Avery continues to prove her strength. This morning her nurse Raquel laughed as she told me that she had, “had a little talk with Avery.” She said she told her, “Hey kiddo. I told your parents that you would be ‘out of it’ for three days. And, here you are….opening your eyes within 30 minutes??!? You’re making me look bad.” I reminded her that they told me the exact same thing when they took her dad in for his surgery a few weeks ago. They had said it would take him at least an hour to wake up from the anesthesia. It took him about five minutes to have bright eyes again. His first words after those five minutes of recovery were, “Hey, are they ready to start the surgery yet?”
Because of her continued activity, they had to provide her with more medicine to try to get her to relax and sleep, so she can best recover from her surgery. She was shuffling down her bed on her belly so diligently this morning, that she actually used her blanket to force out her own breathing tube right in front of her doctor and nurse. Fortunately, she was doing this in front of them (showing off??) as they were quickly able to re-intubate her.
Despite the increase in medicine, she continued to slowly open and close her bright eyes and move her fingers during our first visit of the day. The nurse explained that as long as she continues to do well over the next 24 hours, that they will start her on feeds again tomorrow. We’ll spend more time later today telling her how much she’s loved around the world and cheering her on to more weight gain and strength in the coming days.
One of her clearly favorite things to do is to push her feet out of the bottom of her little rounded bed out into the air of the isolette on a daily basis. The nurses tuck them in the bottom, she pulls them out the top. We tuck them in the top, she pushes them out the bottom. I like to envision her kicking her feet out of the bottom of her covers for years to come.
This mom just knows that this strong-willed kid not only has beautiful bright eyes, but also a very beautiful bright future.