Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

"With long life I will satisfy him, and show him my salvation." Psalm 91:16
Happy New Year! Thanks to everyone for all the kind words! It truly means more to us than you can imagine! We feel so incredibly blessed to have such wonderful support!

We must praise the Lord because he has shown us his presence in amazing ways today! Coy began urinating this morning! (He has had VERY low urine output since last Thursday; he gained 5 oz of "water weight" and looked very puffy) Once he started urinating, it just kept coming! This is great because he needed to get ALOT of fluid off his little body. When I walked in and saw him today, he looked AMAZING! He was so precious! He was not nearly as edematous as he was on Sunday and looked so comfortable. Please pray that Coy can stabilize his urine output; that he doesn't urinate ALL the fluid out of his body; that his electrolytes stay in range

Last night Coy's blood pressure began to drop; this usually puts the doctors into panic mode---they would much rather see high blood pressure than low--so Coy was started on another blood pressure medication. He did not respond to this medication so he was given 2 steroid injections---this worked! Praise God! His blood pressure stabilized and has been exactly where it should be all day! We are so thankful for this. Hopefully he can be weaned off the two blood pressure medications soon! Please pray for Coy's blood pressure to remain good!

Please praise the Lord tonight for Coy's negative blood cultures! Yes, for the past 4days, we've had negative cultures! This is wonderful! Coy's attending doctors and nurse practitioners believe the infection stemed from his old PICC (central) line that was taken out last week (he has since had a new one placed). The consulting Infectious Disease doctors however want Coy tested for meningitis and recommend he stay on antibiotics for 6 weeks! Yuck! If Coy's attending docs agree with these ID guys, he may have a spinal tap this week--however they are only ordering 2 weeks of antibiotics, not 6! Please pray for Coy to remain infection free, that he does not have any form of meningitis, that his body will tolerate antibiotics for 2 weeks.

Please also pray for Coy's lung function! Last night, his blood gases were pretty crummy. The pH of his blood dropped steadily over the night (which is another thing that really gets the doctors squirming) His CO2 level was good--so his low pH was not due to his respiratory function, but rather from all the fluid he was maintaining. He was given some sodium bicarb which he seemed to respond to. His blood gases today were "perfect" according to his nurse and he was weaned down on the ventilator!! His oxygen requirement was also down from 60-70% to 45% when we left him tonight! Please pray that his lung function continues to improve; that his lung tissue is maturing; that Coy will be weaned of the ventilator as soon as possible!!

Please continue to pray! God is here; he is working on our little man! "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Mark 11:24

Coy had a few rough days in a row. Chris and I were talking tonight about just how fast things can change in the NICU. One day we are thinking we have this all figured out, the next day the doctors are calling Coy "unstable." (BAD WORD to say to a mom!) I have been really questioning my faith this week; I have been wavering. Today I feel like a spoiled child--here I was questioning him and look what he's done for Coy! We are so blessed!


sherrillfamily said...

Yay! This is a great way to start the new year!
We are so excited about the tee tee! Funny how we get excited about things like this in the NICU Huh?
We are praying that all evens out and Coy will be on the path of grow grow grow! See ya soon!

John and Kelly

Muggle Mom said...

AWESOME news!!!! Great way to start off the new year! He is such a little fighter! Keeping Coy and your family in our prayers!


Amanda said...

Praise God! Way to go, Coy! I'm praying for y'all every time I think about that sweet baby.

Reyne said...

What a great way to start the year! We will continue to pray for all of you and your family. I know this is hard, but hopefully the worst is behind you and Coy will continue to improve daily. I just know that God is hearing all our prayers and will answer them. You all have touched so many lives with your faith. Hang in there.
The Ruchti's

Anonymous said...

HOORAY! God is so good. I am glad your precious boy had such a good day. My two boys and I pray for Coy and your family every night. Hang in there!