"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)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Jigity Jog.....

Home Again, Home Again.....We are so very thankful! I will have to say that this hospital stay was the most taxing on me personally. I know that sounds completely insane since Ned was completely stable and the surgery wasn't the life or death type, but he had to endure so much pain and discomfort this time and watching it for 6 entire days straight just about sent me to the psych ward! We have just been really spoiled being in the intensive care units where modifications to care are made immediately when there are any signs of intolerance. Following the issues with the narcotics, we went through a whole other ordeal attempting to get him on a feeding schedule that his little tummy could adjust to. On the weekends with few people around, such change takes an act of congress. He cried more in the past week than he has ever cried in his entire life combined. I may be the only mother in the world who would prefer that her son be in an intensive care if he is going to be hospitalized at all?

Enough of that....we're home and he is doing great. As of today, Ned is back up on full feeds, but is still being fed continuously. Our goal is to increase the calorie concentration of his feeds (he has lost about a pound and a half over the past week and needs some serious fattening up) and then transition him to bolus feeds (which is how normal people eat....large volumes over short time periods about every three hours). It may take us a while because we don't want to push him at all and risk compromising the nissen again? As you can see from the picture above, Ned is elated to be back home. In fact, he cried until we exited the hospital and then he settled down quite a bit....like he knew! The only issue we are having with him at the moment is that he has developed a severe "mommy complex" and I can hardly leave the room without him crying. I'm hoping when we go on vacation, he'll be around Travis all day for a while and loose a little of his obsession for me.....not all of it...just a little bit.

I just wanted to update everyone and let you know how great everything went. I know I have said this a gazillion times, but I have the most compassionate surgeon in the world. In fact, he came by the hospital on Saturday just to check on Ned.....he is a precious man! I just thank God that He placed him in our path and used him in saving Ned's life.

Please continue to pray diligently for Baby Seth. I believe God will respond as His people pray. Seth is on a difficult road, but there is no path or place from which God cannot redeam and restore us....just ask anyone who has been spared by the transforming grace of Christ!

Much love to you all!
Betsy, Travis, Jack & ned


Danielle and Jason Wofford said...

Betsy and Travis~
What a cutie!! He's adorable! Thank you for sharing his journey and I'm so thankful to God that he's at home. I praise God for his blessings that he has put apon Ned. He's a lucky little guy to have two wonderful parents that pray and PRAISE God for his blessings and strength. God bless you ALL!
Lastly, thank you so much for being there for April and Russell during Seth's birth and beyond. I thank GOD for allowing you both to meet. Thank for for your prayers for them too.
Danielle and Jason Wofford

Anonymous said...

Betsy....So glad to see you guys next door again! We sure did miss you while you were gone. We are very thankful that all went well with Ned....just look at that precious fella--no pain there! We are praying that all of the adjustments you are making with the feeds, etc, will proceed well.

Also, we are still praying for little Seth and his parents. May God bless them with strength and peace.
See you soon! Sherry

Vicki Jensen said...

What a cute photo of Ned!

I can totally relate to you about subsequent hospital stays being harder on the parents. When things are life or death you push through but when it's 'routine' you have time to worry more.

I also agree with prefering the PICU. The only time Jack was on the regular floor we had a bad experience. I'd take the PICU any day of the week!

Glad to hear Ned is home and we'll pray the feeds go well.

mom to Jack Jensen

CHERUBS - The Association of Congenital Diaphragamtic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support said...

Hi Betsy, it's been so long since I dropped by your blog - I had no idea Ned was back in the hospital! I'm so glad he's doing well and home now. His photos are just absolutely adorable!! I hope to see you at the conference!

CHERUBS - http://www.cdhsupport.org

Anonymous said...

I could not resist to comment when I saw that new pic. Can you say "little Travis" wow how much he looks like his dad. Why do us girls have to do all the work and get no credit in the looks part of our children. Anyway, I am so glad you guys are back home, safe and sound. Good luck with the continued healing, you know that God still has his hands in the healing process. God bless you and the entire family.
Callie C. Billings

Tricia said...

That is the CUTEST picture EVER!! What a handsome little man!

...and for the record, you're not alone! I much preferred the personal/immediate care that the NICU offered over being put on the regular ped floor. I KWYM about it taking an "act of God" to get anything done on the weekend. That was our experience with Cadenne's last surgery.

I'm glad Ned is home with his Mama!

I'm praying for Seth, too. I have a friend who also lives in the area--she is attending the CHERUBS ball--and she said if the Van Dykes need anything to let her know... she'd be willing to help!

Elizabeth said...

Love the picture! That smile could melt an iceberg ;-)

I am glad it was easy on Seth and I am sorry it was harder on you Betsy.

With thoughs and prayers,

The Jacksons said...

Betsy & Travis,
I am speechless. Ned's picture speaks for itself. He is a beautiful miracle and I praise you both, as well as your friends and family, for your continued faith and perserverance in God. Not many people are strong enough to have followed the path you chose. Your trust in Him has amazingly touched many of us and I thank you for taking the time you well-needed for rest, to keep everyone posted with Ned's status. Thank you for sharing your story, enabling others to see God's endless power and the power of prayer and faith in true believers. Bless your family!
Heath, Belle & Kids...