Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Gabrielle in I.C.U. (But Doing Better)

Around midnight last night the doctors at BC Children's moved Gabrielle from the oncology ward to the intensive care unit (ICU) as she was working too much to get oxygen into her body. The doctors/nurses in ICU set Gabrielle up on "high-flow" oxygen and, while she's still taking roughly 60 breaths a minute, she is improving.

Amy spent the night with her and took these pictures this morning.

Gabrielle, 10:00am, Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

To help her lungs absorb oxygen, Gabrielle was administered Ventolin every 1 - 2 hours yesterday and into the night. The upside is that these help her breathing, the downside is they make her irritable and keep her awake when she needs sleep so badly. The picture below made my day.

Gabrielle catching up on much-needed rest in the ICU.
12:00pm, Tuesday, June 14th, 2011.

We love you Gabrielle. Hang in there!


  1. we're pulling for you, sweet little niece. cant wait to see you home again

  2. That high flow will slow down the respirations and allow her to rest.....I personally have a ton of experience with it and think it's a God send....love to you guys...please email or anything if you want to know more about high flow...or high flow at home....

  3. Tara, so happy to hear you and Amy connected on the phone today. Awesome. And thanks for your advice re. Gabrielle, the doctors definitely like hearing what worked/didn't from all the other families. You guys rock, and yes, snowboarding is in order.