Friday, January 23, 2009

Baby Drew Update

Good news! Rob and I went to see Drew in the NICU around 11:00 today. They pumped his tummy and found only milk and stomach juices. They also inserted a tube all the way down to his belly. They were able to hook a syringe to the end of the tube and suck out anything that his stomach might produce (looking for any more blood clots). When we arrived, he was hooked up to all kinds of monitors and was in a heated bed to keep his temperature up (it had dropped a bit this morning). The doctor came up and told us that they had tested the blood clots, and that they were maternal...meaning they came from me. Whew! She said that they have two theories of what could have happened. First, I could have had a cyst that popped while he was nursing, and he "sucked" it out while eating. Second, (they said this isn't unheard of in preemie babies) he could have swallowed some of the blood from the c-section...and it just took several days for him to spit it up. This is extremely good news! They are still keeping him in the NICU for at least 48 hours. They have taken some of his blood and sent it off to be cultured (which takes 2 days or so). They said with little ones, you have to be especially careful. They are checking to make sure he doesn't have any type of infection. While we were there, they sucked out his tummy several times...and everything was clear (literally), so they took out the tube. At 2:00 today, I get to begin nursing him again. I will be able to feed him every 3 hours. However, we get kicked out of our room at 11:59 tonight, so we will be having to head home...without our baby. I will be coming back up here first thing in the morning to continue feedings every 3 hours. (He will have to have a bottle of pumped milk while I'm away. Boo.) But there's nowhere for me to I guess I'll be sitting in a chair next to his little bed from sun-up til' sun-down...until he gets to come home. Please continue to pray for us. It's really beginning to hit me that we will be leaving without him. Pray that we would trust the doctors to take good care of him while we are away. Pray for us to have the right words to explain the situation to Ryan. Pray for Drew's test results to come back quickly. Just pray for God's peace to be with us through this crazy time. Again, thanks for your prayers. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful friends and family!


Holly said...

We will definitely be praying :)

hollydarrah said...

Hey Dana,
I'e scrambling all day to get to you on the computer...I just want you to know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers all day. I will continue to lift you up, as well as the other requests you mentioned. I cannot image what you must be going through, but just try to image Jesus there with Drew all night. You try to get some rest so that you can heal well and have the energy to take care of your little men. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you or your family. Love you and rest in Him!!! OOOOXXXX's Holly Darrah

The Blowey Bunch said...

Girl we are praying for ya'll!!!