|Monica stopped by Friday to soothe Anaya's neck.|
The morning dawned early. Anaya was choking and sputtering. The entire night she had been so thick and gurgley. She was so wet yesterday that just before bed I gave her a drop of atropine to dry up her secretions. It was a huge mistake. I thought I was doing a good thing, because she was having such a hard time, choking on the excess saliva. But it reacted badly and all the junk in her lungs got even more stuck. Her breath was so bubbley, her chest rattled and she struggled to cough, but couldn't. It was a nightmare. I was up with her for hours, suctioning deep into her throat to get the thick white and yellow mucous.
Six am came. I gathered Anaya in my arms and carried her, and the suction machine downstairs.
Her papa was sleeping on the couch. "Brent, can you take care of Anaya so that I can sleep for a few hours?"
"Mmmhmmm..." He said. He stood and stretched. I helped to set Anaya up on the tilted surface of the wedge, head down. I was hoping the mucous would drain from her airway and out of her mouth. Brent sat next to her on the floor. I went upstairs to bed. My head throbbed and my neck was so tight and ucomfortable that I had trouble finding a comfortable position on the pillow. Eventually I fell fast asleep. I awoke around nine thirty, opening my eyes to a bright and sunny day. Immediately I thought of Anaya downstairs. I jumped up, put in my contact lenses and flew downstairs to see how she was.
"Is she okay?" I asked. Brent looked up. His blue eyes were tired and concerned. I knelt down and put my hand on her chest. I felt her lungs expanding and contracting. I looked at her color, I kissed her cheek. Brent placed his hand on my shoulder. I looked up at him.
"Good morning" He said, smiling.
"Good morning" I smiled back. Anaya seemed much better. The mucous had started to drain, she was much less thick. Her breathing was much easier. She slept. Admittedly she was upside-down, but she was sound asleep. I sat down on the couch and opened my computer. I checked the Anaya Initiative Facebook page and my e-mail. At that point a nurse named Meghan arrived. and we talked about her possibly working with Anaya.
She was young, tan and cheerful. She knelt down beside Anaya and touched her. We spoke about Anaya's key care needs, and how we like to give Anaya the best life experience possible. I explained that although she has severe pneumonia right now, I have faith that she is going to overcome it. Meghan liked the idea of working with Anaya and told me she is available three days a week. I told her that nothing was certain yet, as we are still working on getting government funding for independant nursing. We agreed that we would submit her resume to Anaya's lawyer and work on getting something set up. If it is at all possible I know that Jennifer Williams can do it.
Meghan left. I lay Anaya on the couch beside me. Setting my computer in my lap I began searching for techniques that could be used to help bring the phlem out of Anaya's lungs. Brent brought me coffee from the kitchen. Oh, coffee. Nothing like Nelson Freshly roasted OSO Negro coffee. If you've never had it let me know and I can help you get some. Oh sweet heavens. Dark. Deep. Delicious. Smokey. mmmmmmmmhhmmmmm. If I have to leave Nelson I usually try to remember to bring some with me so that I'm not stuck with weak, tasteless stuff that other people call coffee. If you like Starbucks coffee you'd like OSO better.
I gave Anaya some percussion on her back and chest and suctioned the yuckies out of her mouth. I admired the pink and blond braid I plaited into Anaya's hair. I posted it on facebook for everyone to see. It made me smile. I got a text from my friend Amelia, she asked if she could do anything to help today. I messaged back "Do you know any amazing massage people? Anaya's neck and shoulders are spasming and seem very painful." She messaged back that her friend Jill would be calling me. It wasn't long before Jill showed up at the door.
Jill was a kindred healing spirit. Her presence was calming and beautiful. She massaged Anaya and I took this picture. My little love sighed and bubbled. She was so wet, but at least it was coming out. I placed a diaper under her face to catch the dribbles. A receiving blanket is not enough anymore to soak up the drool. During the massage some really thick mucous came out. Thank God. I'm so glad that the guck is breaking up in her lungs. To me it means she is getting better. I checked her temperature with my lips. Kissing her head I noticed that her body temperature was perfect. Not too hot. Not too cold. Jill finished and was about to leave when she asked how I was. I told her how my head had been aching for days, my neck hurt and I have been so stressed out, tired and emotional. She pulled up a chair and told me to rest my head against Anaya's changetable. I leaned forward and held Anaya's hand. Jill massaged my shoulders and my neck. It was amazing. I'm so glad that she is coming back again tomorrow. Anaya and I both benefited so much from it.
I did some work on my computer, staying near her to suction her and soothe her. Brent ran out to get groceries and go to the drug store for me. Solara played in her room with her Lego. She's a lego fiend.
I wrote out an email to all of Anaya's angels that have ever helped us out. I asked for financial support. I asked everyone to help out just a little bit so that I can stay with my baby. I swallowed my pride and sent it. Shortly after that Solara came downstairs and said "What am I going to do?" I suggested she help me make dinner, seems as how Anaya was doing alright. We put Anaya in the wagon and wheeled her into the kitchen. I taught Solara how to make pork schnitzle.
Here is the Wild Leaf Recipe for Pork Schnitzle for 3:
6 thin small boneless porkchops
3 tablespoons dijon mustard
1tsp garlic salt
1tbsp Keg steak spice
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cups bread crumbs
1/4 cup frying oil
Mix the mustard, eggs, and spices in a shallow dish. Hammer the pork chop with a meat mallet until you get all your stress out and the chop is paper thin. Dip meat in mustard sauce, then lay the meat on the breadcrumbs, patting it lightly. Flip it over to coat the other side. Do all chops.
Heat the oil on medium heat in a frying pan until it reaches a sizzle when you place a drop of water in it. Fry each schnitzle for about 3 minutes a side. Place cooked schnitzle in 200 degree oven while frying the rest of them.
And that's It! Delicious! Solara did a magnificent job. We also ate veggies and leftover rice with it, but Sola's Schnitzle was the hit.
Anaya is sleeping soundly in her wagon still. I should check on her again now and change her diaper. After that it will be time to give her the steroid nebulizer full of muco-mist, ventolin and pulmocourt and give her some more chest physio (upside down chest thumping with a strategy)
Here's to a beautiful and miraculous day. Anaya seems to be winning. Please pray for her, or just give her a mental hug full of love. Thank you.
P.S - I'm sorry for making everyone cry yesterday. I'll try to write some more positive posts.