12/04/09 Set Bi-Phasics to Stunned

Juliana is off the ventilator! We called in this morning and they have moved her to a bi-phasic CPAP mask for breathing. She is extubated and doing well. The bi-phasic mask helps push air into her lungs, but she is doing the work. The damage done to her lungs by being ventilated for so long stops and she can begin recovering lung function. Another benefit is that we will soon be able to hear her cry for the first time. We have seen her face red and mad before, but with intubation, it is completely silent. Soon, she will be able to make some noise! We’ll be heading to the hospital soon to see her.

Update: The nurses took a picture of her before they put the mask on and gave it to us. It is our first look at her face unencumbered.
She had an x-ray earlier today of her chest and her lungs look very clear. The orthopedist also stopped by and let us know that her femur should be completely healed in 2 weeks time. We will be spending most of the evening visiting with her. I’m on schedule to kangaroo tomorrow. Good stuff!

24 thoughts on “12/04/09 Set Bi-Phasics to Stunned

  1. Praise the Lord!!! So funny to hear you all excited to want to hear her cries — there were times with my kiddos all I could think of was please stop this crying — I can’t take anymore of it! 😉

    So excited for you guys and praying that she remains strong and that her little leg heals quickly!

  2. This is very exciting news!!! I’m glad she will be able to express herself now. I’m sure she has lots to say since she clearly has opinions about things already 🙂

  3. This is wonderful news – so much sooner than I expected too! I was praying for next week but I am happy to to have her extubated now.

  4. Such welcome news! Such a milestone! And so consistent with the apparent birthright all my descendants have claimed–the freedom to express themselves!

  5. Obviously, I made that comment hastily before discovering that Laurie was logged in. Sorry.

  6. I am so excited that she is off the vent!!!! Also very thankful that you have such wonderful nurses who think to take a picture for you! Praying for you all.

  7. We’re so happy to hear the progress. We’re still praying daily for your family!

  8. Jason and Jen,

    What wonderful news! I am so happy for you guys. Nice that the nurse took a picture for you before putting the cpap on. I remember when Logan had his cpap on, I told Todd that I couldn’t name him until we got to actually see his face! Have a wonderful evening with her! We’ll continue to pray for healing for her leg and overall development. If you get a chance, boy would I love to see another picture of her! What a cutie she is. Hugs to all!

  9. Just want you guys to know that I have been following your news and am so happy for the wonderful update! Enjoy your time together with each other and I pray that you all have a beautiful holiday. Glad to hear that Juliana is getting stronger everyday! She is a trooper. God bless you all!

  10. So glad to hear all the good news. Our son, Stephen, had a broken leg at 12 months and it healed in two weeks and now you’d never know it had happened. We are continuing to pray for your special little girl!

  11. What a great surprise for us today to see Juliana off her vent. When we walked in the NICU, her nurse, Julie, was all smiles and said go take a peek at the baby. Her isolette was covered, so curious as we Payne’s are, we went directly over and peeked in to see Juliana all snug in her pink bed with her new Bi PAP on! A very teeney tiny version of her Papa’s CPAP! I even witnessed her sucking on a teeney pacifier today! Wow, so many nice changes and how comforting to see her doing so well. What a blessing!

  12. Congratulations on two major milestones — 2 lbs and off the ventilator! There is nothing more amazing than watching your child grow before your eyes. Keep holding your fearfully and wonderfully made daughter close to you as she is clearly responding to your consistant touch and love.

  13. Wahoo! It is such a huge blessing to hear how the Lord is taking care of you all! Thanks so much for keeping your website current! It helps us all know how to pray!

  14. I have just read all of your blogs, I did not know about your story until now. I am deeply touched and joyful now to hear the good news about your precious little one. You have been on an amazing, difficult, sorrowful, joyful journey (and so much more). I can’t imagine all that it has been for you but I am so happy to hear that Juliana continues to advance. I think so much of you both and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! with love, Cheryl The

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