I don't have many medical updates for today, which is good. Clara has done a good job of pulling off those fluids (you can see how much less puffy she is), but perhaps too good of a job. They stopped the diuretic tonight and have been giving her some blood components today because her blood volume seems to have been a little low today - the ECMO machine cut off several times throughout the day (it's apparently not as scary as it sounds.... they get it back going quickly!). They've actually increased her sedation some, but this afternoon she was wide awake and looking around for almost two hours. It was more than just a flicker of her eyes, but instead a real constant gazing and looking around and we were able to feel like we really connected with her. I wonder what she's thinking about all that's going on around her....
We told her lots today about what a big day tomorrow is. We've encouraged her to be strong and brave and to be a fighter tomorrow. We hope she listens.
If you haven't had a chance yet to sign up for a time slot to pray for her tomorrow, click on the link on the right side of this page (or go to http://www.doodle.com/qgia3xymr2imhv39#table). We are so excited that there are already over 100 people committed to praying for her tomorrow and we know that there are many, many more who will be praying for her throughout the day. We will do our best to keep you posted once we know something after surgery. I'm uploading several photos today and a couple of videos of her looking around too. We also have added a few new things to this blog - there's now a Twitter feed on the right hand side and (FINALLY) a place where you can sign up to receive an email when the blog is updated. I hope that these features will help you all to stay even more connected. Thanks for all the scriptures that you have sent to share with us! We will be praying over them all tomorrow.
We cannot express enough gratitude and love to you all for following us so well and caring so much about us. We're eager and anxious about tomorrow, but I truly am not scared. The only way I can explain it is that it is God's peace that passes all understanding. I should be a nervous wreck, but instead I just feel peace. Thank you, Lord.
Tonight we are just preparing our hearts for some serious prayer and meditation tomorrow. We hope you're doing the same. Gaze upon these precious sights: