Lily getting an Echocardiogram
Lily's special heart!
One bit of exciting news is that over the past two months, Lily has gained a pound! Check out her little tummy roll. A pound might not sound like a lot, but every single ounce counts.
Lily and her fistful of "Clinic Day Suckers"
Lily's resting oxygen saturations were in the 70's during this visit....considerably lower than her goal range of 85-100. We met with a Pulomonologist who put Lily on two nebulizer medications twice a day for the next few weeks to see if this improves the function of her one lung. I have also been asked by her Cardiologist to chart her bedtime oxygen saturations to see what they are doing. He is considering putting her on oxygen during the 12 hours she sleeps at night (yes, we are blessed with two VERY good Chinese sleepers). The oxygen will give Lily's body 12 hours a day of relief from low oxygen saturations, and the ill effects that these cause long term.
This visit was so different from all of the other clinic visits we have had over the past 11 months. Our discussions were focused on pallaiative care, and how to help Lily live comfortably and maximize her time left with us. Typically, we are discussing surgery options and how to "fix" and "repair" Lily's heart. Over the next few months we are going to be discussing Lily's options for a heart/lung transplant with several nearby transplant hospitals. The consensus so far is that her chances of getting a heart lung transplant is about as likely as winning the lottery for #1 her to even get one and #2 for her to survive the transplant. LOTS to pray and ponder because the last time I checked, the lottery was nothing to our God!
After the hospital radiologist gave Lily a tooting Pumba
(during her long stay),
she gets an absolute kick out of this guy!
Although Lily is Chinese and Dora is Hispanic,
the resemblance is remarkable!
As we were leaving the Clinic office, Lily sang "Jesus Loves Me" at the top of her lungs while twirling herself out the door. The Cardiologist turned to me and said, "Lily is the most healthy looking, very sick child I have ever seen". I was not really sure how to respond, until I got to the car and it hit me. ..
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.