Monday, September 20, 2010

shockingly good news

Today we pieced something together.

The nurse we had yesterday, the one who said unpleasant words like "blind," "feeding tube" and "can't go home", well we think she's not a very big fan of home births.  And we think she gave us every possible worse outcome as some form of punishment. 

Because today James' doctor and multiple nurses all had wonderful things to say.  They said things like:
- he's greatly improved since they saw him on Friday.
- that his right leg, which many NICU staffers thought he would lose partially or totally (we were shocked to learn this), his right leg has healed in a way that is very "impressive."
- that they were pleased with his progress.
- that all his organs (skin, liver, kidneys, heart, lungs) were working well.
- that he was mostly breathing above the ventilator and may be off it in 24 hours.
- that his catheter may come out tonight because his kidneys are working so well.
- that his pulmonary hypertension is healing like it would in any normal, healthy baby.
- that they will begin weaning him off the blood pressure medicine.
- that the issues with his eyes were most likely caused by his medicine

Of course we still don't know about his brain, but Tuesday or Wednesday they will be doing an EEG (some kind of brain testy thing) and then later they will do a MRI.  Once that data has been collected we'll have a better idea of what's to be expected with his development.  And of course, there is still reason to be hopeful that the brain will "heal itself."  Since an infant's brain is still developing it is common for an undamaged area to do a task that a damaged area was supposed to do.

And then, of course, there is the miracle factor.  The Great Physician has already been healing my son in amazing ways.  Thanks be to God!

And thank you for praying!

St. James the Greater - pray for James!
St. Linus - pray for James!
Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen - pray for James!

20 comments:

  1. This is all wonderful news! I'm still praying for sweet baby James.

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  2. Nurses like that should not be working in a NICU, or at all! So sorry for that, I'll say an extra prayer for her. Believe me I work with nurses who unfortunately can't seem to have a positive attitude and it is disappointing. Praise Jesus for James' progress. We are thinking about James everyday and we have our families, coworkers and friends praying for him. I've said it and I'll say it time and time again....WE LOVE YOU!!!!!

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  3. Bonnie, I am so happy to read this latest update. We have been praying so fervently for James and you all are constantly in my thoughts. We will continue to pray!!

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  4. Bonnie, This is amazing and such beautiful news!!!! We are praying for James and for your sweet family. God bless you!
    ~Molly

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  5. Rock On' JESUS and all His Saints!! Heaven is overflowing with blessings and prayers to all of you! Thanks for sharing this great news Bonnie!

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  6. This absolutely makes my night! Thank you for sharing your miraculous news! We'll keep praying for you and your sweet little guy!

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  7. I am so happy to hear this news! I prayed a Rosary for James today, and will keep the prayers coming!

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  8. Praise God for all the good news today! Let the miracles keep on coming. : )

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  9. I am so happy to hear that he is making progress. I have people in Shabbona praying for you and your family!!

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  10. Wonderful news. I will keep praying for you all.

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  11. That is so wonderful to hear. We have kept your family and especially baby James in our prayers this week! We will be praying for his continued healing!

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  12. Come on little miracle. You can do it!

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  13. I am so happy to hear all of the good news. I will keep praying. I wish I lived closer so that I could be of some sort of physical help.

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  14. Jumping up and down for you and baby James!!! ;-) Love you so much.

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  15. Wonderful news, Bonnie. I will continue to pray for his complete healing.

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  16. Bonnie - Doug just shared this link with me - please know that I will keep James and all of you in my prayers. You have an amazing support team and the Lord will hear us no doubt! God's blessings to you all, especilly precious James.

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  17. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!

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  18. Thank God!! We are continuing to pray for his healing!

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  19. Thanks be to God! That is great to hear! He'll be in our thought and prayers for continued improvement!

    Katie Mc

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