Friday, December 11, 2009

Nathan's Pediatric Cardiology Appointment

Today is Nathan's 6 month follow up on his Aortic Valve Stenosis.

He had another Echocardiogram, during which he was an angel boy laying still and allowing the technician to get a great test.

We are overwhelming happy to announce that his levels are lower than 6 months ago.
Yes, that means he got BETTER!
His pressure was less. (this is good)
His left ventricle showed No signs of damage (pumping harder to get the blood thru the obstruction can cause the ventricle to thicken)

We got the "no surgery needed for now" verdict along with a great sense of relief that his body has changed dramatically in the last year and his stenosis has improved. It is likely that he could maintain this level for years with no surgical intervention at all.

This means very good things for Nathan.

We want to be sure to credit the Lord for this gift of good news.

For the great many of you who regularly and sincerely pray for our little man, we give you thanks.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snow day!

14 inches was my measurement in our yard.

It was cute last night when I could pull all the kids in the sled. Not so cute when 10 more inches fell overnight and I saw what the snow plow graciously left for us.

We made a snowman as big as Nathan - the next morning you could not see it.

Thank you Lord for this nice cozy warm house to live in and survive those elements!

Pictures of the kids are of the first 4 inches, imagine another 10 on top of that!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Good enough to leave the house

Nathan slept the whole night thru and so did mom.
Amazing what 1 good night sleep can do for ya!

Got some groceries and diapers and felt great to leave the house.
Nathan is improving with each day.
Mom had no reoccurring vomit and feels great from the nights' sleep.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Nathan continues to improve

Lat night Nathan slept 2 stretches of 5 hours each. This was WONDERFUL. He is much happier today and has had no steroids in 2 days. Thank you all for praying for him, he is making progress.

Unfortunately for mom, I was up half the night running to the bathroom to vomit. At least my sickness waited 'til Nathan was getting better. I am able to function ok today, just a little nauseated. I am eating bread and saltines today. No, I am not pregnant, don't even ask such things!

We simply MUST get over this (all of us) before Dec 11. Nathans next Pediatric Cardiology follow up. Please continue to pray for that.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Getting better

Nathan slept a 3 hour stretch last night - the longest stretch in the last 5 nights.

We did not need to go outside in the cold night air last night in order to alleviate his breathing problems either. Mom was happy about this.

He is making some progress. Keeping you posted.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Update on Nathan

Nathan went back to the Dr, more steroids were prescribed.
We are home and our regular Dr is back to normal office hours after the holiday.
Probably we will be done running him into the ER as my Dr is allowing me to administer it at home. We have a great relationship with this MD and she is a mom who knows and trusts me.

Nathan is still really sick, but the ability to give him the meds at home is really going to relieve some stress. He is still sleeping poorly but he is eating and drinking ok now. He still had a fever today.