Linda wanted me to post some pictures she took of Victoria with her sister's IPod. We (Bruce and the rest ) had a nice trip home yesterday. We certainly miss our girls , but know that they are in good hands.
Thanks for all your comments and prayers...even from those we do not know yet...so encouraging. If anyone wants to send mail to Linda or Victoria, they can at:
Gillette children's Speciality Healthcare
200 University Ave. E.
St. Paul, MN 55101
PICU. Victoria Mitton
Did you notice the little tube in the top of Victoria's turban? That is draining her CSF for the time being.
Also, there has been a huge drop in Victoria's CRP count. This is a good indication that the infection is finally being dealt with effectively. She has had a gassy tummy today some of the time...but this is to be expected after two surgeries. (Thanks, Daniel for the technical tips! : ) )
Wires, wires, tubes and wires...what are all of those things for?? The thin wires that you see are to monitor Victoria's heartbeat and respirations. . The big clear tube with the blue and green connectors on it is the ventilator.
Just below the ventilator, you can see clear tubing from one of her I.V.s. Up on her shoulder, you can see the two ports which are connected to her 'central line'...they are just laying on top of her left shoulder, as they are not being used at the moment. The drainage tube for CSF is sticking out of the top of the white gauze on her head. That is what you can see in the photo. Along with what you can see, she also has a blood pressure cuff on her right calf, she had another IV in her right arm (but they took it out today, because it had stopped working), an ng tube, and an nj tube, an oximeter (to measure oxygen level) on her big toe, and LOTS of tape to keep it all in place.