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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Saturday 5am update

Gabriella has slept most of the night.

I laid down by her and we fell asleep a little past 11p. She woke up for a bit at 1a and started choking on her saliva and threw up. She fell back asleep but went through the same again at about 330a. The second time I was by her again and had the suction handy. She started to get extremely lethargic and was not nodding her head when we asked her things.

Since her swallow is weak, and we are still unsure if she is swallowing all of her saliva, they decided to put in an NG tube to drain her belly as it accumulates bile, and give her zofran to relieve the nausea. This will prevent her from puking it up and possibly aspirating it. She perked up a bit after the zofran kicked in. She doesn't want me to sleep by her now so I am curled up at the foot of her bed.

I am anxious to see what Saturday holds for my princess. Our prayers have been constant all night, as have so many of yours. We are extremely grateful.


Suzy said...

Constantly thinking of you all and praying with all my might.

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Kristi, I have not stopped thinking of and praying for you guys and Gabriella since we found out yesterday. I know people around the world are lifting her up in prayer. Thank you for taking the time to keep us updated so that we know better how to pray. My heart aches with you. Praying, praying, praying.

Mary Ellen said...

Sending prayers for Gabriella. Stay strong Momma ((hugs))

Jules said...

Oh Kristi, I prayed so long and hard last night for your sweet girl and strength for your family. We all love you so much.

The Simmons Family said...

Poor thing. I'm sure it was aweful watching the NG go down. I'm glad the Zofran helped. Keep us posted and we continue to pray.

Anonymous said...


My name is Chip Denief, you & I are mutual friends with Traci Stillman Bertjens. She had asked me to pray for little Gabriella quite a long time ago, when you discovered her heart condition. (I am a minister in KY, and a high school friend of Traci)
I just wanted you to know that I have shared her name/condition as a prayer request with so many Christian friends & congregations who faithfully pray for her. My wife & I pray for Gabriella & for you & your husband every single day.
Please let me know if I may be of any assistance in any way. I am on facebook as well, so if you request me as a friend, I can send you my contact info.
God bless.
Chip Denief

Amy said...

We know Gabriella from church (Amadeo Church) she is in the same class as my daughter Ella and she came to VBS with Kara so we got to know her a little more. I am encouraged by your are truly a testimony of God's power. I can't imagine how I would get through something like this. It is evident that God has his arms wrapped around you and I am sure that is what helps keep Gabriella strong also. We are praying for Gabriella's healing and strength for your entire family (we also have a 2 year old son and he would be very confused if any of his sissy's were going through something like this). We will continue to pray!
Amy Hoover

April Bryant said...

Praying for your princess.


Anonymous said...

did you get the results back for the MRI?

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with Gabriella. I know God has the ultimate healing power and will restore her mind and body. I shared her story at Bible study last night and we spent special time in prayer for her.

Emily Vallejo

AnotherDreamer said...

Thinking of you all.