Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Things are looking up

Matthew is starting on the upswing on things. We is weaned off of his oxygen and they have taken away his continuous drip of pedialyte in his G-button. They drew labs this morning and his white blood cell count in still up. They also drew a lab(a CRP for my medically minded readers) that tells us about infection and that is actually up. They are not sure why because all his other labs tell us that the infection he has is viral. His 1st set of blood cultures came back saying that the bacteria they found was a contaminant (PRAISE THE LORD!!!) and his second set of blood cultures came back negative, so we were able to get rid of one of the strong antibiotics (vancomycin). He still has his IV (for fluids and the other antibiotic); but that is the only tube that we are connected to. He is opening his eyes a lot more and he is eating again at about 75%,so that is good.
I'm thinking we will be going home in the next few days. My dad has come down from South Dakota (Thank you Dad and thanks mom for letting us have him for a couple of days!) to help Steve out with the kids and make meals and such. That is a huge relief for me, as it's hard for Steve to do it all, especially when he's trying to start a business (which by the way is keeping him VERY busy, another THANK YOU praise). I hated to see my Dad drive so far, but it is a huge relief!
So basically, I think we're on the up swing. Hopefully it won't be long and we'll be home-sweet-home again {and this time for a LONG time}

P.S. sorry for the lack of pictures. I left my camera at home!


Anonymous said...

Jill - I am SO GLAD to read things are looking UP!!! Praise the Lord! How awesome that your dad is here in town helping out while you and little Matthew are in the hospital. I'm sure you are thankful for loving family at times like these. Take care and know that we are lifting your family AND Matthew up in our prayers to our wonderful Heavenly Father.

Shelly H.

Josephine said...

Oh this is great! I'm so glad that everything is starting to look better, and that little Matthew is starting to be a little more like himself.

Kristen said...

This is encouraging news! I pray it keeps looking up and up...and home is right around the corner!

What a special dad you have to drive so far to come be there and help out. He sounds very dependable. What a blessing!

Sherri said...

Hey, not so bad! I'm so glad to hear things are getting better for the little man! What a blessing to have your Dad help with the kids and I'm so glad to hear Steve's business is still doing well. You can make up for the pictures when you get home :) Hopefully soon!

Holly said...

Hi Jill,

What a relief that your time in the hospital should be over soon. Little Matthew and you both deserve a long, wonderful rest at home! Jeremy and I both read your blog re: Matthew's progress, and will be praying for your family.

I came across this article while searching a low milk supply that was interesting, if nothing else. It discusses using a craniosacral therapist or pediatric chiropractor for various issues, such as gagging when the mouth is touched, difficulties with a good latch, etc. I'm not sure how much might be of interest to you, but Matthew popped into my head as I was reading it. The article is at:

Please let me know if we can help with anything!!! I'd love to help in any way possible.

God Bless!