Friday, April 23, 2010

Post-Op, Day 1

Thank you for the prayers you've lifted up for our family. Here's a little update for you, based on what I posted last night.
"Here are a few specific things you can be praying for tonight/tomorrow: our ability to get some quality rest this evening, that any and all infection will stay away, and that the IV & PICC lines will stay put."
The three of us slept beautifully last night. Ethan fell asleep around 9:30 and slept through the night. Jeramie and I tucked ourselves in around 10:30 and were amazed when we woke up, for the first time, at 7:30 this morning! We all desperately needed the sleep, and I feel well-rested today.

I am also pleased to report that all 3 of Ethan's lines stayed right where they should over night! This has to be some sort of record and, given the way Ethan loses IVs, this can only be explained by the power of prayer. The nurse did come in a little bit ago to take out the IV lines, so now he is receiving all of his medicine through his PICC. He seems much more comfortable now that his hand and foot are free from needles!

We don't exactly know the status of the infection. The plan is to take Ethan back to the OR on Monday to unwrap his hand, then re-dress it. The peds doctors feel that Monday is a little too long to wait to see what it looks like under there, so it may get unwrapped sometime today or tomorrow. Please continue to pray that these antibiotics have been doing their job, that this infection isn't resistant to them, and that Ethan will be infection-free within the next few days.

Ethan is napping in his crib right now and I think I might close my eyes for little bit, as well. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the prayers and encouraging messages. Keep 'em coming, we still have a ways to go.

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On a different note, many of you know that Jeramie and I had a night away planned for last night. We had tickets to go see Bon Jovi and a room at a fabulous hotel in downtown Charlotte. Obviously, that didn't happen, and I threw a small pity party for myself yesterday morning. Then, this morning, I wake up to read this. Thank you, Stefenie; I couldn't have said it better!

4 comments:

Stefenie said...

Joye,
You are very welcome. I am glad that you all got some much needed rest. I believe that healing takes place when we are rested and I know that through all of our prayers Ethan received a lot of healing overnight!

Hang in there and know that we are pulling for you guys! {{{HUG}}}

Stef
http://www.whenlifehandsyouabrokenheart.blogspot.com

The Smith's said...

Hi Joye-

I have been following Ethan's blog for a bit and wanted to comment and let you know how amazing your little Ethan is and how your attitude and faith during trials is an example to many!

Thank you for sharing prayer requests and praises ... can you imagine looking back 5 or 10 years from now and seeing HOW MUCH good God did through Ethan?

Our little guy, Luke (he turned 3 in January) has a single ventricle heart and has two of his three open heart surgeries at Seattle Children's. I am reminded again of how thankful I am we live in a time where medicine can so positively impact our children. Thanks again for your blog and I will say a prayer that Ethan's infection will clear up very quickly.

Heart hugs,
Jesse

Derek said...

Praying for you guys. Stay strong.
Derek

Anonymous said...

I love you guys. Grandma A.

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