Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bummer...

As we were getting ready to go to the hospital on Monday morning, we received a call that Jacob needed to be put back on the vent. Basically, the doctors and nurses think that he got tired from having to work so hard to breathe, and also that he may have aspirated or has pneumonia. It was like he was running a marathon for 3 days...with a small right lung and possible infection. They have run some tests on him to see if there's an infection and are treating him with some antibiotics. Of course, we were very disappointed. It felt like the wind had been taken out of our sails. This is very common for babies to have to go back on the vent after being taken off, and it doesn't mean that Jacob can't do it. It just means that we have to give him a break and try again when he's ready. We don't know if that means a week or more, but he's ready, we will be too. Jacob has always led the way, and we trust that God has plans for us and Jacob. Please continue to pray for strength for us and Jacob.
But...God is good. God has been faithful. God has brought us this far. We need to be reminded of just how far God's grace has extended. Here's a picture of Jacob the night he was born; 6 pounds 13 ounces, with a liver in his chest and no hope of having a right lung. And the other picture of Jacob just days ago, 9 pounds 6 ounces, repaired and when he was breathing on his own, something we thought we would never see. God is good and does not give up on his children!

Many of you are asking whether we need anything. We are doing good. We have food brought to us every other day (thank you), and since we are rarely at the house, it stays clean! When we have a need, we will let you know! May you be blessed today!

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for the update. We will continue to pray for Jacob. Take care.
    Love,
    Sheri & Kids

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  2. Thank you for the update. We continue to pray for Jacob and cheer for him. He is such a fighter! Take care.
    John and Melinda Knott

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  3. He's a fighter and has amazing parents! Glad you took time out to let us know the latest. Just checking out the latest pics the past week, I could tell that he has grown a lot and on the right track! You're definitely in our prayers.

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  4. Jacob just needed a little break but I will keep praying he gets back off the vent. soon.
    Hugs,
    Darci

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  5. I'm sure this was disappointing for you all but you obviously are leaning on God. We will continue to pray for Jacob as you all tackle another hurdle in the path. We pray for his complete healing and strength for each one of you to persevere.
    In Him,
    Jessica Cook (Woodmont)

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  6. Think of it as giving his lungs a little R&R. He's a beautiful little boy with parents who will be fully equipped to teach him about faith. Hang in there.

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  7. I can imagine this was very disappointing but hopefully with the way things have been going lately...Jacob will be off it again in NO TIME!! God TRULY gave you a miracle child!! You're both soo blessed! Jacob just seems soo amazing!! I'll continue praying for your little guy that he gets stronger and stronger every day! I just know some day, hopefully soon, I'll be checking this blog and seeing pics of you guys with him HOME! God is GOOD!! Remember he will get you through this!

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  8. I will be keeping your family in my prayers.

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  9. We are witnesses to and appreciate every word you write, and every expression of faith. The other "neighbors" are blessed by your example and story, I am sure. As we all look to God for faith, you are shining a light into dark areas which need the light of God's love and truth. Thank you.

    Debbie Clifford (Woodmont)

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  10. Still thinking about your sweet family and praying for strength for all of you.

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  11. We continue to pray for your family! He is precious & getting so big!

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  12. That probably felt like a step back but it seems like that's just part of this miraculous journey. Just means Jacob will take 3 steps forward tomorrow! I love the contrast between Jacob day 1 and Jacob now. That's progress! Seeing that is reaffirming and amazing. What grace and determination you all have. Thank you so much for the updates!

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