Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday Evening

Brittany and I visited Gaines this evening. He is continuing to hold his sats at 70% oxygen. Everything else is basically the same. His platelet count is measuring a little low. They are going to test it again. If it is low they are going to give him platelets.

Brittany and I went to CVS and a little grocery store this afternoon and stocked up on the essentials...bread, peanut butter, jelly, ham, mustard, and drinks. We are trying to make our place here in DC feel as much like home as possible. We actually ate a home cooked meal tonight for the first time in a while. One of my friends (the same ones doing our laundry) brought us homemade spaghetti and caesar salad. It was so good. I also get to sleep in a real bed tonight for the first time in a little over five weeks (no more chair/bed).

By the way, one bit of very encouraging news. Each time Brittany and I visit Gaines, we say a prayer before we leave. Tonight, Gaines' nurse spoke to us before we left and told us she said a prayer for him at church this morning.

We will visit Gaines again first thing in the morning and update everyone. By the way, Brittany wants me to mention that today is Jack's birthday (our dog) and that Reed made it safely back to Alabama.

Beau

23 comments:

Stephanie said...

Praying for your family tonight. Hope you guys can get some rest and Gaines stays stable and continues to improve.

Will Reed be coming to stay with you while you're in DC until Gaines gets discharged?

Happy Birthday Jack!!!

Brooke said...

Things are sounding good! yay!

Kellie said...

I have just checked your blog since Thursday afternoon - A LOT has happened!!! First of all - Congrats - he is beautiful!!!! Keep praying - both for him and yourselves- You are going to be under a lot of stress too - cling to God and each other. When you find yourself beginning to worry and doubt - turn it over to God - he understands and already knows.

My first daughter was born at 32 weeks and spent a month in the NICU, so I know a little of what you're going through - accept any and all help you are offered and spend as much time talking to him and holding him as they will allow! I know he is in good hands - can't wait for ya'll to be back in Alabama!!! I'm praying for Gaines!!!!

Julie said...

We continue to pray for Gaines' continued good health and strength and for peace and faith for you!

He is a tiny adorable peanut and we look forward to seeing him grow!

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand,

The Heads
Birmingham, AL

malette-foreveryoung said...

I am still praying for you and your family especially Gaines
Praying North Dakota

Lori said...

good news all around. Beau I hope you get to sleep till the moon comes out tomorrow, LoL

Lori said...

I mean till the moon goes away. Sorry

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on the arrival of sweet Gaines!! It always amazes me the intense amount of love you feel for a child the second he's born. I'm the mom of a baby boy who was born at 2 lbs and is now five. It's not easy those first few months in the hospital and they're not lying when they tell you it's a roller coaster ride, but it is SO worth it. Just continue to love on him as much as they will let you and trust me, that little boy knows who his parents are.

I'm praying for your entire family.

Sarah said...

Thank you for taking the time to post updates!

Have you been to the Trader Joe's at 26th and L??? Please let me know what I can pick up for you from Costco and the "real" grocery store tomorrow. :)

Prayers for a peaceful night for all of you. Gaines is in good hands, how awesome to learn his nurse was praying for him too!

. said...

Praying for you all tonight.

~B in Indiana

The Ellis Family said...

Saying a little prayer before bedtime for my new nephew Gaines. Enjoy sleeping in a real bed tonight Beau! I love you all!

Kelly

Giggles said...

Letting you know that you have blogfriends in Texas who are praying for you all. I have somethings I would like to mail you, do you have a new an address? Or someplace you will be getting mail?

Tammy
tls_giggles@yahoo.com

Collier Chronicles said...

I am heading to dreamland, not the bbq. I am glad to hear things haven't changed too much!

Footprints Ministry said...

"I will answer them before they even call to me.While they are still talking about their needs,I will go ahead and answer their prayers!" Isaiah 65:24

Praising the Lord for answering our prayers!

Rhonda said...

Glad to hear that Gaines was doing good when you saw him this evening. One thing I noticed when I was in DC was there seemed to be a CVS on every corner, but I don't think I ever did see a "real" grocery store. Enjoy sleeping in a real bed tonight - that chair/bed of yours didn't look too comfortable. Was Reed able to visit with Gaines?

Rhonda

Shae said...

We are praying for all of you! Our daughter was born March 10 at 37 1/2 weeks- which I don't really consider early- but she spent several days in NICU in Pensacola. We weren't there that long- but I know the emotional roller coaster you both must be on and we are praying for Gaines grow strong quickly so you can return to Alabama! Also- do you have a new address at your hotel or the hospital?
~Shae (Andalusia)

Ruthie said...

Good to hear the report! Continuing to pray. Enjoy the bed!

Ruthie

Mab said...

How great that Gaines' nurse was praying for him today as well....

I continue to pray daily and look forward to reading updates!

I know yall enjoyed that homecooked meal! :)

Happy sleeping in a real bed!!!

And happy birthday to Jack!

Arlene

Beth said...

How encouraging to hear that Gaines has a Christian nurse praying for him at church.

Enjoy the real bed tonight!!

Sending lots of prayers from Madison, AL

untilkara said...

Dear Brittany and Beau,
This is Michelle from a company called www.untilkara.com
We have been following your blog. Our company knows the experience of the NICU as Kara was a NICU baby.
We would like to send some items for Gaines.
I think of him everyday. You can e-mail info@untilkara.com
He has touched so many people across the US, I am sure.
Michelle
Sunset Beach, California

Rachel E. said...

Happy Birthday, Jack! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who celebrates my dog's birthday. Glad to hear Gaines is continuing to be stable; what an answer to prayer!

Reba76 said...

What an awesome God that we serve! His love and His comfort is something that no one else can give to us. How wonderful to know that He is always there to hold our hand and help us through our hardest times.
Continuing to pray for Gaines and for both of you.
The new bed must be a welcome relief from the beds that both of you have been sleeping in, especially Beau.
Also, Happy Birthday to Jack. I know that he misses his family and will be so happy when all of you get home.

Jenn said...

Wonderful new that he hasn't needed an oxygen increase.
We are constantly praying for Gaines' lung to get stronger minute by minute.
About the brain bleeds. Grace was born (23 weekers) with a Grade III on the right and a Grade II on the left (Faith doesn't have any). She is 20 months old and has no signs or symtoms of having any long or short term disabilities. She is actually (although born 16 weeks early) at age 18 months developmentally.
We are praying your new little man does not have any but I just wanted you to hear about the good senario also.
we are praying with you.