Today has been a mixture of emotions beginning with disappointment and followed by unexpected delight. Brian called early this morning as he was beginning his work day, and I informed him that both Drake and Kennedy were doing well and it had been a calm night. Shortly after our conversation, Kennedy had a Brady. Our nurse rushed in to assist her and it wasn't long before Kennedy's heart rate resumed normal range. This was her only episode of the day, but the effects trickle into the days to come. Our very much anticipated trip home with her will now be postponed. The rules are 5 days Brady free in order to be released. Assuming she does not have any future incidents over the weekend, she will now be released on Tuesday. This was heartbreaking for us because we have been eagerly awaiting taking her home this weekend. Now her discharge will fall during the work week and Brian will not be able to join us. These 4 month shots have been difficult on our baby girl. Not only did they cause her Brady, but she has spiked a fever twice today. I am thankful to be here in the hospital where the shots are spaced out over 3 days, and we have immediate medical assistance should it be needed.
Our afternoon faired much better in the news department. The hearing screener arrived back to do Drake's test. We had been warned by the neonatologist not to be surprised if he didn't pass the screening. She said they would perform the hearing screening three separate times here at the hospital and then they would send us to an auditory specialist. As you know, we have already been told by the neurologist that his hearing, vision and motor skills will all be effected from the stroke he suffered. We also went into this knowing that the diuretics used restart his kidney function can cause hearing loss, too. As I held my sweet sleeping boy in my arms, the screener performed the test. With each minute that passed, I prepared myself for the results. To my delight, she informed me that we were finished and he passed in both ears. I actually had her repeat the results. Hooray! I scurried to my phone so that I could share my enthusiasm with Brian. Another 1st down for Team Drake!