But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Seth

When I called tonight the nurse practitioner told me that he was having trouble on the ventilator, so they tried to adjust his breathing tube to see if that would help. Meanwhile, they were bagging him (giving him breaths) and it didn't seem to be working very well. They ended up just removing the tube, rather than trying to get it in a better place, and put in a new tube, after which time he was much more stable. They did an X-ray to see what the issue was (causing the resistance during the bagging, I think?) and found that the upper lobe of his right lung was collapsed, so they turned him a certain way to let that lung be elevated. Sometimes it only takes a few hours of that to re-inflate the lung. I pray so.

Another X-ray will likely be done in the morning. I don't know how long it takes the steroids to start working, but we know Who is sovereign over every last molecule of Seth's being! We again pray for His mercy and favor over our little man.

Thank you all for praying,
Carrie and Gavin

(Thanks also for all the lovely cards, emails, sweet gifts, etc. Someday we might catch up on all cards and emails WE want to write in return! We can't tell you how much we appreciate all you are doing, most especially your prayers.)

13 comments:

  1. Carrie, I was praying for your little ones this morning and will continue to uphold Seth especially.

    Michelle Coomes

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  2. I was awake during the night and prayed specifically for Seth. I know from first hand experience what a roller coaster the NICU journey can be. Angels surround all of your little ones. :) Jesus will give you the strength to make it through each day.

    Sarah

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  3. So glad to see the 2# weights. I will let people today know how to pray for Seth.
    Enjoy the time with Gavin's parents.
    Judith

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    1. Judith, thank you so much for all the cards and encouragement, and for including Isaac!
      Love, Carrie

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  4. Carrie,
    I had a dream about your family last night. The babies had graduated from the hospital. To celebrate you and Gavin had a wedding ceremony where you renewed your vows. It was a huge celebration. Love you, Jen Miller

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  5. Praying for you guys while I was out walking this morning.

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  6. Prayers to your whole family. I had a nicu baby for a week and it was harrowing, you are such a strong couple going through it with five little ones for a longer period of time. Your family is beautiful, best wishes and prayers as time goes on

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  7. Praying, praying, praying for this little man's breathing. And for continued safety from infection for all. I haven't met you all in person yet (though I have met your mom), but you are much in my thoughts. Standing with you in this struggle.

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  8. the NICU is such a roller coaster ride and aften very scary. It's heart wrenching to see a little go through so much, but worth every minute when you bring that precious child home. I will continue to pray for your entire family, with special emphasis on Seth. I pray his x-ray comes back better today.

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  9. Congratulations! I just heard about the birth of your quintuplets. My prayers are with your family. I want to encourage you with the story of my premie (only 1). I was pregnant with my third child (I had a 3yo and 18 month old at the time). It was in 2001, when my little girl was born at 25 weeks gestation age and weighed 1 lb 6 oz. At that time she was definitely in the catagory of being the youngest viable age group with the highest risk of complications.
    God carried us through an incredible journey that I never would have wished to have taken. It was a long slow stay at the NICU, with every kind of ventilator, many different tubes, just about everything you've probably already seen. It was a time in which we could only take it one day at a time, and even at that we had to give each day over to God and allow Him to work His healing into our daughter on His time table. There were constantly times of taking 2 steps forward and 1 step back. Breathing would improve, only to discover an infection that would weakening her breathing again. We saw days when she would be able to take her feedings (through a tube, of course), followed by a day when she wasn't able to keep the feedings down. She would have weight gains that were so small and trivial that it seemed like she be premie-size forever. However, that was all focusing on the nitty gritty details of each day as they came. The bigger picture (which is so hard to see!) was that she was growing, breathing got better, her digestive system did mature, and beyond any miracle we could have imagined, she got to come home on her due date. That's not usual for so young of a premie. The doctors told us that she had a 30% chance of surviving intact (without any long term complications). They also told us that she was unusually small for her gestation age, especially her head. They continued to be concerned about brain development because of her head size.
    God carried us through that time period, and only after much time had past were we finally able to see the full extent of the miracle in our midst. Just the fact that she lived through such an early birth was a miracle. However, she is now 10 years old (I wish I could include a picture of her for you to see), and she has had no complications whatsoever from her prematurity. In addition, there is no problem with her brain function. She is quick to learn, loves to play, and her laughter is contagious! She is not hindered or restricted from doing anything in her life.
    My heart goes out to your family during this time. This is going to be just a season in your life, although a challenging season. For your sake, I am looking forward to the day when you will celebrate your children's 10th birthday. It is amazing to think back to everything that God does for His children that He loves so much!
    Many blessings! Sheflynn

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    1. Wow, what a special story! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  10. Thank-you for the up dates, It's the first thing I look for in the morning and evening, so I can Lift your prayer request all through the day and night. I pray for the request, but I Pray for you Carrie, the Mother's heart for her children. And When I'm at Church, I visualize the Babies and your Family on the Alter of God, and pray these babies.
    God loves and cares for more that what we can imagine.... Hang in there Mom Dad Isaac, and Grandmas and Grandpas you are also surround with prayers and are in the Loving hand of God also!

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    1. Thank you so much, Brenda! What an honor and encouragement your prayers and others' are to us.
      Carrie

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