Mina is a precious little girl recently rescued from an orphanage in Eastern Europe who is now finally home with her forever family! She had been without a mother or father to love her & care for her each day. No one to rock her, kiss her gently or tell her she's loved. She is blessed with an extra chromosome known as Down syndrome, which for her that meant a life of being viewed as worthless in the country she was born into & a life without hope. Because of this her parents gave her up at the age of 6 months when they found out the diagnosis & from there her life progressivly went down hill. We are the Gower family residing in OKC who recently adopted this little angel. She was extremely malnourished and unable to do just about anything when we first met her. She will be 2 in January & is the size of a 3-6 month old weighing 14lbs. She continues to amaze us at how quickly she is progressing with love and nutrition. She has learned to sit up, roll over, feed herself finger foods, hold her own bottle and loves to interact with toys and other children. Her life has changed so much in such a short period of time and will forever be changed! Thank you Lord for putting a burden on our hearts to rescue this little blessing and making her apart of our family!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sick Baby Scare

I think one of the scariest things is when one of your children is struggling to breathe. Last night around 11 Mina woke up and Jim and I heard her making all sorts of funny noises so I went in her room and grabbed her up. She was wheezing really bad with every breath she took. We were so worried and went back and forth on whether or not we should take her to the ER.

We quickly turned the shower on and stood in there with her so the steam could help open her up some.  She started to sound a bit better till we got out of the shower and back to the bed with her.  We gave her some guifenesin to help loosen up the phlegm in her chest and rubbed vicks on her feet and chest and had the humidifier going.  She ended up sleeping between us last night although I could say we didn't get much sleep.  I kept being afraid she would stop breathing and I think I prayed just about the entire night even in my sleep :)  She sounded much better once she fell asleep but still was wheezing most the night.

I took her into the doctor this morning and he tested her for RSV which was negative and said that it sounds like one of the many viruses going around or croup.  She has started breathing so much better through out the day and seems to be doing okay the night time just worries me because most likely it will be coming back again tonight.  The doc perscribed some liquid steroids to help keep the phlegm loose in her chest and hopefully help eliminate some of the wheezing at night and he said to just continue what we did last night with her and it will just have to run its course.

Exciting news: Mina is now up to 17.5 lbs!!!  She has gained 3.5 lbs in the past couple months! Horray!!

Please keep our little angel in your prayers and that she feels better and that this little bug doesn't last long. 

Momma why are you taking my picture right now in the middle of the night when I'm miserable?? :(


Aspiring Earth Mama said...

You're such a good mama! I hope she feels better soon and you guys get some rest tonight. She looks really cute in that pic. You're fattening her up!

Camille said...

Poor Mina! My little brother Daniel had the croup just last month. What a scare! I hate that barking noise they make....it freaks me out so much! My mom took him into the bathroom and turned on the shower {and shut the door} she probably stayed in there with him for like 30 minutes {until the hot water ran out} and then she took him into her room and turned on the humidifier....a few minutes later he was sleeping soundly. We didn't try the Vicks {because we were out}, but I'm sure it works well too! My family is praying for sweet Mina!



Camille said...

I know I just left a comment, but I thought I'd mention something else. I just read your story about Mina at the top of your blog. My aunt and uncle adopted a child from China about 2 years ago. She was extremely malnourshed as well {she is 3 and wears a size 3-6 months...my little sister Joanna who is 1 and wears 18 months clothes...haha!}. She would throw up all the time, and was having trouble digesting certain foods....we honestly thought she wasn't going to make it. The doctors found out that she had a rare digestional problem, and that my aunt and uncle needed to feed her lots of fluids and protien. Since then she has been doing remarkable! She still has a lot of weight to gain, but she is definetely making progress! :) Your little girl is so precious. What a blessing from God. :)