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Saturday, December 27, 2008

12 days old...

Connor with both eyes open on Christmas Eve - December 24, 2008

Friday was not a good day for our little boy. Early in the morning, we received a call from the NICU saying that Connor had developed NEC during the night. Brian and I rushed down there, and learned more of his prognosis from the doctors. They told us that they caught it early, before any damage was done, but that he was very, very sick. Such a change from the day before! When we got there he was so pale and weak. We authorized a blood transfusion, and slowly saw him pink up. We watched him for several hours, and over time noticed that he would stop breathing periodically, like he was holding his breath every time his belly hurt. Mid-afternoon, his doctors determined that it was time to put him on a ventilator, so that he wouldn't have to work so hard at breathing... allowing his tiny body to rest and heal. For a little one who had been doing so well at breathing on his own, this was a difficult step backwards. As treatment for the NEC, he's received several x-rays and is now on 3 different antibiotics, they've stopped his feedings, and they're monitoring his fluids. It may be 7-10 days before we know how he's progressing through the illness... which we hope and pray that by then he's well on the road to recovery.

Meanwhile, Connor had several visitors throughout the day... Grandma & Grandpa Sprik arrived from Michigan, and Grandma & Grandpa Rogers and Uncle Scott all got to spend some quality time with him. The NICU nurses were great to allow us to bend the visitation rules just a little to allow everyone some time with Connor.

At this time, we ask if you could please continue to remember Connor in your prayers. He needs your prayers now more than ever.

Connor after being put on the ventilator - December 26, 2008

3 comments:

veronica said...

Still praying for sweet little Connor.

"I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you to bear you up." D&C 84:88

Suburban Hippie said...

All of this made me tear up :( I am so sorry for all that you are going through! We will keep you all in our prayers!

Brooks said...

Praying for your baby's health everyday. Just know that He is with Connor too.

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