"He is there not only when we cry out from the burden of sin but also when we cry out for any other reason." -Bruce D. Porter

Monday, July 28, 2008


Seth is looking so good today!
He's got an arterial line in this arm, hence the bat he swings around.
Peeking out at us!

Where do I begin? We've had our ups and downs this past week. On the 19th of July, Seth was switched from Fentanyl (sedative) to morphine. Because the dose was a little more than he needed, he decided he didn't need to breathe. In when the breathing tube again. Two days later it was apparent that he had an infection. So we start antibiotics. Then his bowels went from yellow to green. Now we stop the feedings to see what's going on there. They did several x-rays and at one point it was even thought that he had a bowel obstruction. So they put some kind of enema into his ostomy and that went up to his stomach. X-rays showed that it was all clear. Thank goodness. Most likely his green bowels are due to him being sick. So today, Monday, he is on the mend and looking very nice. He is doing so well that they took out the Anderson tube (a tube that suctions his tummy) and are going to put his feeding tube back in and start some feedings. Yeah! And tomorrow they are going to attempt to take out the breathing tube again! He is on such a low rate of oxygen right now and that is good. So, now Seth is six weeks old. I can't believe how much he's changed. He hasn't grown much, but his facial features have changed over the weeks. Having him in the NICU is a different experience. When we bring him home, he won't be a newborn. I guess I keep thinking that when he comes home, it will be like having a newborn. But it won't, in some ways. We won't have those tar like diapers to change. We won't have to worry about the umbilical cord and keeping that dry and clean until it falls off. It's weird in a way how time is flying by so fast and I feel like I'm missing something. I suppose that's because I need to live in the moment. Sometimes it's easy to look ahead and anticipate the future, and not really live in the moment. Keep up the good work Seth!


Rachel said...

Sounds like things are looking up. He's beautiful.

Tammy said...

I am so excited about how great he is doing! I can't wait to see him in person!

4Garrisons said...

Good points Christina! Having kids makes time fly so we all need to be reminded to live in the moment, because it will be over all too soon. Great to hear about Seth!