First of all, these are the two wonderful surgeons that operated on Mia. I can't say enough about them! They are amazing! They avoided me in the CICU because they knew how my heart raced when they came around. Dr. Permit (on right) would cover his face when he walked past our room, trying not to disappoint me. When I first saw them after the surgery and gave them huge hugs- I had to restrain myself from trying to pick them up. That might have been a little strange for them- but with how I felt I am sure I could of at least got their feet off the ground! It takes a unique person to go to school for EVER and spend their days saving lives.
I just wanted to show how many drugs are running through my tiny little girl. Some of these are just maintenance fluids, but it is A LOT of medicine. They have to concentrate her meds to keep her fluids low enough. Notice the IV pole overflow (the pump at the very bottom). She also has two pumps next to her warmer- some of these will be gone in the next couple days. They just removed the wires from her heart... it feels so great to have things OUT!
Mia has beeen wide awake- I can't believe it! Last night she was awake for hours just looking around. She is feeling much better and spending a lot of time looking around- LOVE IT! This is probably the last pic you'll see of her with the ventilator. Yep, you heard me right, they are weaning it, and it should be gone by tomorrow. Yay Mia!!
Ok- many of you have asked me where I was when I found out. Well, you'll just have to wait! JUST KIDDING.
I was in Mia's room- suctioning yucky stuff out of her mouth(I think she knew her angel heart was coming) when I got the call. It went something like this:
Unit Coordinator: Is Mia's mom in the room?
UC: May I transfer a call back?
Me: Of course....
Phone: ring, ring
Kelly: (transplant coordinator): Hi mimi, it's Kelly
Me: Oh Hi. (at this point I couldn't think of who kelly was- they know not to call me unless they were calling with good news ;-).
Kelly: One of the transplant coordinators.
Me: Hi- (Heart stopped beating.)
Kelly: I just wanted to let you know that we accepted a heart for Mia.
Me: REALLY? Immediate sobbing!
Kelly: Yes, we did. (at this point she said something else, but I couldn't hear anything).
Me: Ok, ok, ok, ok, ok, ok (in a panicked voice)
Me: REALLY? Still sobbing.
Kelly: Well, I have a lot of calls to make but I will call you back soon.
Me: Ok, ok, ok, ok, ok oh, oh... THANK YOU... ok ok, THANK YOU, ok ok ok, Bye.
Then I hung up the phone and ran to the nurse hyperventilating. She wasn't quite sure what had happened because I had been shaking my head and sobbing like I was really sad or something. When I told her "Mia got her heart" she hugged me tighter and we just cried for awhile. Did I mention I LOVE the nurses. Mia has been here for so long that they all have pet names for her. This nurse calls her "moma" it is so sweet. When Mia is sad she will say, "oh, I know moma, I know moma." Some of the nurses just love her like she was their own. I need to get a picture of her because she was the one with me for the experience that I have been daydreaming about for what seems like forever. My cell phone was in my car, so I borrowed the unit coordinators and started running through the hospital. My sister Nat had been here all day and had just barely left- I called her after I called John and she came right back. I called my mom, and went back to her room to stare at her until I was able to hold her. It was the most magical night! I will never forget how I felt- it was incredible.