Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Becca's Challenges

Two days ago our little Becca had to go to the hospital for some surgery.  She is having trouble breathing and the doctors wanted to take out her tonsils and adenoids to open up her airways.  This is pretty common for kids with Rhett’s so, even though there was some anxiety, we really weren’t that worried.

Brian and Paula stayed up with their sweetheart on Sunday night and we had Katie with us for a wonderful sleep-over at ‘Grandma’s.  Monday evening Paula felt comfortable enough to come to our place so she could get a few hours rest.  So what happens?  Just as she is going to bed we received a call from Brian that she needed to come back to the hospital.  I couldn’t hear the conversation but Teresa heard “life support” so we knew something big was happening.

I took Paula back up (Teresa wasn’t feeling well and didn’t want to contribute to any more problems) and we found, what seemed to be, every doctor in the hospital hanging out around Becca’s bed.

Working feverishly to get a line in.  They were so patient and careful with our little sweetie.

These guys really work hard.  At one time I counted 11 doctors and nurses in the room with Becca.

Such a sweet little girl--- and a big bed.  Those are EEG connections on her head (under the bandages) not something wrong with her head.

Apparently she had stopped breathing and her left lung had collapsed from the stress of the day.  There were lots of other things but they all seemed to conspire to appear at the same time in one little lady.  It was pretty tense for a few hours but by the time I left (about 1 am) things were pretty stable.  Brian and Paula decided to stay the night (big surprise) and neither slept much but things seem much better this morning.

We really appreciate the good doctors at Primary Children’s Medical Center!!! They were helpful, considerate and forthcoming with information like we normally don’t see in a hospital.  In fact, one of the nurses encouraged the family to watch and provide input if they felt it appropriate.  They recognize the family knows this little angel better than most others and can see things that others might not. 

Tragedy has been averted and progress is being made.  As Brian said last night, this is just the first in many such experiences with Becca as she and her family work with the challenges she has been given.  But we love her so much that it is not a burden for us – just a worry for her welfare.  Please keep her in your prayers over the next few days (and more if you remember). 

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