In the midst of writing this post Mel called from Witt's room. I just left the post as is to give you all a little glimpse into the ups and downs that Melanie and Austan go through!
Things are pretty uneventful here for Witt which is good! You can tell that the extra fluid is coming off his little body. The lung x-ray showed that the right side is about the same but the left is definitely better. Witt is really not happy on the ventilator. They are giving him sedation pretty frequently to keep him from getting upset. Honestly, this is a hard time but just when I need it God sends me encouragement! Today, it comes from the mom of a patient that I wrote about way back this summer when Witt was here in the PICU. Chase is a 19 year old boy who has been waiting for a lung transplant. His whole life he has dealt with lung issues. His mom (Carol)is such an good example of persevering and doing it with steadfast joy. Yesterday I saw her in the PICU waiting room and she told me that Chase had the transplant the night before. Today he is off the ventilator!! She is placing the glory right with God. This summer I shared a few steps of hert "valley" and now I am getting to share in her "mountaintop" and the view is wonderful!!! As for Witt, there is no talk at all about going home. Not even the doctors could give that a guess but each day now he is moving slowly towards that. The big hurdle is to get off the ventilator.
UPDATE!! I am resting in the recliner and Mel just called with the news that Witt now has a fever...101. They will do some cultures. It could be the central line. One of the risks with a central line is infection. This is the way it is for Witt, Mel and Austan. So many ups and downs to handle. Mel's and Austan's emotions have got to be raw. Please pray that God completely takes over and "hides them in the secret place of His presence". Pray that through God's wisdom the doctors determine the cause of Witt's fever. And still in the midst of all this please join me in praising our God who is Mighty, Mighty to Save because as I learned this summer...NEVERTHELESS I will praise Him!