Great news in fact!
Ivy needs to have a therapuetic PT~INR before we can get discharge moving.
INR stands for International Normalized Ratio. The INR is really just the standard unit used to report the result of a PT test. PT
stands for prothrombin time. It is a measure of how quickly blood clots.
You and I and the average person who is not on anticoagulation should have an INR of approximately 1. The higher your INR is, the longer it takes your blood to clot. The happy spot/therapeutic INR for Ivy is going to be 2.5. She has been taking Coumadin for 8 days and she is still only a 1.3? She is taking 2-3 MG's a day. Tonight she got 3mg's and we really hope tomorrow she will be up! And the little stinker keeps eating broccoli! High in vitamin K which lowers your INR. We want her to have a normal diet with no green veggie restrictions at home so we have to let her eat the broccoli.
It feels so good to say, we are only here for anticoagulation issues right now. SO GOOD!
In photo above her nurse had just taken us from our play time to get her PICC dressing changed..... Brave face time!
Today I am noticing so many new things about Ivy. And I am trying to just rejoice in them and not let it make me sad that she couldn't do these things before! She lets me tickle her now. And she says do it again. She likes to be tickled under her chin like her sister Lexi! She never let me do that before. She is so playful. She likes to play tricks on me and she likes to run me down with her shopping cart! Tonight when I was carrying her back to the room, she was telling me not to hold on to her, to keep my hand only under her little tiny bum. Before she would have to have one arm wrapped around us and her hand gripped on our clothing like she was dizzy and expecting to fall. She has been doing oodles of walking. After 3.5 weeks in bed, she has lost the very tiny amount of muscle she may have had, but that little girl walked the entire 42 bed unit today, pushing a shopping cart with at least 10 pounds of pumps and loot in it. She wants this! SHE wants it! She pushes herself for the first time since forever. She has a little friend (4yr old Maggie) and she goes down the halls saying, Wait for me Maggie!! Oh Lexi is going to be so happy that her sister is coming home ready to grow and ready to play!!! Oh how I miss my sweet little Lexi!!!Tonight when I put Ivy to bed she could barely keep her eyes open but she did not want to go to bed. She is tired of this place. We both are. She feels good now and she just wants to go home and live life. Come on blood... Thin down so we can get out of here!!!