James on Saturday. He's carrying about 2lbs of water weight.
A picture L made for her baby brother.
What Ben did while L made James' picture. :)
Last look at James with the ventilator tube.
Surprise visit from Fr. H.
Getting to hold him for the first time since he was born.
It was awesome.
Really, really awesome.
Today brought some really great events and some potentially scary news.
The great event, of course, is that I got to hold James! I have been craving this since they took him out of my arms to begin chest compressions and mouth to mouth Thursday morning. He was finally stable enough and without enough wires for me to hold him. It felt so good to have him in my arms, comforting him and loving on him. I am so grateful to the staff who made it happen, and for God who has healed him so quickly that I only had to wait 6 days.
Please continue to pray for James' breathing. He's still off the ventilator, but they've had to turn up the oxygen and they are keeping an eye on it.
The worst part, though, is that his gag reflex is inconsistent and the doctors are a bit concerned. Sometimes James gag when he should and sometimes he doesn't. This might just be because of the pain medicine he is on. However, this might be because his brain stem was damaged. The brain stem is what controls our most basic functions and if that is damaged... well... it could mean the worse of a lot of things.
I continue to have hope that his brain damage is very limited simply because the body protects the brain and heart over every other organ, yet every other organ is doing very, very well.
I also have hope that God will miraculously save my son and spare him any brain damage. I believe my God is mighty to save, and that He will answer a persistent pray-er. I have been told that there are thousands of people praying for my son, and it seems to be true. Around the country and around the world there are people who are petitioning God on James' behalf.
God's Will will be done, and I can rest peacefully in that, and I will look to His Face with trust and courage.