I want you to know that I had very little to do with the strong character and faith that Tricia has...most of that credit needs to go to Tricia's parents (and siblings and childhood friends). Tricia was 99% the person she is today when I met her 7 years ago. That seems to be a theme with both adopted kids and CFers.
As I read the comments and other blogs, it occurs to me that most of you who seem to have fallen in love with Tricia have done so while she's been sleeping, having never known her...I can't imagine what you're going to do when you actually get to meet her after she wakes.
This morning in Tricia's room, as our church family in Nags Head was worshiping together, Agnes, Gabby (Tricia's best friend) sang the same songs that they were singing as I played my guitar...one of the best worship experiences of my life.
Tricia is becoming more responsive every day, which means she's doing better on the vent and needing less sedatives. I am able to have short conversations with her by asking her yes and no questions. She's opening her eyes more, and even communicating when she wants/needs something.
She is definitely aware of Gwyneth...this morning, as I was telling her that I was going to go see the baby again, and that I wanted her to wake soon so I could show her pictures and video, she suddenly frowned and looked about to cry, knowing that she was not going to be able to see the baby for a while...I have to tell you that almost broke my heart. I lost it right there...our nurse saw it as well and was tearing up a little. I can't wait until she wakes up!
Gwyneth was taken off the UV light (which was fighting off Jaundice). The only times I've seen her under normal lighting is when the nurses are working on her. No more "goggles" either. I sat for a long time, just watching her sleep...she moves her face all around, wiggling her ears, and scrunching her forehead. It's beautiful.
She may be off of the vent in just a few days, which means I'll be one step closer to holding her. That will be a beautiful moment.
Here are some specific prayer requests for the next few days:
> To continue responding well while being weaned off the vent and sedatives.
> NO Infections!
> Patience as I think she's consciously ready to wake up and learn what the rest of the world has been doing.
> That she will poop soon...I know, I said "poop". It's not uncommon for preemies to go a while without pooping, but it needs to happen before they can give her a feeding tube, which she needs to really begin growing.
> That her blood work for the CF screening will come back negative.
> That her PDA will close soon.
> That she will be free from any difficulties.
Next Sunday is Sanctity of Human Life day. This year, this day will mean something incredible to myself and our families. I'll write more on this later.
To answer a question, yes...I am wearing my highly comfortable orange Fila's.
This is the one thing I have to look forward to when I go home at night (Thanks Meka):