As I write this, Beth and Jerard are at the hospital checking in for the fifth hospital stay. Jerard's fifth surgery is scheduled for tomorrow at 1pm to install a second shunt (actually the third, but the first had to be removed at the last hospital stay due to infection).
Please pray for the effectiveness of this new shunt. We are praying that this will be the final surgery and hospitaliztion for a long time and that the shunt will work as it is supposed to. Please also pray that Jerard may remain infection free and that the hospitalization will be relatively short. The doctor thought that we might be out by Saturday or Sunday as long as there were no complications.
April 26 James and Jerard are 6 months old!
3 days shy of 6 months old
May God continue to bless them and may they grow in His wisdom and His grace. May they always seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness. May God continue to grant us the wisdom we need to raise all of our children in His ways. We thank God for bringing James and Jerard into our family.
How they've changed!
2 months - a day or two after we received the boys. They were not healthy or happy at that point.
4 1/2 months
Jerard had his stitches out today.
The soft spot on his head is bulging and hard -
pressure build up -
one shunt not enough. The doctor wants to get a 2nd shunt in soon......so probably next week we will be back in the hospital to put in a second shunt.
Tomorrow he has an ultrasound, a cerebral fluid tap, and blood work for the immunoassay work up. The doctor wants to make sure the cerebral fluid is clear of infection prior to installing another shunt.
Keep us in your prayers.
Yes, we photograph the other four, too!
Ben loves to play with James.
Kirsten loves to show off her new brother!
Mikayla is enjoying playing football (as it is called here!) Their team played one game this season. It is a new joint middle/high school girls team. Next season they will have many more games.
The Faith Academy Team played against an Indonesian School here and won 5 - 0.
Kirsten on our recent boat trip
Ben on our recent boat trip.
A view of Davao from the harbor.
Mikayla helping me in the kitchen. She is cutting up mango - our new favorite fruit!!!!
Kurt, eating popcorn!
Me in the ocean. Yes, I do exist!!!
We were pleasantly surprised Saturday morning when the doctor came in and said Jerard could go home with a heparin lock to continue the IV medicine through this coming Friday.
He was seen by an immunologist the day before discharge.
The doctors are wondering why, when he gets one illness such as a urinary tract infection, his whole body becomes ill and he ends up with meningitis or sepsis or ventricleitis.
He will have blood work done on Wednesday for an immunoassay test. The blood will be sent to Manila for testing and we will receive the results in 3 - 5 weeks after testing.
At this time, the one shunt in Jerard's head seems to be handling the draining of the ventricles. He is on a medicine that decreases the amount of cerebral fluid being made so when that is discontinued in a few days, then we and the doctors will have a clearer idea if the one shunt is handling everything or not. He will be closely monitored by the doctors for the next 3 - 4 weeks.
If the one shunt is not handling all the drainage then there would be a need to put in a second shunt.
So tomorrow I will blog about the activities of our other kids.
Keep us in your prayers. It is really nice to be out of the hospital.
Jerard has spend 49 days of his young life in the hospital so far.