On Monday, July 11th Andy and I headed back to McLeod to try our "overnight" stay with Whitney once again. We could tell immediately that this night would be different than the last, since the nurses practically wheeled Whitney into our room as soon as we arrived. We were told she passed her second car seat test the night before so there would be no need for a car bed (yay!) and if she did well while staying the night with us she would be cleared to go home in the morning.
A representative came by and showed us how to use the apnea monitor and got that set up on Whitney. The monitor isn't nearly as bad as we were thinking and it really does give peace of mind. It is about the size of a shoebox and is very portable and easy to move throughout the house. An ear piercing alarm goes off if her heart rate gets too high, or low, as well as if she stops breathing. The alarm also likes to go off if Mom and Dad forget to plug it in and it gets low on battery, or if she is too wiggly and one of the electrodes falls off. So far only the latter has happened and she seems to be doing great.
We cannot express how proud we are of Whitney and how well she has done in these past few days. The love and support from our families, friends, coworkers and so many others has been remarkable. I do believe all the prayers have made a positive impact and cannot thank everyone enough. We always knew she was a miracle but seeing now what she has gone through and the fact that she is home and doing so well really makes that miracle so much stronger.