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We are a family of fifteen: eight already with Jesus and seven in desperate need of Him. This is the story God is writing in our lives. Proverbs 16:9

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Attack of RSV

Micah was able to travel to Minneapolis this past weekend to be a part of the installation service for our friend Jason who has accepted the position of Pastor of Preaching and Vision for Bethlehem Baptist Church.  I was so glad he could attend.  While he was on his way to the airport, Isaac began running a fever and having respiratory issues.  The girls had colds as well but Isaac's history tells us he can have a bit more trouble sometimes.  I took him to the doctor who said the illness would just have to run its course so I continued to nurse him as well as the girls throughout the weekend. He (as in they... because they share everything) was confirmed to have a virus and we went back home.

By the time Micah arrived home on Monday morning, Isaac was much worse.  After being evaluated at the ER, he was admitted to Kosair Children's Hospital with a diagnosis of RSV.

After being here two days, we truly believe the worst has passed.  They are unable to treat RSV with medication but can treat the symptoms.  He receives deep suction (ick---poor guy) and IV fluids.  He is also on oxygen.

Our prayer requests are the following:

 *That Isaac can come off oxygen completely.  So far, the attempts to remove him have been unsuccessful.  If he is weaned too quickly and his body isn't strong enough and unaffected enough by the illness to kick in, he can move backward in his progress.  At the same time, he needs to be able to support himself.

  *That he will begin eating and drinking. He has only had a minimal amount of food and very little fluids orally while here at the hospital.  I did realize today that he preferred his own bottles from home.  He is already doing some better with something more familiar.

  *That the girls would continue to tough it out at home well.  They are dealing with the virus much better than our Isaac boy thus far.

  *For Andrew and Elijah as they are in the middle of all this mess of sickness and uncertainty.  Although, having exhausted parents does have its perks.  Two evenings ago, Micah told the boys they could all watch a movie together on the couch.  Micah fell asleep and awoke at 2 a.m. only to find Andrew on his 3rd movie!!! Crazy boy.

  *For Micah and for me.  I did have a bought of sickness while staying at the hospital with Isaac but thankfully, it was short-lived. He and I are trying to trade places, with him primarily at home and me at the hospital.

  *For caregivers that stay with the four at home while he and I travel back and forth. We are so thankful for Ms. Janet, Benjamin, Kala, and Ms. Wendy for exposing themselves to sickness for the sake of helping us out. They have gone above and beyond.  We pray they stay well.   

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