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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

Monday, October 19, 2009

for your viewing pleasure

Update for today, then pics!
Ridge is still having dark diapers and some brownish spitup.  After the blood transfusion, his counts were higher than they had been, but not as high as a transfusion usually gets him.  Tonight they did another CBC and the hemoglobin was higher, but the platelets were 43K, and they haven't been that low in awhile.  I don't want to lie here, so please know, I'm discouraged by all of this.  I want a turnaround. I don't want to be in the PICU again (and it isn't ONLY bc I want to avoid H1N1)...I just want my baby to get better.  I still know God has chosen this road for us, and for Ridge.  I don't know why, but I know He has.   But this doesn't change the fact that even though I WILL walk it, I want it to be different.  I want Ridge to be better.  I want the bleeding to completely stop.  But enough of that for now- check out some pics.

so, ridge had to get some blood last night.  it dawned on me that some of you probably don't know exactly what any of this looks like, even though you might give blood frequently, or maybe you even gave blood for ridge.  so here, let me enlighten you.

the blood runs from the bag to the line to the tube thing then into the line some more which goes into the gray and purple box which is the pump that pumps the blood through the line into ridge's central line, which is above his left nipple.  yep.  on, and the picture above on the right is upside down.  it was either see the blood upside down or the label, and you can see which way i chose.  

there it is.  someone's beautiful o negative blood was given and made ridge's most recent transfusion possible. thank you, blood donors!
this is what ridge looked like while he was getting the blood. happy happy beautiful boy.


this is what ridge looked like a few minutes ago, because he loves me....if you can't tell by the subliminal message on his shirt.
                                          

and finally, here is another picture of ridge. simply because i think he is the most beautiful baby Ridge ever.



4 comments:

Megan said...

great pics! He is so cute! Kate has that same onesie. I got it with a daddy one and gave it to Kyle when I told him we were pregnant-almost a year ago!

Erin said...

I love the pic thanks for sharing your beautiful family! I will pray for you and your family...strength, peace, and perseverance.

Amy <>< said...

I love this baby!....and I love the rest of you too :) Hang in there. Soon this will all be a memory that you recollect while rocking him to sleep in his own room. There will come a day...and that day is coming soon!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! You were right, I had not seen a blood transfusion before and I am so glad that you shared that part of your lives with us. You are very talented at photography and design, Alisha. It also helps to have great material, such as Ridge, who is just absolutely beautiful! Praying for your family tonight and every night.
~ The Orrs

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