Sunday, January 13, 2008

a new day...

"Lord God, you are my stronghold in time of trouble. Help me and deliver me; deliver me from the wicked and save me, because I take refuge in you." Psalm 37: 39-40

I woke up thanking God for this day, thanking him for my son, my husband, my family and friends...if it weren't for them and God, I wouldn't be able to get through everyday...I would be stuck somewhere back in December where our lives changed forever...

Everyone assumes that everyday in the NICU is terrible; it's not our favorite place to be, but it's where God wants us right now; I always tell people, I am thankful for the day, we had a good Christmas & holiday season, thankful that Coy is still fighting....the NICU is something we are so thankful for; if the awesome nurses and doctors in the NICU weren't there, we wouldn't have our little man today, like Chris says "I didn't know this world existed." So yes, it's a rollercoaster ride, you never know what the day will bring, but the simple fact that "the day" is still an option is something we are so grateful for!...the rollercoaster ride has many highs and lows, our baby boy is what keeps us going....

I want to make sure everyone knows how awesome the nurses are at Memorial Hermann NICU! These people are simply amazing...they are so skilled, compassionate! I had an "issue" with a certain nurse however the care Coy has received thus far has been extraordinary! We are so thankful for each nurse/ doctor that is involved in his care!

Our church sermon today was about having positive thoughts and taking the negative out of your life...I was telling Chris that in regards to Coy, this is VERY hard for me to do as a nurse. In the medical profession, you are trained to anticipate the road ahead...and yes, statistics scare me! I am always thinking about Coy, what is going on with his body, what could be done differently, what lies ahead of us in this journey....(I must admit I am very scared!) However I asked God to take this out of me today!

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7

Surprisingly at the hospital today, my entire outlook/ attitude was different. I had this feeling that "everything will be okay." God gave me peace at his bedside; I was able to just reach my hand in his little house and and lay it on his back while he slept (his saturations went up!). Jesus is with my baby boy and has given peace to Chris and I.

So they still don't know where the infection is coming from because none of the cultures have grown anything, but they still suspect sepsis due to the abnormal CBC & CRP; I am happy to
report that Coy was very active today! He was feisty again! That's a good sign! His lungs are still "wet"...he was given Lasix today to try to get rid of some of it...he is also having some yellow, thick mucous coming out when he is suctioned..this was sent off yesterday for a think small possibility of pneumonia...he is on 2 broad spectrum antibiotics to cover most all possible bugs...please continue to pray that Coy is infection free soon and
stays that way! They stopped Coy's feedings today temporarily due to something they saw on an xray that didn't look says this is just precautionary...thinks it might be due to sepsis...

Please continue to pray for Coy and his healing! He is such a fighter! As the doctor told us today,
he believes Coy is alive due to a true miracle; said Coy has defied the odds; he is impressed with our mighty warrior! I smile because I know the Lord has given us this baby, given us this day...

Also, please pray for our new niece and nephew, Macey and Thomas, who were born in Austin, Texas on Friday! They were born at 35 weeks and are in the NICU as well! They are so adorable and look just like their parents! We can't wait to meet them!


Renee Miller said...

I will be praying extra hard tonight for you, Chris, Coy, Thomas and his wife and the TWINS. God is good and I am so thankful to see him work though you during this hard time. Love ya!!!

Renee Miller

Amanda said...

I'm praying against that pneumonia and asking God to remove that fluid from his lungs. Glad to hear he is feisty again!

Lil' Jay & Family said...

I'm a mother of a 27 weeker who also lived the life of a roller coaster. As you have simply put's one step forward two steps back. I've followed Coy on this blog since he was born and I am amazed at how much love that God has poured over your family as well as every nurse and doctor while taking care of Coy. God IS good and he works in miraculous ways. Stay strong because everyday is "a new day!" A NEW something to look forward to but sometimes we just don't know what that thing is. God as a reason and he is our reason for "a new day." Take care and glad to hear that he is perking back up. God Bless....Always Tracey

sherrillfamily said...

love that pic at the bottom of the latest blog!
We are constantly thinking and praying for you guys.

john and kelly

rachel-joycomesinthemorning said...

I have heard about your blog from a friend of mine and your family has been in my prayers since. The following healing scriptures are those that Dodie Osteen stood on when she was diagnosed with liver cancer over 25 years ago...I pray they bless you.

Healing Scriptures
Exodus 15:26
He said, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you."

Exodus 23:25
Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you.

Deuteronomy 7:15
The LORD will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt…

Deuteronomy 28:1-14, 61
If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock--the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways. Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will fear you. The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity--in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground--in the land he swore to your forefathers to give you. The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.
The LORD will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law, until you are destroyed.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20
This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

I Kings 8:56
Praise be to the LORD, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.

Psalm 91:16
With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.

Psalm 103:3
Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits--who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.

Psalm 107:20
He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.

Psalm 118:17
I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.

Proverbs 4:20-23
My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 53:4-5
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Jeremiah 1:12
The LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled."

