A Little Something Extra

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wednesday Micah update

Here's what we know this morning:
  • Micah is completely off blood pressure medications and his pressures are doing great.
  • The docs are trying to manage his diuretics to reduce his fluid level, but not too quickly.
  • Fluid around his left lung has decreased but it is still not completely clear.
  • They took him off the "roc" (rocuronium bromide... kept him from moving), but he was moving around too much last night (he's not awake... it's more like twitching) and they were concerned about all of his lines and tubes being compromised so they put him back on it last night.
  • Micah's vitals look great.  His skin tone is back to "normal" (almost getting pale, actually).  He's performing well in his lead role in "The Incredible Shrinking Baby."
  • They're starting to feed him through his g-tube this morning (roughly 3cc's/hour, which is about 1/10th of an ounce).
Next steps:
  • Start removing peripheral lines and the chest tube
  • Continue to reduce the assistance of the ventilator (he's taking a few breaths on his own)
  • Hopefully take him off the ventilator this weekend
  • Increase his sedation so that they can decrease the "roc" and enable him to breathe more on his own
Specific prayer requests:
  • Micah still has a lot of secretions in his lungs and we'd like that to diminish.
  • Continued fluid reduction, specifically 200-300 cc's per shift, which is 7-10 ounces
  • Tolerate (and increase) the feeds through his feeding tube so that he can get off the TPN (total parental nutrition... it's nutrition given through an IV... can have some side effects)
  • Intestines to kick in and digest the food that's going into his tube
Thanks for your prayers, everyone. We are so very thankful for the life of our little boy.

Mom update: My mom is being moved from the hospital to a rehab center today, where she will likely stay for 5-7 days.  Thankfully, the place is close to our house.  Her ankle will not be casted for 2 whole weeks.  Yes, it was quite a set of breaks.


sara p said...

so many good things:) but i will continue to pray for micah, thanks agian for the updates, i feel like i haven't left mt computers side since saturday:)

Jamie said...

We will continue to pray for Micah. We are so happy to hear that he is making good progress, and we pray that he continues to get better each day.

Jamie, Tony, Tristyn & Madilyn Carpenter.

Carrie said...

I'm glad to hear he is doing better--we'll keep praying for him, your mom, and the rest of you. Hugs!!

Anonymous said...

Grateful to hear everyone is doing better. I've been following the updates closely since Saturday and wish the family the best.
-Kelly M.

Heidi said...

I'm so glad that Micah is doing better. He will continue to be in my prayers as well as your Mom.

Aaron said...

We continue to pray for you guys..my kids are asking daily how Micah is doing...thanks for the up dates, blessings! Joannie

my family said...

wow the incredible shrinking baby, sounds like a movie or a book, lol. so happy to hear everything seems to be doing better I know you all still have a way to go but leave it in God's hands and He will do the rest. You ALL are in my prayers. thank you for your updates

Anonymous said...

I just read about Micah on my forum and came here to see updates. So glad he's doing better! He's got a ways to go yet, but we're praying that he'll continue to improve. Anything is possible with God; once again we are all shown that.
Also, praying your mother's ankle heals well.
-Mark, Ruthann, Micah

Michelle Z said...

Thanks for the update, Jennie - we've all been so worried about Micah! (and now your mom, too!)

SO glad to hear he's doing better!

Lacey said...

Look at that boy go! Keep it up and we'll keep praying that he continue's to do well!

The Allberts said...

Jennie and Mark, I was a wreck on Sunday when I read your status update. What an amazing God we have! You are right, He has GREAT plans for Micah and is once again using his life to draw others closer to him. I am so grateful for his continued improvement. He looks even better today. We are continuing to pray for him (and you as you endure the walls of the hospital). Keep us posted. Love, The Allberts

Emma Claire said...

I know you don't know us, but I have followed your blog since the birth of Micah. We are friends of Amy and Jeff. Your family is being prayed for daily. I am praying for continued healing for sweet Micah and the Lord to sustain you all as well.

Deb Iams said...

This sounds like the best of news, given the situation! The FCC family in Springfield (as well as the theatre community) is sending many prayers for you all. Pat F. only has your mom's cell, which may have charging issues?, and wanted to hear from her - others wanted an address for cards - I am on Facebook, if you want to message me, or let Pat know. Love & Hugs!

Monica Crumley said...

Little guy is in our prayers! I'm glad things are moving positively for him and that he continues to improve. Prayers for all of you!

Tina said...

Continue to pray for sweet Micah...but such a relief to hear that things are looking better, Micah has been in my thoughts continously

Anonymous said...

Mark and Jenny, we wanted to let you know that you are being prayed for way over here in Papua New Guinea. Andy and Colleen let us know what is happening in your family. Our couples' Bible study met Tues. night and prayed for all of you, esp. Micah and your mom. Will continue to pray. Glad to have the update and good news to share next week when we meet again. Blessings, Jim and Sheryl