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wife. mom. adjunct professor. we homeschool. i'm a little bit OCD. i love math. bright colors and geometric designs make me drool. we live with a medical rarity, and Jesus saved his life. through that, Jesus is changing us. The american dream and status quo is overrated...and sometimes just plain wrong. our lives, our family, our careers, our faith are all now filtered through a new lens-- thank you Jesus. welcome to our crazy. feel free to take some of it with you, we have plenty to go around.
It's not the load that breaks you down; it's the way you carry it.
-- Lena Horne

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.-- Jesus Christ

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

sixth time the charm?

so...we're in our new room back on the 8th floor. This is our sixth move so far. Twice we've been in ICU, so idk if you can count those as "moves" b/c we had to go there (and loved it- everyone there is great.)...but four times we've been moved to regular rooms....Tonight is already looking up, b/c our nurse is someone we've had before and who is familiar with us and Ridge...and has even read the blog and been praying for Ridge! :) She was with us the night Ridge first started to actively bleed two weeks ago...we didn't know that's what was happening until the next day, though. She was so patient and calm as we were dealing with a stressful mess at 2 or 3 in the morning that here's my shout out to Susan-- we're glad you are/were our first nurse on 8 this time around!

Ridge's hemoglobin is slowly creeping down-- he was at an 8.2 I think around 8 tonight. they will check again at midnight and possibly have to give blood.

The platelets were given today, but when the procedure was started, the nurses doing the procedure couldn't find a vein for the line they were trying to place. So...we had platelets and some sedation given, but nothing came of it. Ridge is almost down to one line-- his new broviac catheter in his chest. That is scary to me, b/c that is where he receives his meds, and if he only has that one line, those permanent meds must be disconnected if he needs to be transfused. I don't like that idea. My husband says that probably...he (Ridge) won't even need two lines so to stop worrying about it. It's a good thing we have one another, b/c w/o fail it seems the things I worry about, he has a peace or greater faith than I do there...and when I am calm and have faith it seems he is worried....but under it all, we both know God is in control...sounds so cliche...but really, we know it to be true. So we press on.

Tonight Ridge has been so fussy, and he's like a bottomless pit when he eats...seriously, the kid is wanting to eat constantly and is taking in at least double what he normally takes in. I'm chalking it up to the steroids, but idk if they'd really make him THAT hungry. Ridge also pooped on my leg tonight, so that was fun....I hope my jeans come clean after that incident....
Brandon's grandma and great aunt are here, and Nanny brought us some good supper tonight, so that was a nice nice surprise!
Sleep is begging me right now, so I'm signing off. Keep those prayers coming. We need them, every moment of every day!

Praying that God will show His power and majesty,



Megan P said...

Continuing to pray for you all and baby Ridge!

Anonymous said...

Alisha, we continue to pray for Ridge, for you, for Brandon and for Sawyer. You are a wonderful mother and advocate for that baby. We hold Ridge in our prayers a day at a time if that is what it takes. We will continue to pray for strength, healing and rest for all of you through His power! Laurie

Anonymous said...

TRUST in The LORD with ALL YOUR heart, LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN understanding, in ALL YOUR WAYS acknowledge Him and HE SHALL DIRECT your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (capitals are to be recognized, not loud.)Peace, be still. a friend of God's, Karenlee

Alice said...

Ridge is constantly in our prayers. Last night David and I both woke up at 1:30 and were lifting up baby Ridge. We were reminded of the verse that tells us that Christ has been set above every name that is named (MLT).That all things have been put under His feet! We are standing firm that God's Word is the Truth!!! Alice