"What would have become of me had I not believed that I would see the Lord's goodness in the land of the LIVING. Wait, hope for and EXPECT the Lord. Be strong and of good courage and may your heart (Ned) be sturdy and enduring.....Yes, Wait For and Hope For and Expect the Lord."

Psalm 27:13-14 (Amp)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Results Are In......

The MRI test was sucessfully performed this morning and the results came back showing that Ned's brain structure is perfectly normal!!! Praise God, Praise God!! He went down for the test around 9am so when I still hadn't heard anything around 4:30 this afternoon, I slipped out to the main desk where Dr. McCaffery was working on a computer. I asked him if he thought it was possible that we may still get the results in today? He said, he was just looking them up then he glanced up and at and said "normal". I jumped around in the hall and Dr. McCaffery and I were giving high-5's. When I reported back into the room, all my nurses were estatic with the news. My little man has a bit of a wandering eye, but no brain defects. For the first time in 9 months, I finally feel like there is absolutely nothing looming over me at the moment and it feels great!

Ned had a couple of visitors come by tonight who haven't seen him in some time. One of the respiratory therapists fromt he PICU and the neonatologist that I saw at UNC during my pregnancy. Both of them were shocked to see Ned off of all oxygen and growing and looking so great. Dr. Ruma, my neonatologist, was even more astounded when he learned that Ned had also been diagnosed with the aorta coarctation and had been through that repair surgery as well.
We made it through another day of no spitting up.....it's a miracle. I mean, he is on reflux medications, but he has been on reflux medications. He has never been one day without spitting up multiple times, now he has been multiple days without spitting up one time. It is great and God is good.

I am going home tomorrow to get a couple things done for work and to pick up Jack. We are planning on spending the weekend in Chapel Hill. We're going to join in the March of Dimes walk in Raleigh with some of the hospital staff on Saturday and we're going to go with some of our nurses to a music festival on Sunday. And the biggest event of all this weekend is that Jack and Ned will finally meet!!! I'm so excited to see how Jack will react to finally seeing Ned face-to-face. I'll video it and try to upload it to the blog next week!

I'm heading to bed now....busy day and a big weekend ahead. I love you all for praying my son well!

Betsy, Travis, Jack and Ned


Cadenne Hope's Grandma said...

Hallelujah! Such an answer to prayer! God is good!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news on Friday morning. God is so good and we praise Him. Love you and still praying for all of you. Have a great weekend with your family. nm

Amy AKA "Baba" said...

Wonderful, wonderful news. The road is clearing for him to go home. I am so happy for you.

Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! I had chills as I read the update this morning. Isn't is comforting to know we can leave what we can not control in the hands of God who is completely cable! How exciting that Jack will meet Ned this weekend! I pray that you all have a wonderful weekend and we are rejoicing with you in Ned's improvements! We love ya! Tammy, Randy, & Colby

Anonymous said...

Praise God, How wonderful HE is. I have tears of joy rolling. I have been busy w/ work and have not frequented the blog as my usual day or every other and to see how much progress he has made is phenomonal-I think that is how it is spelled. Well God bless and just continue to praise God and thank Him for all He will continue to do.
Callie C. Billings

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! What Wonderful News! We are thrilled for you and hope you have a wonderful week-end with your family. Love ya, Krista

Danielle, Jason, Landrie & Ava Wofford said...

As I sit here with tears of joy, I praise God for his continued blessings for Ned and your family. You all have shown EVERY one of us what prayer and faith can do. May God continue to bless you all every single day!

Love, Danielle & Jason Wofford

Kim said...

We are so happy to get such wonderful news, I can see you jumping around in the halls now. I want to jump up and down for joy too. Me and Donald just read the news together, I keep everybody up to date at home and at school and at the Y, so I will such wonderful news to share with my kids next week. We are so excited about Jack and Ned meeting, I know that will be a very special and precious time for all of you, have a wonderful weekend, and hopefully we will see all of you soon. Sincerely, The Alexander's Kim, Donald, Emily and Brock

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful message of good news! So joyful about all the good things God is doing in your life and in the lives of others as you testify to His greatness!
Psalm 105...."Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim His greatness.
Let the whole world know what He has done.
Sing to Him; yes, sing His praises.
Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
Exult in His holy name; rejoice, you who worship the Lord.
Search for the Lord and for His strength; continually seek Him.
Remember the wonders He has performed..."

Amen to that! Love, Sherry

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you!! I can only imagine the weight that has been lifted off of your shoulders. Ned's story only solidifies the amazement God has in store for his children. We love you and as always you are in our prayers. All of our love, Natasha Bryce and Sierra

Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! God is an awesome God!

Please feel free to call me or email if you need anything. We are only about an hour and some change from y'all.