A Needed Break

On Saturday we took a needed break from hospitals and doctors and went on a snorkeling boat trip. We left the twins with yayas (baby watchers) and went out on a boat called the Flying Squid (pictured above). We had a great time!

Kirsten and Ben swimming off the side of the boat which was anchored over a coral reef.

Mikayla and Kurt snorkeling. The coral and fish are stunning.

We stopped for a picnic lunch at Talicud island.

Eating lunch and spending time with friends.

After lunch we stopped at a dive spot called "The Wall" which is named after the beautiful sheer drop off just about 20 feet from the shore.

This is the coral under the boat in about 5 or 6 feet of water. It looked much better under the water, believe me.

What is a boat trip without a funny face from your daughter!

One week Post-op update

At today's one week post-op check up the paediatrician found no evidence of pneumonia in Jerard!
Jerard will have a CT scan next week to check on the shunt placement. Our prayer is all will be well and no surgeries will be needed anytime soon.

The Guys

Thought I'd share a few pictures of the guys in our family.

We were blessed with the gift of a rocking chair. The boys are really enjoying being rocked in it. Ben found it comfotable enough to sleep in one night!!! Kurt and I are thankful for the nice chair!

One night, James was fussing so Ben took him into his bed, read him a story, and was singing "Twinkle, Twinkle, little star" to his brother. It melted this momma's heart!!!

Kurt with James and Jerard shortly after we arrived home from the last hospital stay.

Jerard is Home!!!

Today the doctors allowed us to take Jerard home from the hospital. This time he was hospitalized for 13 days during which time he had two operations. By God's grace he was well enough to go home, though he does have a case of pneumonia right now so please pray about that. On the way out the nurses all wanted pictures of Jerard to remember him by. They grew pretty attached to him.

James on the left and Jerard on the right. James is 7.7 kilos and Jerard is 4.7 kilos right now (17 and 10 pounds respectively). By the way, they are 5 months old as of a few days ago.

Thank you for everyone's prayers for Jerard and our family. We really needed God's grace and we received just what we needed. We have been blessed.

Surgery Results

Thank you for your prayers -- the surgery was a success!

The surgery took about 7 hours and was done with an endoscope which means that the incisions were quite small. A shunt (drainage tube) was placed into the problematic cyst that is located in the center of his skull on top of the spinal cord. The shunt also traversed the back right of the skull were another pocket of fluid was located that needed draining. Therefore, the shunt will drain both of those fluid cavities. The shunt was then run down to his abdomen so now Jerard has two shunts that run from his head to his abdomen.

In addition, another temporary tube was inserted to drain the back left of his skull into an external bag. The doctor hopes to remove this tube in the next day or two after confirming that the back left pocket of fluid is draining properly via one of the other shunt systems.

Right now Jerard is awake and hungry though they might not let him eat until the morning (it is 7pm here) because he was anesthetized for so long. Beth is with Jerard right now.

Our hope is that these shunts will work as they need to and that Jerard will be cleared to leave the hospital in 3 to 5 days. Please pray with us along these lines and that no infections set in.