Thursday, April 23, 2009

It's all gone!!

Pediatric Specialists of Alabama pulled into and out of my driveway yesterday for what I pray is the last time EVER! The oxygen tanks, concentrator, pulse oximeter, and all the various medical supplies are gone!! I feel like the chains have been lifted! Kathryn truly knows no limitations now and I am so proud for her.

On other news, we also had a checkup on Monday with her opthamologist, Dr. Metz. He said that her eyes have not changed in the past 6 months which is a huge blessing and another prayer that has been answered. She has a tiny bit of nearsightedness, but nothing that would require glasses. He said that even if she was 5, the amount of her nearsightedness is so small that it wouldn't require glasses! It may progress over time, but we thank God for the current blessings we are receiving! Because she is doing so well, we do not have to go back for a year! (Enter the theme music, "another one bites the dust", that we use to describe how quickly Kathryn knocks out doctors and medical equipment!)

A few last ramblings: Kat is doing very well sleeping in her room now. Greg and I love having our room back for the first time since July of 2007 - I know, it's been a long time!! Maddie's papers came in the mail yesterday for Kindergarten registration. I can't believe it's coming so soon! Just a few months away and my baby is growing up to be in big school. We are leaving today for our long weekend beach trip!!! Yea for Destin Florida!

And last but most certainly not least, please keep my brother and sister in law, Beau and Brittany, and their baby Gaines in your prayers. She is now 29 weeks on bedrest at GWUH, but this morning started having contractions. Please pray for more tummy time for little Gaines.

Faithfully, Kelly

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Results are in - no more equipment!!!

Kathryn's results came back this morning!! The doctors have discontinued her equipment and will be picking it all up!! We have a normal baby and she will finally go to bed tonight for the first time in her life with NO CORDS!

My God is an amazing God and he is so faithful!!! Praise God for Kathryn's strength!

Faithfully, Kelly

Still no oxygen

So, Greg and I made the executive decision without the consult of our doctors that we would just not put Kat back on the oxygen since the study last Wednesday night. She has now been SEVEN nights (and days) without oxygen. This morning when I checked on her she was 100 for her O2 reading. How great is that??? To be honest, we thought we would have had the results by now, I mean come on, a week??? Anyway, I called yesterday and raised a stink and we should hear something this morning!

We have another big step for her too - she has slept two nights in her own bed now. I know what you are thinking, she's closing in on two and had been sleeping in our room all this time? I was a little leery with all the equipment and such to put her in her own room, but now that she is off the oxygen, it was definitely time to try it. Mind you, the last two nights have not been easy; she cried for almost 40 minutes last night!

In other news:

1. my sister in law Brittany is now 28 weeks - you can visit them at to check up on Beau, Brittany, Reed, and Gaines
2. we are planning our first beach weekend getaway since Kathryn's birth -HALLELUJAH!!
3. Maddie's kindergarten orientation is coming up soon - when did she become so grown up?

Better Run to get dressed for work!
Faithfully, Kelly

Thursday, April 9, 2009

No Oxygen!!

We did Kathryn's pulse oximetry overnight test last night - for you non-medical folks - (that includes me), that means she slept all night with oxygen! And she did wonderful!! No alarms. The oxygen company comes today to pick up the machine to download and see if she passed, but I am pretty certain that she did pass!! Our house was creepily (is that a word?) quiet last night with the concentrator turned off for the first time in over a year - but I am not complaining!!

I am sorry for being such a crappy blogger lately!! We are so enjoying living life now that unfortunately, my time at the computer has gone by the wayside. Plus our computer had some viruses and we were getting them fixed!

Anyway, please pray that the results are as we expect they will be. We should know in a few days! Keep praying for my nephew Gaines to stay in his mommy's tummy for a while longer. She is now 27 weeks!

Faithfully, Kelly