It's a new day, another day with Hope and another miracle to add to our list. Hope's bleeding appears to have stopped around 6pm last night. She is decently stable this morning and the doctors are more positive about her outcome. The medication she is on for the bleeding (it helps shrink the veins to stop bleeding) is only effective in some patients. We praise God that it, combined with many prayers, has been effective for Hope.
I asked the cardiologist this morning if she had expected Hope to survive the night. She said that she was surprised to see her this morning. Wow, what a mighty God we serve. We are not out of the woods, Hope remains in critical condition. There is hope for her future and we will cling to that hope.
The plan is to allow Hope's body to rest today. She is scheduled for an emergency slot in the OR tomorrow. They would take her today, but feel they will be more properly staffed tomorrow and feel that this is a safer bet when dealing with Hope. Today they are contacting the doctors in Edmonton to get to know Hope's history in the OR and be as prepared as possible.
Shawn and I spent the night in Hope's room last night. It was by no means a restful or pleasant sleep. I was sleeping in a recliner and Shawn on a mini couch that turns into a bed. We are both tired this morning and running on caffeine and the prayers of many. Hope is clearly in pain and is on a few pain medications to keep her more comfortable. I was able to hold her for a bit today and she was less opposed to this than she was yesterday.
I am not making many friends in the medical community. I have learned that being quiet is not in Hope's best interest and that you can be respectful and still firm. This morning they began discussing Hope's infected PICC line and the possibility of pulling it in the OR tomorrow. I told them that our preference was to keep the line if possible and treat the infection at the source. The Intensivist doctor said that our preference was not their concern. I boldly responded that our preference has saved her life on more than one occasion. If it was not for our presence, her line would have already been pulled and Hope wouldn't be with us today. This silenced the entire room and changed the tone for the rest of the meeting. I may not have medical experience, but I have more experience with Hope than any of them and that makes my opinion extremely important.
Sadie was thrilled to wake up and find her "Auntie 'Y'indsay" all the way from Squamish, and Grandpa all the way from Michigan, in her house. We are comforted by the fact that our little girl is feeling spoiled and not forgotten. We are so thankful for the support of friends and family.... A complete stranger left a gift card at the hospital last night for our breakfast this morning. A friend texted me this morning to see if we needed breakfast brought up to the hospital. There are two corporate times of prayer planned for Hope this evening. One at Bonavista Baptist Church in Calgary at 7:30pm and one at Compass Point in Burlington, also at 7:30pm. We are so blessed by the commitment of so many to pray for our sweet girl as she fights for her life. Thank you to all who are praying.