Thank you for visiting.
No return of seizure activity.
No blisters from being taken out of isolette and "held' by mommy for 2 hours yesterday. YAY!
Dr. Metz (pediatric dermatologist -UCI Medical Center) has seen photos of Bella and is now in the consultation loop.
We trying again this afternoon for Bella to be held by mommy.
Bella was still too agitated at 22:00 from afternoon activity to be held again last night.
Bella has to be medicated/sedated with morphine to prevent her from moving around too much and exacerbating her existing wounds and blisters. This leaves her too sedated to try to feed orally.
Tx team is considering feeding tube, but her condition may affect her esophagus and a tube going down it may trigger blisters in her esophagus.
Angelique is recovering like a CHAMP!!! Doing really well. She is truly rallying so she can spend as much time at CHOC with Bella as her body will allow being less than 3 days post-op. She reads bed time stories and poems to Bella so that Bella can hear mommy's voice.
Ang will be discharged from St. Joseph's tomorrow.
Tim is practicing NICU music therapy on his daughter. He completed his NICU MT Certification training in Florida in February having no idea he would need to use it on his then in-utero daughter 3 months later. The staff in the NICU, from the residents, fellows, nurses, and even head of neonatologists are responding extremely positively to overall effect on NICU environment, morale of staff, and other families present. Silver lining?
Ali stayed dry for her fifth night in a row last night, locking in a celebration party for her in the near future. She paints and colors pictures for her baby sister and visits her daily. Grandma is staying with her at her home (thank you Grandma!)
Thank you for visiting this site. This is going to be the clearing house for updates and information on Bella. Words cannot describe the intensity of this experience, and while the intention is appreciated, phone calls are not welcomed at this time. Please send emails or post to the site. If we need something, TRUST US, we will call you. Otherwise, please send positive thoughts, affirmations, and most of all, PRAYERS that Bella somehow can come through this beginning unscathed and perhaps even live a normal life.
We love you, we know you love us, and appreciate your care very much. We are blessed beyond belief to have so much love and support in our life that we even need to set this website up. It is a "problem" we are grateful to have!
Blessings, Tim & Ang