Thursday, April 12, 2007

April 12, 2007

"If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?...In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost." Matthew 18:12-14

Kyle continues to fight his infection and seems to be doing better. To be safe, the doctors are going to keep him on his antibiotics until next Tuesday to give him a full seven days on his newest medication. The plan until then is just to help him grow as much as possible. To assist him in gaining weight, the doctors increased the amount of calories that are added to Kyle's breast milk. He gets 6 ounces of breast milk a day, supplemented with a fortifier to boost each ounce from 20 calories to 27. (The fortifier also adds some vitamins and minerals that preemies need but that are missing from breast milk.) In addition to the 144 calories he gets via his feedings, he also gets a fatty oil, potassium and sodium supplement every day. All of this goes in through the feeding tube that is inserted in his mouth. Right now he gets "continuous feeds," meaning that the fortified breast milk is being pumped into him at a constant rate, 24/7. When he gets bigger and older the continuous feeding will be replaced by feedings at short intervals. The doctor said that the fact that he is able to take lots of breast milk and nutrition is extremely helpful, and not something that always goes well for babies of his size.

Once Kyle has finished his antibiotics, his doctor would like to try him on a few days of steroids to assist him in coming off of the ventilator. Joe and I have mixed emotions about this. We are frustrated with Kyle still being on the ventilator and want to get him off, but we were told originally that steroids are reserved for the sickest babies and would only be used as a last resort. It is disappointing that Kyle now falls into this category. The steroids seem to have great results, but also come with a risk of side effects, one of them being brain damage. We just have to continue to pray and to trust the Lord.

We are truly blessed to have such supportive and caring family & friends. We enjoy reading your postings and look forward to sharing them with Kyle when he's older!!!

God Bless You All,

Jennifer, Joe, Madison and Kyle


Anonymous said...


Dear Jenny & all
The picture of Kyle is so good, he looks like he has grown so much, but I know he is not as big as he looks.His little yellow diaper is cute to for a change instead of white. He is a beautiful baby.

We all will be praying for him that maybe some extra antibiotics will help to clear up his infection. Also be praying that he won't have to have the steriods and he will be able to get off the ventilator on his own. Like you said we just have to trust the Lord to take care of him. I know there are so many people all over the world praying for him, people you all don't even know, and the Lord is able to do all things, so we will just have to trust Him with Kyle.He made him from the start and He can do all things and in His own time.Sometimes it is so hard to understand, I know because I have been there.

Jenny we will be praying for you and Joe also as I know how hard things like this is since I have been there also. Try and get some rest and we will just trust the Lord to watch over Kyle and make him well soon. I love you all and pray for you all the time. God bless you all.

Love & Prayers,Aunt Sandra, Aunt Jean & Aunt Ruth

Anonymous said...

Jennifer, Have you asked if Kyle needing the steroids at this stage is still an indication that he is in the most risky of categories? Hopefully, they were only referring to the first few weeks.....Meanwhile, it has sounded as though he does done well in so many other areas such as with his vision and his digestion and physical growth. We want so much for him to be responsive to all treatments, thriving and able to come home to Ohio soon! Laura

Cat said...

Jenny and family

Our hearts are full of love for you and baby Kyle.

Rose, Andrew, Cat and El
Your Australian family