Thursday, January 10, 2013

Admitted to ICU

Gabrielle was admitted to the ICU this afternoon and put on high flow (55% and 8 litres of pressure).   We finally got an NPW and it came back showing that Gabrielle has Influenza A.  She is very sick.  We started her on some dexamethasone to help with the inflammation in her lungs and some nose sprays to help her breath easier through her nose. The high flow has allowed her to sleep and regular doses of Tylenol are keeping her relatively comfy.  She had an EEG done this afternoon, and she is having seizures, so she was put on seizure medication which should kick in fairly soon.  I don't know if this will be a regular thing or if it was brought on by the flu and will dissipate when she's better.  Time will tell.

I am so proud of my girl.  The high flow gave her some relief and allowed her to sleep comfortably which allowed her to be more alert.  I was so relieved to see her smile and play later on in the day.  She is so strong.

There are some superstars in my family that I am so grateful (besides Gabrielle and Regan).  Thanks to my mom who had to teach Jonathan how to feed from a bottle all day today as I raced out the door at 6 am to get to the hospital.  Jonathan has never fed from a bottle and won't take a soother so my mom had a big job today!  Jonathan proves to be as determined and stubborn as the rest of the Ross kids and barely ate all day but Grandma Jane persevered.  I think tomorrow will be the day:)

Thank you for all the emails, thoughts and prayers.  I know they helped.

I pray for a restful and peaceful sleep for my baby girl.


Daddy's girl - their bond is indescribable


  1. Thinking of you all and sending my positive thoughts and prayers for Gabrielle's recovery. She is such a strong spirit. Love Lesley

  2. So glad Gabrielle was able to get some sleep. Hoping her oxygen requirements and pressure can be reduced and she can start to feel better. Thinking about you guys all the time. Antonella xx

  3. Thanks everyone for your encouraging words over the past several days... and weeks too. Gabby's on 8L of high flow oxygen (at 55% concentration) and hovering low 90's. Thankfully the ventalin nebs are keeping things manageable through the night.

    And Amy, did you have to post the picture where Gabby looks like she's getting unplugged from the Matrix?

  4. Praying for Gabby and for all of you. Hopeful the seizures were brought on by the flu. Sending hugs to all of you and Grandma Jane!
    with love from Amber's Grammy (Schuyler's mom)