Sweet Melody certainly keeps us on our toes, and more importantly on our knees. We had an incident recently that renewed our gratitude for yet more time with our little love. Thankfully, in the midst of it, the Lord once again directed our steps, and Melody got the support she needed to get through this one.
On Friday, March 11, in the late afternoon Melody suddenly became very sleepy and was difficult to awaken. We put her on her C-PAP to give her support for her breathing, and even then she wasn’t consistent in being able to maintain good oxygen levels. I was praying for wisdom as I was analyzing Melody’s status. I communicated with Melody’s Daddy by phone, as he was working. I sensed this was one of those times when Melody would need to be taken to the hospital. When I checked Melody’s temperature and saw it was 103 degrees that sealed it.
Melody’s Daddy made it home quickly, and we took Melody to the closest hospital since it would have been a bit challenging to navigate through Friday evening rush hour traffic to go to Children’s Hospital. Melody was stabilized and transported by ambulance.
Once arriving at Children’s Hospital, Melody was not actually in too much distress. Getting her hydrated by IV fluid helped significantly. The viral tests came back positive for two fairly significant upper respiratory viruses. We are thankful that Melody has not been hospitalized for a virus for about a year and half now.
We were told that these viruses tend to peak on day 4-6. Sure enough on day 4 Melody went south. We are grateful for the PICU at Children’s and especially the respiratory therapists who are experts on suctioning. The main thing Melody needs when she is sick is suctioning to help her manage the congestion in her already narrow airways. At one point Melody went from needing just her little C-PAP mask to a full face mask. There was talk that maybe Melody would need to be intubated, but thankfully the need for that never transpired.
Melody was lethargic for several days and spent very little time awake. It was sad to see her in this state. I missed her pretty blue eyes and her little Melody spunk.
When she turned a corner, I was so happy to see her sweet personality resurface.
We were told that when Melody transitioned out of the PICU she would most likely need over a week to recover in the pulmonary unit before going home. Not so. Melody’s condition turned around beautifully, and she was in the pulmonary unit for less than 48 hours. There was much rejoicing when we received word that she was able to go home!
We are thankful for the love, support and prayers of our friends and family during this time.
One thing that I sometimes forget is how much Melody’s life affects little ones around us.
One of my friends told me that there was much celebration in their home when they found out Melody was coming home. When my friend told her children the wonderful news, her two youngest started jumping up and down. Her daughter shouted, “She’s ALIVE!” and sang “Hosanna in the Highest”. We all thought that was really sweet. There is much rejoicing over here as well that Melody is indeed alive!
We have yet more cause to rejoice that our Savior is alive. As we pause to reflect during this season, we contemplate the “infallible proofs” of the resurrection as referenced in Acts 1:3. We believe there are countless compelling reasons to consider the veracity of Scripture, some of which are listed here. We pray the Lord will minister to all of you during this season of celebrating the wondrous resurrection and the reason we have hope.
Luke 24:6a: “He is not here, but is risen!”