This is a blog for my daughter Scarlett. She was born with a complex congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia. She is my little hero.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pulse Ox Before/After

It still amazes me to see her pulse-oximeter machine with her new numbers when compared to her old numbers.

Before surgery it was reading 74% oxygen:

After surgery it is reading 98%  oxygen:

What a difference 2 weeks makes....

Today Scarlett pulled out her feeding tube. Todd & I had to struggle to put a new tube in. Scarlett was not happy, but now she has a new tube and a new oxygen cannula (and obviously new cheek stickers too). I had spoken too soon in my last email (that she was being such a good girl and not pulling at her tubes). So we had to put newborn mittens on her as as seen in this photo:

But wouldn't you know it, she knows how to pull those off too. I can't wait until she's off of both (feeding tube and oxygen).


  1. That's funny! Babies are more resourceful than we give them credit for. Addie used to be able to grunt and push the NG out of her nose just enough to slip her sock covered arm under it and pul it out! As she got older, she could just grunt hard enough to push it all the way out of her nose or up far enough for the end to shoot out of her that was fun! Scarlett looks GREAT! Can't wait for her to be tube free :)


  2. Those numbers are AWESOME!!! I can't wait to see numbers higher than 83. We finally had a nurse take the time to teach us how to put in the NG tube, so we are on our way out! We may even skip the feeding rehabilitation center and bring her home instead.

    Your updates bring such hope and inspiration to me and my family. Thank you so much for sharing.