Kayla Mae Olmstead

Kayla was born with Left-sided Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (LCDH). When she was born she was in the NICU for a total of 55 days. She reherniated two years later, had her repair surgery in May 2011 and spent 11 days in hospital recovering. She is a tough little girl and we are truly blessed to have her here.

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Day 17 Recovery!

this weekend Kayla got to play with her cousin Maddy at Nina and Papa's house!! It's been 6 months since we have been there, she was excited!! 

and play around the pool (can't go swimming yet, so daddy just dunked her legs in.. I was quite nervous with the stretch to her belly, but she seemed to love it) 

Today is the 17th day of recovery... and she still has some issues.  The tape has not completely fallen off yet and I think it's pulling her skin.  She had some trouble before her nap today, tossing and turning, crying, so I went up to check on her, and she was so upset- she said something about the pillow and her boo boo hurting- I didn't catch much of what she said- she was crying to much.  But I thought she was too uncomfortable when she tried to sleep on her tummy.  But I don't really know? Maybe the tape was pulling her skin?  Maybe her incision still hurts (which it really shouldn't)... It's just so hard to know. She sometimes says it hurts when I really don't think it does- every time we take her shirt off she throws a fit- doesn't want to be touched, doesn't want us to look at her tummy - we really have to convince her we aren't going to touch her boo boo or hurt her. :( It's really quite sad. :( I did convince her today to finally take off the chest tube "band-aid".  But in order for it to come off, I had to tell her she could do it... and she did.  But when we pulled it off, the scab came with it- EWWWWWWWWWW talk about vomit!! It was a big scab, and now it look like a hole in her side... I was quite worried it wasn't ok... Jer says its fine, but idk... it's gross.... but she seems fine.  Her incision looks ok- and most of the tape has come off but she's still quite bothered by the ones that are there.
She also went to the Memorial Day Parade in Canton .. we met Mema and Deda there.. she had a great time! 

yay! I got a flag!! :)

She is doing great though.  She plays like normal, she's starting to get more energy and be able to do more.  She still isn't running like usual, or spinning around- but yells at Lily and throws a fit when Lily touches her-so that's pretty normal.. :)
We even went to Mema and Deda's house for a bbq this weekend...and she is eating more it seems.. maybe it's because I'm watching how much she eats so she doesn't puke, but it seems she wants to eat non-stop.  She eats a TON of applejacks, LOVES her muffins, and here she is eating dried fruit... Loves the Gerber style! :)  She also devours her toast, and hot dogs.  

She isn't 100% but she's getting there.  June 8 is her post-op appt.  Another x-ray and check up - hoping she doesn't freak out ... bc she freaks out at home just looking at her tummy- so not really looking forward to this appt. 


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