainly not a major procedure. Each time they draw labs (every 6 hours) could mean that it is time for a new line. We won't know until it happens, but we are peaceful that it is a fairly minor thing.
I just checked in on her this morning. She is holding steady at 1 #, 2 oz today (8 days of a pound and counting) - kinda like the record heat in Alabama of over 100 for 7 days. She has not received a new UAC line as of yet and there is no change in her toe color. No better this morning, but no worse - that's great!! Her first labs have come back and there is still no bacteria growth, meaning no infection has popped up yet. (Remember we'll get our best results tomorrow.) Let's all pray for good results tomorrow too!!
Kathryn is hanging in there and growing some. She is so much a part of our family already and very are so proud of all of her accomplishments so far!! Please keep praying for her. Today specifically pray for great labs tomorrow morning, a great day for Kathryn, wonderful toe massages, and for her nurses and doctors.
Greg asked me last night if I think we are handling this any better or worse than some parents would. I told him that I think we are handling this like Christian parents with previous experience with parts of the NICU. I truly don't know how people face big experiences in their lives without the faith that we, as Christians, have. We look to each other and to God each day to carry us through this and I think that's why we can smile about it so much. (Of course, we cry about it too because it's scary.) But can you imagine how much scarier this would be without the faith that God will wrap his arms around Kathryn and carry her through this?) Greg, Madelyn and I all love you and appreciate the wonderful support you are giving our family of four!! You give us peace to face each day. God's blessings to each of you - he sure has granted mine!!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
So, they drew lab cultures which means a new stick for blood drawing and they have sent it off for cultures to see if there is an infection. Meanwhile, they have started her on antibiotics to treat an infection if there is one. The antibiotic she was started on is supposedly the top one for preemies. They reassured me on the phone that she was OK and that this was mainly precautionary for babies so little and that if it was an infection, they had plenty that they can do to treat it, but of course, I wanted to see her. So at 10:15 last night I trekked to the NICU to check on her, while Greg stayed here with Madelyn (she was sacked out!!).
Kathryn looked the same, but it's just scary because it's the first setback. Several of the nurses that she has had so far came to me to reassure me that this is common and so did Dr. Mena. I stayed with her and watched and prayed for a while. Needless to say, I did not get much sleep.
When I spoke with Robin, her nurse, this morning around 6:30, she said that Kathryn's blood looked much better and that her urine output had been great through the night. Kathryn "looks like she feels much better" is what she told me. She will be getting another blood transfusion today (normal) and she is back to 1 #, 2 oz again. What a trooper!! She has now held that pound for a entire week!!
Anyway, we should know better about the results of the cultures for an infection today and even better by tomorrow. They test the culture every 24 hours for 5 days to see if anything develops. Please pray specifically today for no infections for Kathryn!!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
A new hand holding picture with Mom this time. Aren't her fingers so tiny?!!
A picture of Dad and Maddie with Kathryn. Now you can tell just how little she really is in her Giraffe bed!!I almost forgot, a picture of Kathryn with her new PICC line. That's it in the leg closest to the bottom of the picture. Looking good isn't it!!
Friday, August 10, 2007
When I went to visit yesterday afternoon, I checked her weight gain and she is back up again to 1 #, 2 oz. No official word yet as to last night's weigh in at midnight, but I will check today when I see her.
I go back today for a checkup with my heart doctor that saw me in the hospital. In all honesty, one of the ones I saw was a real pain (Dr. Rao) with bad bedside manner and the second one (Dr. Colon - not pronounced like a part of your body, pronounced with a French accent) was extremely lax. Guess which one I made my follow-up appointment with?
Actually, I was a little worried with Dr. Colon, the lax one, because he seemed a little too lax for how uptight Dr. Rao was. At any rate, I am really hoping that he will adjust my medicine today, because my pressures have been a lot lower on this medication. I am staying in the range of 115/72 or even lower which is such a shock to my body lately because my pressures were so high. They mentioned that if I got too low (bottomed out) that it would cause some headaches, etc. They were correct!! Anyway, I have to take my blood pressure diary and hopefully they will see that and make a change.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
We went to the NICU last night to visit Kathryn and had to wait for about 45 minutes to go in. They were removing her UVC tube from her umbillical cord area. This is how she gets her fluids, "food," and medications. These little lines don't last long and the fact that hers lasted 13 days is wonderful. Instead she now has a temporary IV in her foot for "feeding" and an IV in her arm (to replace the one that had been in her other foot) for blood transfusions. (I think I have this all correct.) The new feeding IV in her foot is what will become her PICC line which I mentioned the other day. The PICC line will be in her head - which as a mom is visually tough to imagine and will be equally tough to see. The nurses say that at this early, it won't hurt her at all, but it sure seems like it would. Anyway, her "food" right now is a mix of glucose water, HAL liquids (vitamins and nutrients) and lipids (fats to make her bigger). Madelyn calls them her water, her apple juice, and her milk since one liquid is clear, one is yellowish, and one is white.
