Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sparkly heart update #11

Gabriella is extubated!

And smiling! She's only been back 9hours!!

We woke up and got ready. As we were walking into the hospital, the nurse called to tell me they had just extubated her and she was crying!

She is on 11 meds right now and having a hive reaction to the IVIG so they added more benadryl. She's asking "I want hot tea, my heart hurts"... Sweet girl! She has drank and eaten ice chips and even smiled as you can see in her picture. She's been talking to me and even had a dream PJ stole her ice chips.

She's a fighter. Some people's heroes are over 6ft tall, wearing logos and costumes and use super powers. Mine is 45.75in tall and curly haired with a sparkly heart.

I love her so much. I can't even fathom how much more God could love her than I do, but he does.

More updates as the day goes on. No cell phones so I'll post when I sneak out.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for Gabriella and all of you. I will be keeping everyone in my prayers!!
Katie

Comfypjs said...

Just beautiful! Wish I could give her a hug ♥♥

Auntie M said...

Congratualations to your entire family! Praying for a speady healing & that her body receives this new gift with no issues.

Grace said...

She looks AMAZING!!

Disneyfan said...

Tears of joy. That's all I can say. I'm so happy for your family!

The Simmons Family said...

Sweet Gabriella.. keep fighting sweetie.. you look so great!!

grayson said...

Amazing! So sweet and blessed.

The Ruter Family said...

Your update brought tears of joy, I am so happy for all of you!

The Erickson Family said...

I am a friend of a friend up in Oregon and want you to know how thrilled I am to hear of G's surgery and the outcome so far! Just wonderful news! I have been praying for you for several months now and will continue to do so!

Heather said...

She looks fantastic! I'll order her up the biggest cup of ice chips I can find! xoxo

Anonymous said...

What a miracle! All of TFS is praying for Gabriella and watching for updates every hour!! Please send all of our love and tell her to keep up the fight!!

Debbie Heffley said...

your daughter's story has truly touched me. As a mother of a 4 yr. old daughter,I can't even fathom what you are feeling and going through. I am so happy that she received her sparkly heart!! She deserves it...I can see she is truly a fighter. My thoughts and prayers go out to your little girl and your family!!
Debbie Heffley

Teri said...

I just learned of Gabriella's story last night via Kristine McCormick (Cora's Story). As a CHD warrior and stroke survivor myself, I know a little bit of what y'all are going through. Your sweet princess is in my prayers; as are you, your husband, and the medical team assigned to take care of Gabriella.
Please let me know if there is anything your family needs.
Heart & Stroke hugs to you and sweet Gabriella!!
Teri Benson
Elk Grove, CA
minnieweasel@gmail.com

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

What a beautiful sight- so happy to see this update!!!

Mindy said...

What a tough tough little girl you have ! I cant even imagine going through that surgery and waking up 9 hours later smiling . Amazing. Hang in there too mom and dad and brother !

McClellan Family said...

Gabriella I am so excited for your new sparkly heart! I have been a quiet follower at which i hope you don't mind. Your story is just amazing. you are so courageous. I wish you a speedy recovery.

cici said...

I am still in awe of this miracle!
God Bless little Gabriella and her Donor family.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Gods gifts are great. I have followed and prayed for your sweet daughter for over a year.Thank you so much for sharing your story. I want to let you know I shared your Blog and her story on my FaceBook and have many people praying for her up in Minnesota. Get some rest and will keep praying for you all. Brenda unzen

Becky said...

Kristi, it has been a long time since I have seen or even talked to you but this morning I found myself totally amazed by what your little princess and your family have been through. I spent the morning going through your past blogs and found myself on several occasions in tears as I read about your daughter and how strong she is. I work as an RN on an adult neuro floor and see every day the struggles patients have post stroke. It never once really crossed my mind that little kiddos would have to fight the same battles that bring my adult patients to the brink of loosing it. And the stroke was only part of what your daughter is fighting. You are such an inspiration and I wanted to let you know that you are a wonderful mother and someday 20 years from now Gabriella is going to look back on this whole ordeal and YOU will be her hero! I am soo happy to have been introduced to your daughters story today on such as special day for her and you. Instead of being a story with an uncertian path, you guys have a new lease on life with your daughter. While not through the thick of it yet, this is a huge step in the right direction. I wish you the best and look foward to seeing how Gabriella and her sparkly new heart grow strong. God bless you all!
Becky Gericke (Powers)

Stefenie said...

What wonderful news to hear that Gabriella has received her new heart and is doing well enough to be extubated.

Praying that each day gets easier and her recovery is a smooth one!

Praying for the donor family who chose during their time of loss to give such a precious gift.

Stef
www.whenlifehandsyouabrokenheart.blogspot.com

Jenalei Lee said...

You have one little fighter there. I can't believe she was extubated so soon. I hope she continues to do well.

BTW I have been "stalking" you guys for some time. I don't think I have ever commented before, but I keep you guys and many other heart kidos in my thoughts and prayers. I can't imagine what you guys go through from a day to day basis.

Aimee Hardy said...

Congratulations on her new heart. What a miracle and blessing. Our prayers are with your family for a swift and uneventful recovery.

Aimee
Mom to Jack, HLHS, 22 months old

Anonymous said...

I have been following your posts since last year and am rejoicing in this precious princess and the miracle that our Lord has provided for her. I live in the next town from Loma Linda,in Redlands, about 10 minutes away. If you need anything, don't hesitate to e-mail me iammarla09@aol.com, or call my cell 909-809-4318. I would be so honored to help in any way possible. I have known Jennifer Palmer since she was a little girl, and have followed Gabriella's progress thru her posts. My name is Marla Sturtevant. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you....Praise the Lord!!!!

Anonymous said...

KRISTI!!! I have CHILLS seeing her!! Reading about her miracle is bringing tears to my eyes! We will continue to pray for this awesome princesita! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!

Katie, Alex, Adi and Ana Adan

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