I've taken to calling my sweet Brenna "Kitten". From the day she was born, she has reminded me of a tiny baby kitty, especially with the way she moves her mouth, sticks out her tongue and the little noises she makes. It even felt like she was purring with the vibrations her throat was making the day I got to hold her head up while she was being fed!
There is nothing more that I look forward to than the day I am able to hold her in my arms and give those puffy lips of hers a big ol' kiss :)
This is another photo I took on Christmas Eve, before Brenna got really sick, and when I went to post it, I couldn't believe at the transformation in her skin from then to last night when I last saw her. Her skin looks SO much better in just a few short days. The big thick layer is completely gone in a strip across her stomach, it's peeling almost off on her bottom, and her chest and shoulders are really starting to peel too. Underneath is pink baby skin that is almost normal-looking! Eventually it will most likely be pretty flaky and dry, but since she is in a humid environment and getting slathered with ointment every four hours, it looks like very normal skin underneath those dry scales.
Yesterday Brenna's heart rate went up again and she had to be given more oxygen, so we were all a little worried and went to the hospital. When her heart rate increases like that, it is likely one of two things: she is in pain, or there is possibly an infection. Thankfully her stats improved and continued to be really good for the rest of the day and last night.
They have discovered that the infection she has is E. Coli (I asked her if she'd been swimming in Lake Springfield), and she is still getting the antibiotics to treat that. She is sure a little trooper! We have been so impressed with the medical care she is receiving at St. John's - the doctors and nurses are just amazing and have blown us away with their compassion, care and medical knowledge. We've had several nurses tell us that they've been reading about her condition while off work to get a better understanding of her needs.
I'm hoping for another good day with my Kitten, and especially looking forward to her warding off this infection so I can get back to helping to feed and handle her!