I am up way later than I intended to be, but I want to tell you something important, for which I will take partial credit. Actually, I want to show you. LOOK:
That is the face of a baby that is no longer using an NG tube. Now, the only extra piece of equipment attached to her body is the IV that is used for administering her antibiotic. Just look at that beautiful face, unobstructed by a taped-down orange tube!
Honestly, I couldn't be more pleased. With Elvie for so willingly eating every time I stuck a bottle in her mouth, with our medical team for clearing things up enough that she could feel well enough to eat, with Jarod for going along with my plan, and with all of you for pulling for us. When I found out that we would be in the hospital longer than I hoped, I decided that if we had extra time, then we would use it to find out of we could live without the NG tube. I knew that we were exceeding our formula goal each day, and I was convinced that we could continue to do it when feeding her only by mouth. So I stopped pushing formula through the NG and started offering the bottle more often. I announced to our nurses that I wanted to try to get everything into Elvie's mouth instead of the NG, and asked if we could start transitioning medications from NG to mouth as well. This morning, after successfully taking her multivitamin by mouth, Elvie was given the all clear for having the tube removed.
This makes me so happy I could sing.
Go, little Elvie girl, go.
PS: I have words to say about Zinashi, who I had the pleasure of spending the day with, but I am going to write a whole lot more about her when I've got one more full night of sleep under my belt. She's a good egg, that Zinashi McBride. But you probably know that already.