Thursday, December 31, 2009
Nathan is recovering well. The biggest thing for him right now is just time to heal. We do ask for your continued prayer support for God to heal him and not need another surgery. He does have some spells where his heart rate and oxygen saturation drop (which is normal), but we also ask you to pray for strength for his lungs. Nathan is really enjoying our visits (our voices more than touch, lately) and enjoys it when they play the recording of us to him.
Owen is doing very well lately. We praise God for strengthening Owen and continuing to heal him. Owen now rotates between his CPAP and nasal canula. He is doing well on both. He is also up to 12 ml of milk every 3 hour! He is very responsive to our voices and loves to be held.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Owen is doing well. He is up to 10ml of milk every three hours. He continues to stay on the CPAP machine and is doing very well on it.
Recently both boys have had eye exams. Preemies are at a high risk for having eye sight problems. They will get this test every two weeks for a while. Both of theirs came back looking good for now.
Logan had a good weekend. He spent a lot of time up at the hospitals with us. He loves going to Nathan's hospital (Children's hospital) because they have radio flyer wagons and he can ride in them all over the hospital. Plus there are lots of exciting things for him to look at, like giant Lion statues. He also enjoys going to Owen's hospital (Brookwood) because he can usually talk us in to getting him chocolate milk. He knows his way around the hospital so well, he could actually get it himself if we let him. We spend lots of time reading him books while at Brookwood.
Today our friends Song and Christina came in to town with their family. We had a great time visiting together and the kids really enjoyed playing together. It was nice to get our minds off of everything and just enjoy company of some great friends.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Preston and I headed up to visit Nathan. We brought his Santa gifts with us. He received a wonderful Max Lucado book that we read to him. He really seemed to enjoy it. He also got a few other wonderful presents that helped personalize his space). Nathan was pretty alert during our visit.
After our visit with Nathan we headed to Preston's Grandmother's house to spend some time visiting with his family. We had a nice time.
Then we were off to the hospital to see Owen. Owen was taken off his ventilator today and was put on CPAP. He was doing a good job with it while we were there. Owen has a purple paci that he loves. It is hard for him to hold it in by himself so I helped him hold it in for about 45 minutes. He also tried to hold it in himself. Owen is growing strong and is now up to 2 lbs 1 oz.
Finally we made it to my parents house for Christmas dinner and had a great time. Logan enjoyed spending the day with them.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Owen is doing well. I was able to hold him today!! It was an indescribable joy. He really seemed to enjoy it too. Hopefully Owen will be getting off his ventilator in the next few days. He is also up to 5.5 ml of milk every three hours.
Logan is doing well and spent the day with his grandmother, CiCi. He really had a lot of fun.
We hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Nathan is third in line for surgery tomorrow morning (Thursday). His surgery will most likely be around 9:00 a.m. Preston and I will get there early and spend a little time with him and then walk with him down to surgery. Please be praying for his surgery. We have seen God work very powerfully in his life and are excited to him work miraculously through this surgery. We will update you when we know more after the surgery.
Nathan will have surgery at Children's Hospital today. The operation will be on his small intestines to remove the area that is dead. Please pray he will handle the surgery well. Also pray they don't have to remove much of his intestine (hopefully, they don't find a large part of the intestine dead when they go in to operate). The operation is to repair the damage done in his body when he was so sick at Thanksgiving.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Preston took Owen's temperature and changed his diaper today. Owen seems to be enjoying us around him more (I think it is because he enjoyed us holding him so much)This afternoon Nathan went off his ventilator!! Today is a big day for him. The pediatric surgeon is coming to look at him to make determinations about how to proceed with his intestines (start feeding, give him a dye test or just wait a little while longer to make sure it is totally healed). Please pray for wisdom for the doctor and strength for Nathan for whatever they decide he needs to endure.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Christmas present from Dr. Mena (warning these will be some of the most precious pictures you will ever see)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Nathan and Owen are having good days too. Owen was able to started eating again. Hopefully his body will respond well and he be able to continue to eat. Both Owen and Nathan were laying on their tummies while we were there. They both love this position. Also both were on a little lower ventilator settings!! Owen's creatinine levels for the past two days have been 0.6 and 0.8. These are great numbers and we are really excited these levels are down where they need to be. Nathan saw the orthopedic surgeon and he is just going to let him arm/hand continue to heal on its own. There is a great chance that he will need to have some reconstruction done at some point. The highlight of my day yesterday was changing Nathan's diaper!! He was not quite as excited as I was but he enjoyed being dry.
This evening we went to visit them again. Owen responded very well to our singing. Nathan was getting some vibrotherapy (a little vibrator on his lungs which helps break up anything he has in there). I put my finger in and he held on to it really tightly and kept squeezing it. I was also talking to him and he kept looking up with really wide eyes in my direction. It made my heart melt.
Here is Nathan with his eyes open. A family donated nice blankets for every child in the NICU for Christmas. A group of volunteers made stockings for each child too. Here is Nathan's area. Here is Owen's area.Preston spent some time singing to Nathan. Here is sweat Owen. He is all snuggled in so he does not pull everything out.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Please also pray for my family. My Grandfather is sick and does not have much more time. Most of the family is up there with him now. Please ask for peace and comfort for my Grandfather and the same for the family he will be leaving behind.
We really appreciate all your prayers. God is hearing and answering them.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
This is Nathan sucking on the paci they gave him this morning.
Here are a few pictures of Owen.