Monday, May 4, 2009

God's Presence

This morning was a tough morning for us, specifically Brittany. We woke up hoping to hear that Gaines' CO2 levels had decreased or at the very least stayed the same. We started the day with a call to the NICU to find out that his CO2 levels had actually increased overnight. Sometimes it seems hard to stay positive when you start the day with negative news.

We stepped out of our "home" to find it cold and raining. The weather seemed to fit our moods. Brittany and I went to the hospital this morning somewhat emotionally defeated. The morning visit went well, Gaines' nurse today is one we really like. We left the hospital this morning and Brittany was having a hard time fighting back tears. We know that Gaines is in a much better place now than he was a week ago but it is so hard to have your child in the hospital. Many of you probably know the feeling....I'm sure the pain is the same know matter how old your child is. You just never want them to experience pain of any kind.

As we left the hospital we got a telephone call from our Sunday School Teacher from AL. He is in the military and is going to be in DC on Wednesday for work. He was asking if he could come visit us this Wednesday afternoon. We then got a telephone call from a couple that used to be in our Sunday School class back home but moved to DC within the last year. They wanted to know if they could come visit us Tuesday night. Some of you may agree or disagree, but I think God is constantly working in our lives. Sometimes He is working discreetly "behind the scenes" and sometimes He does something so obvious you can not ignore His presence. It is amazing to me that we were feeling defeated/down and then we got these two phone calls. It was if God was reminding us that this journey would have its up and downs but that He would be there providing for us every step of the way. We definitely experienced a "God Thing" today.

We did go by and visit Gaines again this afternoon. His CO2 levels are still high but his PH level in his blood is good. It seems as though his little body is compensating for the high CO2 levels. The doctors reminded us that this could change at any moment and they may have to re-intubate him. While we were there we did get a few new pictures of Gaines holding his mom's hand.

Beau



11 comments:

Melody said...

Those pictures are so precious!! I can't wait for the day you can hold your sweet little boy!

It is so awesome that God is sending you these friends to visit and remind you that you're not alone. I hope your visits are wonderful!

Darcy said...

Isn’t it amazing to watch God work?

We are praying for you daily here in ND.

I am so sorry you had a rough start to the morning. He is such a beautiful baby.

Collier Chronicles said...

He is precious! SO sweet.

Bekah said...

What a sweet boy. Those pictures are precious.

Still praying for you and for Gaines every day.

Gretta said...

The 2nd picture brought tears to my eyes. We know first hand the ups & downs of NICU and the emotional roller coaster you live on during that time. Please find comfort knowing that you are being prayed for each & everyday, several times a day, right here in Decatur, AL. We love your family & know God has big plans for you all.

Justin, Chandra, Madelyn and Catharine Martin said...

Hey guys, just a note to say that I'm still praying for you. You are doing, in my opinion, one of the hardest things a parent ever has to do. May God continue to give you His strength to walk through this deep valley, the mountain is in the distance. Be courageous and confident, knowing He is good and loves you so much.

The Foster Home said...

Yay, you got to hold his precious little hand. Can't wait to see pictures of when you get to hold his little body!! I will continue to pray for Gaines and his health. I am also praying for you two and your "mental" health as well for you guys to stay well.
Praying from Dallas,GA

Lori said...

It sounds fun that your getting a couple visitors, how cool is that! I love how Gaines is grasping Brittany's hand. Shows he has a desire to exert some energy. Yano, to wrap his fingers around hers.

Andrew and Lauren Hess said...

Hang in there and before you know it the good days will far outweigh the not so good ones. Try to stay positive and know that there are so many people out there pulling and praying for you guys.

Kaylee114 said...

i dont understand why you arent at your son's bedside all day long rather than a short visit in the morning then another short visit in the afternoon? Why even stay in DC if you are only going to visit him for a few minutes a day??? If that were my baby , id be camped out all day by his bedside.learning from the nurses what is going on with his condition. dont you feel guilty sitting around your hotel rather than spending quality time with your baby?? why dont you just go back home to Alabama and just return when your son is discharged. might as well do that.im sure the nurses are saying that you are barely there with your son. sad. sick.

Jennifer said...

Absolutely precious!! How tiny..thanks for sharing!