One of my prayers through all of Witt's hospital stays is that I don't get so focused on what we are going through that I miss an opportunity to allow Christ to minister to others here as well. There is a lot of heartache right now in several families with children in the PICU. One family is making the decision whether or not to remove there 15 year old daughter off life support. Another family's son has maybe 32 hours to get an organ transplant or he is expected to die. I know it would seem like this would be a place where God is absent but it is the opposite. I know that wherever there is heartache, despair, hopelessness there is Christ...holding on to those who know Him and reaching out to completely embrace those who don't. His presence in here is undeniable! As you continue to pray for Witt to heal would you pray not only for strength for Mel and Austan but also for the other families as well. Pray that they draw closer to the Living God or perhaps meet Him for the first time!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
SLOWLY MAKING PROGRESS!
Witt continues to slowly improve. The main overriding goal is to wean him off the vent. His levels that are taken in blood tests are staying in the normal range. The blood sugar is tested very frequently to be sure it is staying up as they make some changes in his feeds. The doctors were trying to get his feeds back to the home regimen but have had to change slowly because Witt's stomach/abdomen is pretty bloated. The concern about this is that when there is bloating in the abdomen area this can exert pressure on the lungs from the outside constricting them from expanding. In order for Witt to continue to be weaned off the ventilator his lungs need to be expanding well. They may need to change Witt from formula to something like pedialyte that is easier on the stomach and gut. Overall he is improving. He is sedated as needed which means he is awake quite a bit. They give him sedation when he gets agitated and "fights" the breathing tube. Witt's eyes have always been very expressive and especially now since all he can do is look at you! Here are a couple of pictures and a video from a week ago at ER. As soon as he gets off that ventilator newer pictures and video will be posted!