Goodnight Kisses

This little girl gave us a scare today.

She stopped breathing while she was sleeping at church, and we had to thump her heart, and she threw up some but didn’t cry, and was purple as anything.

I raced out with her to the car to drive her to the hospital, paging her pulmonologist and pediatrician. They said to keep her at home on her equipment and oxygen while they talk to cardiologist, but to bring her by ambulance if she desats again while on oxygen.

They think maybe it was an aspiration incident since she threw up, but maybe not because she was asleep and it wasn’t right after eating.

We will do X-rays and meet with the whole team in the morning to be sure her lungs aren’t starting pneumonia.

Their other theory is that she is “developing” which means an illness is about to present itself, like symptoms showing up before they know what she has. That’s what happened in Cincinnati, except she never developed anything.

A third theory is that her sleep study was too good because she was on oxygen during part of it, and so maybe it was worse than they thought and needs to be done over again.

I don’t know.

I only know that we made it one more day, barely, and I thank my Father for it.


About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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