Monday, March 16, 2009

Quick Update

Hey everyone. I apologize for not getting around to updating the blog yesterday; our days go by surprisingly fast! This is going to be short and sweet, but I plan to sit down later on today and give you the details of the past day or so and updates on today.

Tubes and wires are slowly, but surely, being removed from Ethan's body! This is great news as it means he is becoming less and less dependent on "stuff". All of the chest tubes have been taken out, his "Rambo headband" (the O2 sensor on his forehead) has come off, and his NG tube was replaced with a tube more suited for feeding. They began feeding him with my milk last night and that was even more encouraging to keep up the good work on my part! The dressing over his incision has been taken off with the exception of 2 small bandages at the top and bottom of the scar. The top bandage keeps his drool from getting into the incision, and the bottom bandage covers the wires for the temporary pacemaker.

Speaking of the pacemaker; I am specifically praying that God would take away the need for this. Dr. Jaggers, and even our nurse last night, told us that the heart can find other pathways to "communicate" and they're not sure how or why this happens. If this happens with Ethan, I know it will be because of the prayers of so many people seeking this directly! So please join me in praying specifically for Ethan's heart to begin communicating normally without the use of the pacemaker.

Another huge thing to be praying about today is the ventilator. The plan is to take Ethan OFF of it today and see how he does. This is super exciting, but so scary at the same time. He's been on it since he was about 8 hours old, so it's essentially all he knows. The nurse prepared us that it may take a couple of tries for him to come off completely. However, the more times they have to re-insert the breathing tube, the higher the risk of damaging his vocal cords. Pray that Ethan comes off today and all goes well the first time around; and pray for his worried mama, too!

That's all I have time for right now; check back later on today for more!

6 comments:

Kendal Q. said...

So happy to hear that things are progressing well. Continued prayers for you guys and specifically for your requests. You guys are thought about constantly. We love you.

jeff said...

Thanks for the update Joye. It's awesome that things have gone so well the past few days! I'll pray for the vent and the pacer.

traci said...

Thanks for sharing Joye. Your readers also understand when you can't blog all of the time. I will be praying today for communication and for breathing. I will also be saying some prayers for you. You are loved so much.

Chris Waluk said...

That's great that Ethan is pulling through. I'll be praying for him today as he gets off the vent.

Ashley said...

Praying that Ethan's heart will not need the pacemaker and that the removal of the ventilator goes smoothly.

Aaron and Allyson Horton said...

Joye, thank you so much for these updates. I am keeping you and your whole family in my prayers and thinking about you constantly. Every time I think about little Ethan I say a little prayer. It is so good to hear that Ethan is doing so well and making progress.
Love, Allyson

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