When we went last night, her weight was down to 1 # and 1 oz, but at least she stayed above the 1 pound mark for now!! I spoke with the nurse this morning and her midnight weigh in last night was the same so she maintained that pound. The nurse also said that she may have her PICC line inserted today. Oh yeah, her nurse Susan told us last night that she has started to pass the meconium (for those who don't know what this is, this is the first baby poops!) Sorry for the gross details, but Susan said that Kathryn probably pooped her weight in a single day! Given that, I think it's wonderful that she still weighs 1 # and 1 oz!! Like I said, sorry for the gross details, but I thought that was impressive.
Madelyn colored a picture last night for Kathryn and nurse Susan taped it near her bed so Kathryn and everyone could see it. Madelyn even wrote her name on it - I'll get a picture of it so you can all see our little artist in action before she becomes famous.
I am attaching a few new photos. The first two are reading to Kathryn the other night.Dad and Maddie reading Mommy Hugs to Kathryn.
Mom and Maddie reading Daddy Hugs to Kathryn.
Here's a new shot of Greg holding hands with Kathryn from two nights ago. The bandaid on Kathryn's head is where they have marked their territory for the future PICC line. (See what I mean that it looks like it will be scary!)
Please pray for Kathryn!! Pray specifically today for healthy lungs and a tough girl as she gets her PICC line soon.
By the way, I return to the doctor on Friday for my blood pressure. So far my blood pressure diary that they required me to complete looks great - mostly pressures are normal!!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
By the way, she is back to 1 pound 2 ounces as of Sunday night. No official weight gain news from last night's weigh in. It also appears that her head is another inch in circumference and she has added an inch and a half to her length coming in at 12 1/2 inches now! (She still looks shorter than that though since she usually sleeps like a frog with her legs scrunched up!)
Quick update before I close, I just spoke with the nurse. The new IV insertion went well. She has a new one in her arm. They are looking into taking away her UAC line and putting in a PICC line. A UAC line goes through her umbilical cord and that is how they draw labs every 3 hours to check on her. A PICC line is very similar but is a catheter instead of an IV. It is much more stable from what I understand and much less invasive to the baby and can stay in one place for longer than an IV. Most likely the PICC line will go in a few days.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Well off to bed! It was a very busy weekend - or at least in comparison to the activity I was getting in the hospital. My blood pressures are starting to level off. Greg is doing well too - a little tired. I think the past few weeks are catching up to him and the craziness of taking care of three girls, work, the yard, himself, etc is wearing him out!!
Please keep us all in your prayers, but especially Kathryn!
Love, Kelly and Madelyn
Friday, August 3, 2007
Maddie started ballet yesterday too! Here's a picture!
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
I am still in the hospital as they continue to monitor my blood pressures. With PIH (Pregnancy induced hypertension), it takes several weeks to get it back under control and many patients leave the hospital temporarily on blood pressure medication. They have not seen me return to normal enough blood pressures even with medication though to release me at this point. Yesterday I saw a cardiologist and they did an echocardiogram to see if there was a particular reason that I continue to experience blood pressures as high as 196/109 or even higher a few random times. The concern is that they get those blood pressures here in the hospital when the extent of my activity is showering and getting dressed, visiting Kathryn in the NICU (by wheelchair), and lying on my right or left side. If they can't control it with that limited activity, they have been afraid to release me to my family knowing that my activity will naturally increase at home! At this point, I have told Greg that I am convinced that they are simply researching ways for me to be able to work, drive, eat, and play while lying on my left side for the rest of my life!!! :-) All kiding aside, I am extremely ready to leave the hospital as a patient and return just for daily visitation with Kathryn.
Kathryn had a head ultrasound yesterday (not her first) and there were no concerns that they could find. For babies of this gestation, they are looking for bleeding in the brain, but our little fighter is doing just great!!! The chances for any of that decrease to less than 10% when the babies reach 1 week old, so it looks like we just reached our first milestone!!! Another step for now is that the billiruben light is gone for now. She will likely go on and off of that many times, but it's nice to see her now without her little sunglasses!! In case we haven't shared yet, she has the longest blond eyelashes and it looks as if she may be a blond. Of course at this point, it could be just her baby fuzz and her hair color could change as she grows.
Kathryn continues to receive blood transfusions and may be on her 4th or 5th already. The doctors assure us that this is extremely normal and expected for a baby of Kathryn's size and that she will have many more until she leaves the NICU. Her little body only holds 1 ounce of blood and with the tests that they perform on her every three hours, she doesn't have time to reproduce enough on her own yet.
Many people have asked us about blood donations. If you are here in Birmingham, you can go to Life South at the corner of Oxmoor and Lakeshore in Homewood and specify that you want to give in Kathryn's name. (You probably have to give her full name of Kathryn Bryan Ellis.) If you are not local, I believe that you can visit your local American Red Cross office and do the same thing. Kathryn is B+, but even if you are not a match for her, you can give in her name and she will receive a credit. This and prayers are the best things that we can do for her!!
Well, enough of a novel today. My cardiologist just came in to let us know that as long as my blood pressures remain ok today, then I can go home this evening around 6 or so. We've heard that for a few days now, so maybe this time is for good. Fingers crossed! Please pray for all of us!!