Thursday, March 15, 2007

March 15, 2007

"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16

I was finally able to hold Kyle again today...we did Kangaroo Care for 4 1/2 hours! Today was a good day, a very quiet one, spent cuddling. Just what we needed before Kyle's surgery tomorrow morning.

The anesthesiologist is scheduled to see Kyle at 6:15 AM tomorrow and the surgery will begin at 7:00. There was some discussion amongst the doctors as to whether or not Kyle would be moved back to the "big house" for the procedure or be able to stay in his private room. It was agreed that he can stay in his private room, however, for 24 hours after his surgery he will have his own private nurse (it is usually a ratio of 1 nurse to every 2 babies). This evening Kyle was moved from his isolette into another style isolette that basically does not have a top to it, which will allow the surgeon easier access to him. Kyle is kept warm from large heat lamps placed above him. His feedings are scheduled to be stopped at 10:00 PM this evening at which time he will resume IV fluids. Kyle received a blood transfusion last night, and the nurse was able to leave in his IV so that he doesn't need to be poked again. The IV is inserted in his forehead, as again the nurses were unable to use a vein in his arm. An IV in his head looks scary and uncomfortable to me, however the staff at the hospital assures me it is not any more painful than an IV in his arm. They said in fact it may be a little easier for him to tolerate because he moves his head a lot less than his arms. Still, I am having trouble getting used to it.

The picture posted above is of a painting hanging in the hospital's lobby. I'm not sure how clear it is, but it is a picture of Jesus guiding a surgeons hands. It has brought me comfort today. No matter what happens, baby Kyle is in the best hands possible: the Lords. May God continue to give the NICU staff the strength, courage, understanding, and intelligence to do the wonderful work they do.

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers regarding Kyle's surgery. I will keep you posted as to how it goes.

In Christ Alone,

Jennifer, Joe, Madison and Kyle


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jennifer!!
I hope this day was a happy one for you since Kyle continues to thrive. I am so glad that you are able to be so involved in his care. I am praying that his surgery tomorrow is "quick and easy" and that he recovers without any setbacks. I hope this year brings you much joy and I hope that joy will be increased with each milestone Kyle meets. I will be thinking of you both early tomorrow during Kyle's surgery.
Much love to you!
Aunt Kathie

Joe Sr. said...

Dear Jennifer, Joe, and Madison,

This beautiful child has been a gift to all of us, bringing together family and friends, from all over the country, in prayer and in love.

We know Kyle's surgery will go well, as the Lord has been with him since the day of his birth.

We love you, and you are all in our thoughts and prayers, today and always.

Angela, Dad, and Katie

Anonymous said...

May your kindness, Lord, be upon us; we have put our hope in You.

Psalm 33:22

Anonymous said...

Jennifer, I am praying that Kyle continues to respond favorably to treatment as he has so far. The picture of Jesus guiding the hands of the surgeon is powerful. And, even more special is that He is able to hold Kyle in his embrace at the same time. Kyle knows already how deeply he is loved and this must give him comfort we cannot possibly comprehend or he would not fight so hard to thrive!
Praying at this very moment, Laura