Parenting · Zaza in PICU

The Gift of Ordinary, and Zaza in PICU: Day 2

Is it just me, or is this time of year insanely busy?

Wrapping up school, planning for summer, getting ready for graduations and weddings, then there’s spring cleaning… gardening… seemingly endless projects to complete around the house… oh yeah, and our jobs and three kids.

That said, I really try not to complain about being busy. For two reasons:

  1. It’s annoying. EVERYONE is busy. We’re not alone or special in our busy-ness.
  2. When I step back and really look at what’s going on around me, I am so beyond grateful for the everyday-ness of it.

Truly — what a gift “ordinary” is.

Zaza this morning on an ordinary Wednesday.

Below is Day 2 in the PICU, where we were beginning to careen far, far from ordinary. I was just starting to hear and try to understand the “language” of the PICU. What did the numbers and graphs on the monitors mean? What was good? What was a concern? What was that word you said? What is in that syringe?

What do you think is going to happen?

She is going to be okay… right???

Nurses are amazing, real-life super-hero people. They are life-savers and teachers that answer both the easy and hard questions. They were so kind and patient and gentle with me. I never stopped asking questions.

PS: I was so optimistic here. I wrote that it could be from 3 days to 3 weeks, completely believing we’d be out in a couple days. Three weeks?? No way. (…how about four?)


Zaza in PICU: Day 2
Oh my stars, are you people awesome. If you could see my red-rimmed, puffy eyes, you would think it was all due to our current location, but half of my crying is coming from your encouraging comments and huge support. We appreciate every word and prayer.

Positive news on Zaza this morning: we had a very uneventful night, which is much preferred over the recent action. Of course the doctors and nurses are following many different stats for her, and nearly every level on every stat is right where they want to see it.

day2They did another chest x-ray this morning. The hope was that there would be no changes, but in fact, there were slight improvements in her left side. The only other ‘action’ we plan to see today is a feeding tube inserted around noon.

She will continue to be intubated and sedated- they said it could be anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks- but as scary as that is, she can finally breathe and rest and hopefully continue to heal.

I have no doubt that the many people sending prayers, good vibes, energy and positive thoughts our direction is helping this little girl come back to us. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your support.

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