Saturday, May 5, 2012

Prayer request for the next 24 hours

Just want to ask all the prayer warriors out there to pray for Cayla these next 24 hours specifically with her being weaned off morphine so they can have her coherent enough to breathe and respond to see if she's ready to have her breathing tube removed and possibly the central and arterial IV's (jugular and wrist) removed.  I have to say that I'm glad I'm not there tonight as she starts coming to more and more and fighting and feeling the pain and silently crying.  I could not handle it, but I trust the nurses to do their best taking care of her.  She does not stay still at all and thrashes around when not drugged.  I would love to somehow through a miracle from God have her be able to be on a much lower dose of morphine but still sleep or be able to relax without all the thrashing around.  Her vitals are pretty much in the range they should be to be able to remove some of this stuff.  I know she won't remember any of this, but it doesn't mean she's still not going to be in pain these next couple of days, especially if she can't calm down.  I don't know.  Just asking for peace for my precious baby girl!  Thanks!

I will also add an answer to prayers today too.  The nurse practitioner did not want to use the central or arterial IV to leave them open in case they were needed in an emergency.  So she needed to add another IV line in her other arm.  She put the rubber tie around her arm to restrict blood flow and  then tried to find a vein to work with.  She felt and felt and felt around and finally tried a spot and missed and without pulling the needle out was digging around for the vein in her arm.  I started crying and had to go to the back of her room to not watch but just pray.  I know how that hurts when they go digging for a vein.  The poor nurse was sweating it out trying to find this.  She pulled the needle out, gently rubbed the arm down and searched again.  I'm still crying uncontrollably, hormones are still to blame here too, and I start to pray again, knowing that many have and are praying too.  The next words I hear her say a few minutes later when she tried again were, "It's a miracle!  I wasn't even sure that was the right spot, but got it the 1st try!  What a miracle!"  When I heard her say it was a miracle twice I started crying even more, but happy tears.  God guided her hand and allowed her to find it the 2nd time.  :o)  I just want to say thank you for all the prayers that help even in smaller things she's going through. 

Here's a picture of her now with IV's in both arms and some pictures of my inlaws coming to visit tonight!  :o)  So, so, so good to see them all...Mom, Joe and Cathie.  Plus the picture of the deer running down Euclid Avenue as we were waiting for the shuttle tonight.  Just a little out of his comfort zone.  It's a little blurry but he's in there. 

Her IV's in both arms and what Grampa Joe said when he saw her like this, "Rudolf the Red Toed Reindeer."  :o)

Cayla's Aunt Cathie

Grandma and Grandpa

The deer on Euclid Avenue...


  1. praying for peace and comfort.

  2. praying for sweet little Cayla!!!
    Darlene Ford... I hope Grandma gave Linda her hug from me...

  3. Linda, I continue to pray for you and your family as you battle this intangible enemy. I KNOW. I've been there. The pain of watching your beautiful baby stuck, pricked, measured, intubated, extubated,on oxygen, off oxygen, etc. My son was born at 24 weeks and spent the next 4 months in the NICU. It was hard for me because I couldn't fight what was wrong with him. I know you may have days when you feel the same way. It was a very difficult journey, and I am not the same person I was before. I am a much better, much stronger person.
    God is so good to us. He has given us, not just Himself, but others to be a comfort to us. If you ever feel like you need a sympathetic ear, just contact me. You can contact me through this blog post, and if you want personal contact details, you can get those either by letting me know here or by contacting Richard & Susan Dean in Florida.
    I am praying for you and for baby Cayla Joy daily. My choir is praying for her, too!
    With love,
    Cassie P
    Jackson GA
    (a friend of Rick & Susan & Amy and all of their gang)