Friday, September 26, 2008

Because You Asked

A few of you have been asking about the family we visited in the NICU. I got a chance to talk to Kathy, the mom, yesterday and she gave me the liberty to share details on what was/is going on. Kathy ended up having a c-section because she was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia although, at the time the doctors were a little unsure if this was truly the problem. They found out, as they were delivering the baby, that Kathy did indeed have pre-eclampsia and it was a very severe case. If left unattended (if they would not have delivered the baby) they don't think that mom or baby would have made it. We are praising the Lord that both are alive and healthy!

On September 16 Kathy and her husband, Aaron, were proud to welcome Mercedes Elizabeth into their family. She weighed in at 1 pound and 11 ounces, no that's not a typo she's tiny! I am happy to report that Mercedes is doing remarkably well! Within 12 hours of being born Mercedes was off the ventilator and on CPAP (below is a link that explains what it is) which is an amazing feet for one so small and only 12 hours after being born. I'm still in awe of this little one. As of yesterday she was still on the CPAP but they have plans to take her off which means that she will be breathing completely on her own! What an answer to prayer. Mercedes started eating quicker than they expected too with is such a blessing. Aside from a few feeding hurdles, her feeding tube was in the wrong place, she's eating like a champ. The doctors have told Kathy and Aaron that they couldn't be happier with Mercedes because she is doing so well! That is the kind of report that you want to hear when your are in the NICU. Kathy and Aaron have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House (this place is a God send) so they can be close to Mercedes. Please continue to pray for this young family!

Go here for NICU vocabulary. If I don't explain something and you have no idea what I'm talking about please feel free to ask. When I talk about NICU stuff I usually talk to people that have either been in the NICU with their baby or worked in the NICU and they know what I'm talking about but when I write I forget that most of you don't know what I'm talking about

1 comment:

Sarah Snyder said...

That is a GREAT report!