We have spent quite a bit of time at Gilbert Mercy in the last couple of weeks… First our dear friend was admitted for a few days, so collectively we made a few trips to see her. This hospital has such a special place in our hearts… Walking in the evening she was admitted I snapped a few pictures

 

Mercy Gilbert... A beautiful place

 

Mercy Gilbert... Sunset by the healing garden...

 

We drive by all the time and Joey is quick to point out that this is Jody and Julianna’s hospital. There is sense of peace for me personally, it’s like going to visit an old friend. Obviously these were taken with my phone and I am far from a photographer or anything spectacular, but the building offers a certain amount of peace for me.

Mercy… Second…

The week before last Julianna developed a little cough, one of which we thought nothing of. We had multiple weeks of illness and she had come out unaffected. That Saturday we needed a little peace of mind so we went over to Urgent care only to leave with the dreaded treatment of “Just keep doing what you’re doing”. Just what we expected, but hey we are not being nutty over protective paranoids.  We were just being proactive. Sunday she had gotten a little worse but nothing crazy, just a more prominent cough, a little bit of vomiting. We though the cold was running its course, she never developed a fever.

Sunday night we got little sleep, waking up tending to Little Miss. Then Monday morning as I was getting ready she started vomiting. It was so awful, I cleaned her up then moments later she was vomiting to the point where she could not breath.  I was absolutely horrified!  Joe and I were figuring out our treatment plan, when she started again, vomiting and gasping for air. In the moments she had so much yuck and struggled breathing Joe said “we have to call 911”. As a mom, I am thinking “Wow they are going to think we are dumb.” We jumped in to the car and drove over as fast as we could to Gilbert Mercy… Joe let Little Miss and I out at the ER and we ran in.

Within moments of standing at the area to check in, the gal behind the counter looked past the people standing in line in front of us and said “You need to get that baby back here.” And it all began…

In the car we debated go to Cardon’s Children’s or to Gilbert Mercy. Obviously we ended up where we should have been. Within 15 minutes it was confirmed she had phenomena, we had a great set of ER nurses. The doctor was right on top of everything…. We apologized for being sensitive as the tears flowed. As parents we were so afraid. When the doctor came to talk to us about Julianna, he told us her oxygen levels were too low, she would need to be admitted.

We spent three days in the pediatric unit at Gilbert Mercy… Again our experience was as wonderful as it could be. Julianna had loving nurses, who were kind and caring. The respiratory therapists were equally amazing. Not to mention that we had Dr. Darden. She was just wonderful when Julianna was born and again when she saw her over the three days we were there.  Towards the end of our stay, one of the nurses who was caring for her told us “You know most of the nurses want to keep her”.  Nice offer, but we have the right of refusal and we decided to keep her.

Julianna remained in good spirits throughout our stay; only the first day was taxing in terms of her not feeling well at all. Here are a few pictures of her…

 

She smiles when she is feeling bad...

Ms. Debbie came by every 4 hours for CPT or what we called a back massage!

 

This is her buddy Ted... He was waiting for her in the room when we were transfered. Ted is as big as she is!!!

Julianna and Joe... She is mighty cute!

Meet Marty... A precious little guy from the Dominguez family... She loves him!!!

 

Prayers answered…

We are just 13 days away from Jody’s 2nd heavenly birthday. It is amazing that it has been two years since he was with us. There are moments when I sit and reflect on our time with him. It seems like yesterday we were with him. I can close my eyes and remember the softness of his skin. I could relive rubbing on his little feet, the softest feet I have ever felt in my life.

Just last week we were talking about Jody’s tree. We had yet to see any sign of life, last Saturday G&G T called to chat about replanting… We decided we would give it a few weeks and see…

Yesterday I nearly fell over when I saw these little sprouts at the base of his tree!!! I just wanted to jump up and down. But avoided looking like an over excited spaz in my own back yard!!! Clearly I was so excited!!!

 

Little sprouts... signs of life on Jody's tree!

 

Revelations…

We talk about our kids here all the time. But with Julianna being in the hospital, I had to sit back and really reflect on our precious Jennifer. I think I blogged about her and her strength through our journey with Jody. She can have such a caring heart.

For three days while we were in the hospital we would call her and ask her to round up some item we needed.  When we flew in the door they would be there ready so we could fly in and out.  She even packed Joe & I some little snacks.

But honestly, I sat thinking about Jennifer and her ability to handle situations with such grace and agility. She has shown the ability to put on her conquer all hat and pepper us with such love when things are rough.

We have an amazing daughter… this we know. It’s even more apparent as she gets older.

 

 

She is so beautiful...

 

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