I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the LORD; the humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together … Psalm 34:1-3
The green grass is in abundance, the wild flowers are in full bloom (some obviously think we should enjoy them all at once), the goats are about to kid, the cats are nursing their kittens, the lawn mower took its first trip around the grass for this year, and… Charlie is doing amazing. Thank you to all of you prayer warriors! Our last prayer requests have been answered. We were able to get Charlie moved to an oral med for his mild hypertension and…drum roll….the fistula is closed!!!!! (Sort of) OK, let me explain. It has healed so much that is was nearly non existent, just the size of a pinhole. I asked the surgeon if we could glue it shut, and he did. So, it has not completely healed shut, but it is no longer leaking and continues to heal!!!
Charlie is so happy and alert. Today Isaac and I had a sweet time of talking to him. Isaac spent 30 minutes telling Charlie about everything we saw on our family outing to the zoo yesterday. Charlie LOVED listening to Isaac and held his hand the whole time. Later Isaac held him and played cow with him. I think Charlie could have stayed there all day.
Isaac got most of me in this photo of some sweet snuggle time, oh my love for this boy runs deep deep deep. He is a marvelous work of God. It is such a delight to snuggle with this precious bundle and recall all that the Lord has done in 9 months.
We learned of a few more churches that pray for Charlie regularly through my aunt and uncle who recently came to visit. Pagosa Springs, CO, TX, NC – wow, it is overwhelming to imagine the amount of prayers that have gone up for this little fellow.
From here we just need to move over to a home ventilator and prove that he can tolerate that for a week or two. After that they will move us to the ninth floor which is the exit floor. Babies are usually on the ninth floor for a few weeks before going home. There they make sure we are fully trained and fully capable of caring for our little guy proficiently- can’t wait!!! We are ready!!!
1) Successful move to home vent
2) Continued healing of fistula
3) Improved function of digestive system
4) Continued protection from infection