# Monday, 16 February 2009

Today's Chaya Devoira update

The previous blog post was rather short as I got caught by one of the sisters, who told me that I wasn't really supposed to be using the hospital's computer! She was very nice about it, but I had to end rather quickly!

Anyway, the news is very good. Boruch Hashem, the doctors are very happy with Chaya Devoira. After a difficult day yesterday, she was wonderful today. She spent most of the day asleep, but woke up a few times and was quite happy. Her heartbeat was steady, at a good rate, and her oxygen levels were high.

They have removed pretty much all of the wires and tubes from her, and have just left the oxygen feed to the nasal specs, and the inevitable monitoring of the oxygen levels, blood pressure and heartbeat.

Her heart seems to have settled into a normal rhythm, after having done some interesting things on Sunday. At one point, the two sides of her heart were not beating in synch, and they were considering attaching a pacemaker to the wires sticking out of her tummy. Apparently this is not unusual, but boruch Hashem, it wasn't necessary.

They were going to move her up to the ward this afternoon, but due to an outbreak of a virus, they needed to do more comprehensive cleaning than normal before letting her up, and it was getting late. They decided to leave it until tomorrow morning, so she is spending another night in ICU. We are quite happy about this, as she gets closer attention in there than she would on the ward.

Not a lot else to tell you. We are both tired, and were falling asleep this afternoon. As Chaya Devoira was asleep, we decided to go for a walk to wake ourselves up. We ended up going to Hamleys (hugely large toy shop in central London), to buy some presents for the other children. We had a great time! Unfortunately, we would have needed the bank balance of a small arabian country to buy all the toys we wanted, so we had to content ourselves with just a few things.

I'm not sure how we're going to get the stuff home, especially as Simcha's present is rather heavy! We bought her a Simcha-sized inflatable bouncy castle. I'm not sure how we will keep the other children out of it though!

Going to bed, whacked out. night night.

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