Thank you to everyone who has been praying with and for us!
We had a wonderful turn out for the holy hour and Mass - which were blown away by - and we are so humbled by all the other people around the midwest, nation and even world who were uniting their prayers with us this morning. An extra benefit was being able to reverence a relic of the True Cross of Christ. It was so beautiful, and we are so grateful to our friends Jenny W., the Carrs, and Fr. Nathan for organizing everything for us.
Also, I wanted to tell you to keep up the prayers! James has been peeing like a madman and his heart and lungs are healing up exactly like they should. His blood pressure has been wonderful! The nurses were able to lower the amount of oxygen James is receiving - which is GREAT - and in 45 minutes this morning he peed 61ml when all we need him to do is 20 something. (I'm not very good with all these numbers and science-y things, so I hope I got that right.) He even pooped!
The next goals we have are #1 for him to pee out of his catheter, so that they can remove it with the knowledge that his kidneys will be working well and on their own. This shows us that not only are his kidneys okay, but so is his heart, which is pumping the blood to the kidneys so they can do their thing. #2 goal is for his median blood pressure to stay around 55. #3 goal is for his lungs to continue to improve so he can be weaned off the ventilator. #4 goal is to have no more seizure activity.
Lastly, early tomorrow morning they will begin to warm James back up. We need this to go well. Our hopes are that his organs, and especially his brain, will have been preserved while his body temp was lowered. Please God that he does well with the warming! When his temp is normal again we can begin doing MRI's to find out the extent of the brain damage. At this point it could be anything from a learning disability to mental retardation to cerebral palsy. However, because he is so young the brain can adapt and make new connections around the brain damage, allowing a "normal" life.
We continue to pray to the Great Physician for a miracle! Please join us!
Our little boy was without a pulse for 61 minutes. It's a miracle he's alive.