Thursday, January 8, 2009

And the Winner Is -Take 2

Unfortunately for Wendy, I never heard from her...fortunately for all of you, I had to pick a new winner of my Blog Candy for a Cause II. I cannot leave it open forever and if I don't get the goodies out of my house, I am going to be tempted to use them myself...I mean seriously, did you see what I have in front of me! Anyway, drum roll please..........the new winner of the Blog Candy for a Cause II is:

Marsha Sutton of Stafford, TX

Congrats Marsha! I can't wait to send you the loot...if you need a reminder again of that loot see my original winner's post HERE. Please contact me by Monday, January 12 to give me your mailing address...and like we have already seen, if I am not contacted, I will have to pull yet another winner.

While I am here, I thought I would pass along the latest with Francesca. They actually had her off of the ventilator for over 12 hours! Unfortunately, she was put back on, but the fact that she was off for a bit was incredible! So keep praying that they can get her off and keep her off of the ventilator soon!

Posted on 1/7/09:
"Hello Family and Friends,

Francesca has had a few very busy days, with lots of tests and consults. Overall, her test results have been good, with a few small bumps along the way. She has continued to be quite uncomfortable at times, as she goes through withdrawal from her sedation medications.

The main focus over the past few days has been weaning down the ventilator settings. Francesca took a giant step forward today, as she was taken off the ventilator around 10:30 this morning. She has had difficult periods during the day since being extubated, but she was still off the ventilator at 10:00 this evening, which is just amazing to us!! However, she was having to work quite hard to breathe tonight, so the doctors and nurses have cautioned us, that there is a chance that Francesca will have to be re-intubated (and thus, put back on the ventilator). It sounds like this is a very common thing, to try going off the ventilator, but then needing to go back on. We are just waiting to see what Francesca needs at this time, and we will go from there.

Francesca continues to grow more and more adorable every day. We are so thankful for the wonderful doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists at Children’s Hospital, who take such good care of our little angel…and we are so thankful for the support of our family and friends. Francesca is such a fighter, please continue to keep her in your prayers."

Posted on 1/8/09:
"Hello Everyone……

We just wanted to post a quick update about the beautiful Francesca. Last night she was struggling to breath and her blood gases were pretty bad so this morning the doctors decided to put her back on the ventilator. Francesca is now doing better and resting comfortably. They will most likely give it a few days and try again.

Thank you for all your support and prayers for Our Sweet Francesca."


retiredheather said...

Good news on Francesca. I hope her parents are doing OK. I am still very proud to have been a part of her life in a very small way. If Marsha doesn`t get a hold of you, just sent the stuff over to me...I will love each and every piece of it.

Giovana said...

Thank God for Francesca improvings.
Wow, I wish I could get all the wonderful Candy, LOL.

God bless you

Laurie in MN said...

I hope you were able to visit Maureen and Ron and see dear Francesca. Francesca is alert and making great eye contact in the picture where she is being held by Maureen.
The medications she is being weaned from can really slow the system. I pray she will be able to start breathing deeply on her own once the meds are out of her system.

Anonymous said...

It is so good to see new pix of Francesca!! She looks wonderful, and so much more alert. I am sure her parents are so happy and thankful. Please continue to keep us updated, I don't think I will ever forget to check-up on her, and continue to pray for her. Linda

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