Martin, meet Justin, your big brother. Justin, say hello to Martin, the new baby of the family!
Saying goodbye to our kids until the next weekend
Martin getting better every day
We had a wonderful few days with our children here in Charleston. It was so nice to be re-united with them even if it was for a brief time. The house we are staying at here (provided by CrossBridge Ministries) seemed to "come alive" once our children arrived. It was an injection of life! The kids loved getting to see and hold Martin and I think Martin enjoyed seeing these little faces! We know Martin will love just watching the kids back home as they provide non-stop entertainment for him. Anyway, they just left and it was sad to see them go. But it may not be too much longer before we can finally get back home to Greenville ourselves. Here's why..
Since the last post, Martin has made really amazing progress. At this time, they have ruled out the necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) fears as there hasn't been any more trace of blood in his stools. The x-rays look clear. And he has been tolerating his feeds really well. In fact, he is almost on full feeds again (18mL/hr, 21mL is full feeds) and his oxygen level is looking really good even though they have him at the lowest oxygen setting (the next step is to turn it off completely). He is OFF the milrinone medication and OFF of vapotherm -- it seems he is just a few days away from being moved out of the PCICU into a regular hospital room. This is exciting because that means we are that much closer to getting home.
He is one month old as of yesterday and some of the big remaining hurdles will continue to be in the area of feeding. He will be having a swallow study done soon so that they can make sure he's able to take his feeds safely by mouth. Hopefully, he'll be drinking from a bottle soon. We're making good progress again. Thank you for your prayers. We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!
Update 7:00pm: They just put him up to full feeds! Hooray!
Steven and Jamie, I am rejoicing over this thrilling news!...may it please Our Lord to have Martin soon well enough to go home. This "God-appointed trial" for the Lee family is being used by Him to show forth His all-sufficient grace.