In the doctor's own words, Olivia "is doing things today that she hasn't done before." She cried pretty forcefully when they did her blood work this morning. She had a little bit of a gag reflex this morning, though the doctor said not to be to excited, as it is still not the norm. Her purposeful movement went from almost none yesterday to a considerable amount today. Her MRI and brain scan were read today by another neurologist here in Portland and was determined to be normal. She came off her ventilator last night and has been able to stay off of it. Yesterday she was having her secretions suctioned out every half hour. She was down to only about every 3 hours today.
The doctor said, "whatever you are doing, whether it is praying or whatever, keep it up." In telling the nurse we didn't really want to get our hopes up too much, she said to be "cautiously optimistic". One of the nurses told me that she was telling others in the NICU that "we may be seeing a miracle."
We know that she will still have her bad days, but we feel God is working a miracle in her. No matter what the outcome may be, God is still in control. The doctors are, for the most part, at a loss for words as to why she is all of a sudden doing these things. Their plan is to keep feeding and letting her get bigger and stronger and see what she does.
Alysa went to see her doctor today and everything is going well with her. She doesn't have to go back for 2 weeks. She is up 5 lbs. 4 oz.