Three Peas In A Pod

The wild and crazy ride of raising our triplets: Rowan, Eli, and Finn!

A few positive thoughts needed June 20, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — patricktatertots @ 12:01 pm

The last few days have been a little more eventful, but for the most part things are still going beautifully.  We got the results of the cranial scans and Rowan and Finn’s were completely “unremarkable” meaning they were all clear.  Elliott showed up with a grade 2 IVH or in layman’s terms a very small spot of bleeding on the left ventricle of the brain.  We are remaining positive and upbeat about this and are hopeful it will continue to downgrade and resolve over the next week; he will have his scan repeated every Monday until it is fully resolved.  Rowan and Finn will have their scans repeated at 4 weeks of age just to ensure that nothing new has developed.

Also as expected, all of the boys are now at full feeds and Rowan and Finn have had all IV fluids discontinued and no longer have any IV lines or sites at all.  Eli is also at full feeds and they are running just enough fluids to keep his one umbilical line open; they fluctuate back and forth about pulling his one remaining line or leaving it in for a few more days.

When we went to see the boys this morning, Susan, Eli’s nurse, told us he had been having lots of spells during his feeds and that they were going to run some labwork and blood cultures to ensure that he didn’t have an infection.  Rowan and Finn were rocking along just fine and Ross and I also held Rowan for a while.  He was wide awake for most of it and we got to spend some good time chatting.  The time spent holding the boys does more for my recovery than anything else; it really does feel like the rest of the world falls away once they put those little boys in your arms.

After Ross and I had made it back to the house, I received a call from Eli’s doctor in the NICU asking for consent to do a lumbar puncture; some of his lab work came back high and showing an infection so they want to get some more information on what we are up against.  They have already started him on some antibiotics and will adjust accordingly based on his lab results.  I ask for prayers that this is just a small bump in the road and will pass in a flash; please keep little Eli in your mind and also me and Ross as we continue to work our way through this stressful time.

As for me, my infection is still hanging around but the team at LSU is really trying to hold off on any aggressive actions such as re-opening the incision or making a new one.  I will continue to follow up with Dr. Barrow until we can reach a resolution.  And in other big news, Ross officially started his residency training today; he will have orientation all next week and then he will be unleashed on the unsuspecting public!  His first rotation will be the labor unit which we have had all to much experience with.  So as ya’ll can see, things are quite busy at our household, but for the most part we are hanging in pretty good.  A huge thanks to everyone for their continued thoughts and prayers; they are extremely comforting during this tough time.

Lots of love, Renita

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4 Responses to “A few positive thoughts needed”

  1. Christina Nguyen Says:

    Hey girl,
    I am glad to see a new post since I haven’t spoke to you in the last two days. I will call you this weekend to see how things are going, and as always you are in my prayers!

    Love Ya,
    Christina

  2. Mammaw Parker Says:

    Hey Sweeheart,
    I am sad reading about Eli not being the best. I know with God’s care he wil soon be up to par. Just you get to feeling better. Sometimes with pills it takes a little longer for healing to start. Hang in there sugar. we are praying for all of you. Love, Mammaw snf Pappaw

  3. Anthony and Mary Utley Says:

    I know you have probably already seen this, but I thought of all of you today, and I thought it would be a good reading……

    A newborn’s conversation with God

    A baby asked God, ‘They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?’ God said, ‘Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you.’

    The child further inquired, ‘But tell me, here in heaven I don’t have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy.’ God said, ‘Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel’s love and be very happy.’

    Again the child asked, ‘And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don’t know the language?’ God said, ‘Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.’

    ‘And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?’ God said, ‘Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.’

    ‘Who will protect me?’ God said, ‘Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life.’

    ‘But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.’ God said, ‘Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you.’

    At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, ‘God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel’s name.’

    God said, ‘You will simply call her, ‘Mom

  4. My heart goes out to you guys! I know all too well the never-ending exhaustion you are feeling right now, and to have an infection on top of that. Continuing to keep you in my prayers . . .


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