Wednesday, May 13, 2009

U of M visit

Saying good-bye to Big Bird on the way out of the hospital

I am very happy to report that Kate had a wonderful post-op visit today. She doesn't need any more bandages (yay!) and we are going to try taking her from twice-a-day Lasix (diuretic), to once a day. Her Coumadin and baby aspirin will be for life, which we already knew. We don't have to go back for a month! We are so thankful that God answered our prayers for Kate and believe that her fast, and continued healing has been miraculous.

I know that not every child who is prayed for is miraculously healed. I do not pretend to know all the answers, but I know that God has His own plans for each of us. For our family, He wanted Kate in the hospital for 2 1/2 weeks and then He brought her home. We are thrilled, but know that if He had planned for her to be there longer, He would have provided for our needs. We do believe that God miraculously dried up the flow of her chest tubes and we are in awe of that.

We stopped by to see baby Mason...and oh, does he need prayers. He had orders to leave PICU and go to the regular floor last Friday, but there were no beds available all weekend. Monday, he started having difficulty and they found out that some of the stitches on his right diaphragm had come out. (His right diaphragm was nicked during surgery, which has permanently paralyzed it. This prevents his lung from inflating properly. They had stitched his diaphragm down, to help his chest muscle begin to compensate. It is hoped that this will be successful, but the doctors just don't know if it will work.)

They will now have to go back in and re-stitch the diaphragm down. He will have to go back on the vent, back on morphine, etc. It is such a discouraging set-back for his family. They sure could use prayers...and have mentioned how encouraging it was to have you guys post comments on their website. Thank you sooo much for doing that--and please, would you go do it again? I saw tears today from his family and it was just so heartbreaking. Mason is so tiny--but he is fighting hard. He will have to stay in PICU for awhile. The doctors have told his family to plan to stay in the hospital until early June. Mason's dad said, "So, unless something miraculous happens, we're going to be here awhile." Well...lets pray for something miraculous!!


Kim K. said...

I remember that Big Bird oh so well. Baby Mason will continue to be in my prayers. I'm not posting this on my blog, but my father was admitted to the hospital today with a heart attack. I spent all day with my mother at the hospital. It could be much worse than it's turned out, but it definitely puts life into perspective. My girls need their Grandpa around.

quilt'n mama said...

So glad to hear that Kate's appointment went so well. We have been praying for you guys!

Lori said...

I'm so in awe of how God has brought Kate so far...He gets ALL THE GLORY for sure!! Thank you JESUS!!!

I'm heading over to Mason's site now and have been praying for him as I read your update.

Karin said...

Kim...praying for your dad..and for peace for your family, wisdom for the doctors.

Joyful Mom said...

Yayeee--that is wonderful news about your sweet Kate. So thrilled God has TOUCHED her body in such a miraculous way.

I will go and take a look at that sweet little guy's blog. My heart cannot imagine how tough that must be for his family. Thanks for letting us know of a prayer need.

sierrasmom said...

Hi Karin, You have to check out my blog. I just posted some pictures of Sierra and then went to visit your blog. There I found a picture of Kate blowing dandelions too. How cute that our little girls who are only one week a part now have the chance to blow dandelions!!! I am so happy things are going so well and I will pray for little Mason(And send continued prayers your way also!!!!)
kathie in NY

Tammy said...

Hi Karin,

I'm so glad Kate received a good report at her checkup! I'll continue to pray for baby Mason.

Could you send me an email? I don't see your address on your blog and I have a question about Kate's condition.