Once the Life Flight Team arrived, things moved very quickly. The ER staff gave the Life Flight Team all the information about Peanut and they switched her over to their monitors. They explained where they were going to my dad and husband so they would know how to find us. Then, we were on our way to the ambulance. I climbed into the front and began praying like I have never prayed before. It was so difficult to think anything at all that I prayed the same thing over and over: "God, please don't take my baby. God, please don't take my baby." The drive was long and I spent the majority of it crying and praying for a miracle. I was also able to text some family and friends but did very little - leaving it up to those I had contacted to get the info to anyone they thought needed to know about it. The drive was a tense one but the driver handled it very well. We made it to the hospital and were taken to Peanut's room in the ICU. I was given a chair in the hallway as they got her into the bed and hooked her up to the hospital's monitors. Once again, I sat and cried. The staff was wonderful, attentive, and very caring. They got Peanut all situated and allowed me into the room. Peanut continued to occasionally awaken and try to remove the tube in her throat. We would do our best to quiet her, she would receive some more meds and fall back "asleep". My husband and dad arrived shortly after Peanut and I had and we talked quietly in her room. They took us down with Peanut for another CT scan. We were pleased to learn that she showed some improvement from the initial scan. In a short while, 2 of my sisters and my niece arrived. We hugged and cried and tried to explain what we knew. My sister gave me a bag of some of Peanut's favorite things - packed by her brother, Pumpkin which again made me cry. We put her favorite blanket on her and put her stuffed Minnie Mouse at her side. Since only 2 could be at Peanut's bedside, my sisters and niece headed down to the waiting room. Our pastor arrived and came in to talk with us. Because Peanut was still not sleeping quietly, the nurse ordered us out of the room - there was too much stimulation for Peanut and she needed to sleep so she could heal. We talked in the hall for a few minutes and then prayed together. We finally settled in for the night - me at Peanut's bedside (since they only allowed 1 parent overnight) and everyone else either sleeping in the waiting room or at the Pastor's parents house about 5 minutes from the hospital. It was a tense night and difficult to sleep but we slept as much as we could.
Our baby, with all her monitors - Minnie Mouse at her side.