Day 1: Sinai PICU #SMA

So here we are - another Holiday season in the PICU. This will be the third year in a row, different hospital each year, that we've spent my B'day and New Year's night at the hospital. But, do you know what?! It's worth it as long as we have Emily with us! :) In fact, I think the only major holiday we haven't spent in the PICU with either Linnea or Emily is the 4th of July.

Anyway, poor Emily has a partially collapsed right lung with all the associated problems -- 4L of supplemental O2, increased BiPAP settings, lots of coughing, very very thick secretions, etc. We're doing treatments every 2 hours with the PICU staff and getting a bunch more cultures to see what's growing. Regardless, she is on Tamiflu and a new antibiotic. We're here, which is good. They cleared a bed for us b/c they were full, which we are incredibly grateful for. I am SO happy that we decided to not go back to Hopkins and found Sinai!!

Comments

Cass said…
Hang in there, you guys! Take care of yourselves, and thanks for updating us. Em is in our prayers.
Dawn Daws said…
Hope you feel better quick and maybe get home for New Years Emily!
Barb said…
Thinking of you.
Lucy and Ethel said…
Well, if Emily has to be in PICU, at least you're pleased with it.

Many hugs and prayers that this is a quick stay....

Helen/'Lucy'
Maria B. said…
I hope she feels better soon. Jojo is just finally getting over his illness. Well, home is where your heart is. As long as you're all together, it is home. We'll be praying...
Monica said…
There are way too many SMA kiddos in the hospital right now. Emily gets a spot in our prayers along with the others. I hope this is a short one for you.
SteveGreen01 said…
Nate, sorry about the hospitalization, bit also glad Emily is with you. Hope and pray Emily recovers swiftly and you all get back home. Love the "theater" Emily has!
Nate and Diana, just prayed for Emily and you two. Good to see Annabel yesterday at church. Our church is praying! We love you!

Jeff
Nate said…
Thanks, everyone, for checking in - for your prayers & thoughts. We're doing ok. Emily is pretty sick, but we're getting her cleared out and are fighting whatever bug she has. Hoping to be home soon! :)
Nicholas Black said…
Praying for renewed strength and hope in Christ for Emily and all of you! Keep up the good fight for Emily's health!