Jeremiah 30:17
But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,' declares the LORD, `because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.'

Joel 3:10
Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, `I am strong!`

Nahum 1:9
Whatever they plot against the LORD he will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time.

Matthew 8:2-3
A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.

Matthew 8:17
This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases."

Matthew 18:18-19
"I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.

Matthew 21:21
Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, `Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done.

Mark 11:23-24
"I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, `Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Mark 16:17-18
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."

John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Romans 4:17-21
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be." Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead--since he was about a hundred years old--and that Sarah's womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

Romans 8:11
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

II Corinthians 10:4-5
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Galatians 3:13-14
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Ephesians 6:10-17
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Philippians 2:13
...for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

II Timothy 1:7
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 10:35
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

Hebrews 11:11
By faith Abraham, even though he was past age--and Sarah herself was barren--was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

James 5:14-15
Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.

I Peter 2:24
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

I John 3:21-22
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.

III John 2
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

Revelations 12:11
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

I am Trish Marie said...

It has been a few days since I checked on Coy. The pictures you have of Coy are just beautiful. Emmi was sitting in my lap when I was looking at the pictures. She saw the one of his hand and started saying, "I love you" (even with the cochlear implants, she still uses ASL quite a bit). After that, I saw your caption of the picture! Perfect.

I hope you are holding up well. You have such an amazing outlook. I firmly believe that God gives these miracle children to special parents. Because we have to be strong. And strong-willed. We have to be fighters. But we have to do it all with compassion. It is not something everyone can handle. I am so proud of your attitude. After years of battling with Emmi's health, I get dragged down sometimes. Then I read your words, and I remember, we were selected. We were chosen. God said, "This mom can handle this." The post about the doctor calling you unlucky, really hit home for me. You are right. You are lucky. And how a person can see that considering the circumstances is amazing. It says so much about you.

I hope Thomas's children are doing well also. They certainly are cute!

susan said...

This is my first trip to your blog. I learned about it thourhg prayforjoseph blog spot. Joseph is the grandson of two of our best friends. I went to read your blog and was amazed that your blog is about a preemie. I wish you all the very best in the world with Coy. I do know what you are going through, a total roller coaster. My daughter-in-law gave birth on November 25th to twin babies, a boy, Liam and a girl, Emma at 26 weeks. Unfortunately they were not lucky enough to survive. They were perfect but just too small. I will include Coy in my prayers every day. May all of you get through this and enjoy a full life together

Robyn said...

Don't know how the night went, but I was up praying for Coy from about 4:15-5am. I hope it helps to know that Coy is prayed for round-the-clock.
Even my 10 year old logs onto the site to check on Coy. I didn't realize he is praying for Coy, too. He wants you to have fun with Coy like he has with his brother & sister. He can't wait for Coy to come home, talk and walk.
Much love,

Karen said...

Chris and Ann Marie,
My mom sent me the link to your blog this weekend, and my heart goes out to you as I read each post. I'll be praying for the two of you and for precious Coy. His love can do miraculous things, just continue to stay faithful and positive.
Much love and my best wishes,
Karen (Rugaard) Amacker

meredith said...

You don't know me, but I found your blog through a friend. I am praying for your family tonight. You have a beautiful, handsome little man.

Debz said...

I have been following your site since it was first sent to me through Kingwood Underground, I wrote something for him that I find myself saying daily. You have unbelievable strength and faith and I pray that it continues.
Here's what I wrote:-

Baby Coy,
You are surrounded by so much love
What a fighter you are
I pray that you continue this fight
For you are a dear, dear child
Fight Baby, Fight
Mom & Dad await your arrival home.
Prayers continue and shine down on you
In the house of the Lord the angels look down and spread their wings to surround you with their healing power
Absorb it sweet boy, savour it and fight, for you are loved.
God Bless

Penalozas said...

God give you guys and baby Coy strength to fight this battle and let you recall this difficult times when everything is back to normal.
You are in our payers and we wonder everyday how he is progressing.
Let God to take care of the situation and just pray.
God bless you.

esperanza said...

I wish I could tell you something that will make you feel better... The truth is you have God and your faith is going to keep you strong and wise enough to guide you through this rough road. I keep having Coy in my prayers every day. I wish you could keep the archangel raphael in your prayers, maybe if you could talk to him or write to him if you please... I know him and I know he is going to be next to Coy on his little house and you are going to be able to see him and feel him... believe me ... I check your blog every day and still it is hard for me to find words that could make you feel better. We keep praying for your little peanut everyday. We pray we pray we pray....God is listening... I know that

Debz said...

Ann Marie and Chris,

I continue to follow your blog and pray for Coy each and everyday - You are such an inspiration and the love you feel for your son is evident in your writing - Kingwood Underground has a prayer mission going on for Baby Coy and we will continue.
Your son is precious and I enjoy watching him grow, he has angels surrounding him and he is a fighter I believe that in my heart.
God Bless to all of you.