Monday, August 28, 2006
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Luke 18:16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Jesus called our sweet baby Emma home tonight. Thank you to all of the wonderful people who have been on this carepage time and again, leaving us encouraging messages, and lifting Emma up in prayer. You have been our rock. Now I ask that you continue to lift Jessica, Gracie, and the rest of our family up for the days, weeks, and months to come. We will need your support. Thank you and God Bless You!
Friday, August 25, 2006
I just love this picture...She's watching Baby Einstein!
Emma is still bleeding from her trach and her vent settings have gone up a bit. The really great news is that she has gained 5 ozs!!! Way to go Emma!! I know that doesn't sound like a lot to most people but for NICU babies it's a HUGE deal!! Please continue to pray:
- that Emma will be able to grow new lung tissue
- that the bleeding from her trach will stop
- that the vent settings will not have to go up anymore and
- that her meds will be effective.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Please continue to pray for the monkey and his infection, blood count, oxygen, and anything else you can think of.
Below are some other prayer requests:
That everything works out with insurance issues with the cars.
That God provides the way and things he knows we need not what we think we need.
Healing for broken hearts.
Strength for my relationship with Adam.
A sense of humor.
Insight into God's will and strength for faith (sense sometimes it is hard to have faith when everything seems to be coming down around you).
We are thankful for all of you. God blessed us greatly when he gave us all of you.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Asher is still fighting the infections...he seems to be getting stronger and the bleeding still continues to slow down. Please continue prayers for this little guy and his family!!
Asher appears to be doing a tad better. His CT scan showed no abcesses, however, the scan was not a full body scan so that still may be a possibilty. The doctor thinks that Asher may have CMV instead of a Gram Negative Cootie. Both are serious "bugs" to have...so please continue to pray for this little guy. The bleeding from his ostomy has seemed to slow down too and this is great news...hopefully it's a sign that the meds are working.
Asher is very sick right now. He has a horrible infection that has been classified as a Gram Negative infection...these types of infections are really tough on a body. the doctors are still waiting for the cultures to grow out so they will know exactly what this bug is. Then they will be better able to treat the infection. There's a possiblity that Asher has an abcess where this infection is hanging out...if that's the case, then hopefully it can be drained. Gus had several abcesses drained due to the same reason so we know it certainly can be effective. Asher is also experiencing bleeding from is ostomy and this is very concerning. Please pray for this family right now...Prayer requests:That Asher will become infection-freeThat if there is an abcess it can be drainedThat the medicines are effectiveThat the bleeding from the ostomy will stopThat the family remains strong and full of faith and hope
Monday, August 14, 2006
Asher is doing well and is recovering from his surgery that took place awhile back. His Aunt Laura went to see him and confirmed that he truly is a "Chunky Monkey"...that's his nick name! Please continue to pray for little Asher...pray for his parents too. His mom was in a car accident...she was hit by another car and she's ok...other than the stress of dealing with car issues and having a child in the NICU! lol! What a ride!!
Here's some baby bananas for you Asher!
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Praise the Lord, Asher DOES NOT HAVE CYSTIC FIBROSIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To celebrate, here is psalm 148:
"Praise the LORD from the heavens, praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them praise the name of the LORD for he commanded and they were created.
He set them in place for ever and ever; he gave a decree that will never pass away.
Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding,
you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds,
kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth,
young men and maidens, old men and children.
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
He has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his saints, of Israel, the people close to his heart.
Praise the LORD."
We couldn't feel more blessed!
Aside from this exciting news, another important piece of information is that Asher will be transferred back to Mercy tomorrow. Please pray for a good transfer. We are not anticipating another surgery for a while, so we don't have to worry about this. They anticipate him going home on the ostomy, so he can grow bigger and stronger before fixing his intestines. Also, they are not worried about the kidney levels, as they think the levels are off because of nutrition issues. Please pray this is correct and he has happy kidneys!
Also, Asher is up to 70%, which they say he is compensating for the lowered vent settings, but it still makes us a little nervous. Please pray this goes down.
Heather is going to head out to cuddle her little monkey even though she is feeling really sick. She wants to make sure she gets this in just in case she is unable to for a while after the transfer.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for your prayers. God is certainly answering them one by one. We couldn't be more grateful that God has blessed us with such amazing prayer warriors!!
This update was brought to you by ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY!
Aunt Laura, Heather, Adam, Asher, ^Jacob^, and the whole family
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Please lift up this little fellow's family as they grieve the loss of their precious child. Though Carter was a sick little guy, he had a true zest for life. He touched everyone that met him...he and his family have been a real inspiration to many people. You can read more about Carter by visiting his Caringbridge site . Carter's story is amazing...he was a true warrior here on earth. Now, he's receiving his much deserved rest and healing! When you visit his site, please leave a note for his mom and dad...they are amazing parents and I'm sure they would appreciate your encouraging notes!
Carter having fun at a pool party!
Surgery went well!!
Meet Asher!! Asher will be undergoing exploratory abdominal surgery tomorrow at 9am. Please pray throughtout the day for this little guy and his family. This is a list of prayer requests from Asher's website:
- For God to guide the hands of the entire medical staff as they perform the surgery
- -Asher's strength for the surgery
- -The problem to be found easily, to be a simple problem and easy to fix
- -NO COMPLICATIONS
- -For Asher to be able to handle the conventional vent well during the time he is required to be on it.
- -Asher's lungs to not be compromised in any way. If they are, for it to be minimal.
- -For Asher to be able to switch immediately back to the bi-level vent after surgery
- -Strength for the whole family and all who love Asher, especially Heather and Adam
- -And pray for anything else you can think of! :)
To read more about Asher and his twin brother, Jacob, who is now in Heaven, point your cursor to Asher and Jacob . Be sure to leave an encouraging note for the family!!