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Finally Some Good News and the Best News EVER!!

So where do I start these last few days have been emotional, amazing, confusing and basically a haze!!

So to start we had a NG tube put in so that Leya could have top up feeds and put weight on. So she is now on only high energy milk taking 120ml 5 times a day which is amazing and shows as she has put weight on and now weighs 11.5lbs!! This meant we needed to go shopping so our 16week old baby is finally out of tiny baby and newborn and into up to 1 month as 0-3 months is still far to big!!

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Daddy also came back to give me a break as I was physically and emotional shattered and Leya was so happy to see him, all smiles, giggles and snuggles!! And we also managed to get out of the ward when she was cleared of whooping cough but didn’t get far before she threw up all in her new pram yuck!!

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This is where you have to listen carefully!! So if you follow Leya’s facebook page you know that she had a mini operation on Monday. For those of you who don’t know this was to remove a Granuloma and to check there wasn’t anymore! Well Leya was first on the list so she was fasted from 7.15am but didn’t actually go in till 4.30pm so was starving. She finally went in and came back out!! She didn’t come round very well, she was really unsettled which was unusually as this hadn’t happened the last 2 times.

We got back to the ward and she was really pale and clammy all night and her oxygen was rather low so she was on oxygen all night but seemed to pick up on Tuesday.

But the operation went well. She had a Granuloma just inside her throat which was removed and one just at the top of her stoma also removed!! They checked her food pipe to make sure that was ok and all was good then came the news that hit me and Dan like a tonne of bricks!!

HER VOCAL CORDS WERE MOVING!!! Cue the tears 😂 We couldn’t believe it in 1 month they had started to work and she can have the Trache taken out!! OMFG was this really happening. I was apprehensive and wanted them to wait a little longer to make sure all was ok but they put in a size smaller but unfortunately she couldn’t breathe with that one capped. Because Leya is small she needs a small Trache to let enough air pass for her to breathe if they cover it over. So the plan now is to let her grow for a while and then try again until enough air can pass and she is able to breathe on her own!!

But she wont have the Trache for life and for not much longer hopefully. My amazing trooper has managed to heal, grow and strengthen in 1 month and she will be having the Trache out as soon as she is big enough!!

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So with that exciting news she then decided it was time to start to try and roll over but hasn’t yet got the hang of it yet!!

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So keep an eye out for the next blog to see how Leya is doing and where we are in her journey that has a little longer to go!!

Love Dan, Casey and Leya xx

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End of a Long Week and the Start of a Big Week

Wow this has been a long week… We have had visitors, been on our own as daddy was at work, learnt new ways to care for our daughter and have finally been moved to the ward!!
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We have loved all the visitors that have come to see me and Leya!! It has kept us occupied and we LOVED seeing people from the real world 😃. It was lovely so see family and even those who had yet to meet Leya. She gave cuddles, smiles and showed everyone that she is made of some strong stuff indeed.

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We had a lovely visit from both of Leya’s God Mummies to be (hopefully is all goes well and we get out in time) and I had an awesome time with Hayley and she made me giggle and smile and really cheered me up.

Both me and Dan have now been signed off for suctioning which is one step in the right direction and we both tagged team in tie changes this morning which was fiddly and not the easiest thing in the world but between the two of us we managed it!!

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Leya has come amazingly far this week!! She is now off her humidification during the day and wearing either a Swedish nose or her bid. She had her feeding tube removed and is now feeding much better but due to a little weight loss is on SMA High Energy milk, but the amount she is taking is more and more each day so we cant complain to much oh wait we can when she brings it all back up again!! And we have just been moved into our own cubicle on the ward which means most of her care is down to us again!!! This scares the hell out of me and her dad as we have had nurses on call 24/7 for the last week and a bit!! We feel like she has just been born again and we are brand new parents!!

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We both missed Dan/Daddy all week the phones calls throughout the day to update him just weren’t the same but the minute he got back we both felt at ease again!! Leya was full of smiles for her daddy which made us both feel happy that she missed him and was glad that he was back with us!! He is now defiantly not allowed to leave again we are locking him in with us!!

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She is as smiley as even and making the nurses run around after her which is funny and the nurses on the new ward have already fallen in love with her after 10 minutes.

She is still on her antibiotics as she has an infection somewhere but they are not sure where but its banana flavoured so she scoffs that right down without any problems.

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Then we have this massive week ahead of us!! Our first Trachy change is dawning 😁 the nurses will do it first to show us how it is done then me and Dan will have to crack on and have a go!! To say we are cacking our pants is an understatement I mean we have to change a tube that is inserted in our childs very small neck that is her only way of breathing (ahhhhhhh) This is when we feel that maybe taking one of the lovely nurses that we have grown attached to home 😃.

We are hoping that once we have our discharge meeting this week and when everything is signed off and in place we will be coming home!! It is looking like this will happen at the end of this week or the beginning of next this is also another scary thought, but the support from home has and will be amazing!!

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We would like to say a massive thank you to all that have donated, helped with Leya’s Journey and are doing fundraising in the future, your support and generosity has been overwhelming.

So from all of us here at the hospital we are progressing (a little faster than mummy and daddy are ready for) and focusing on coming home!!

Much Love

Dan, Casey and Leya

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