I'm much happier now! Martin without the feeding tube. We just learned that today we will be discharged if the last echocardiogram goes well!
Martin gets his final echocardiogram before we are discharged. No problems on the monitor!
Martin ready to get out of the hospital and enter the real world!
Martin did it! He has been able to successfully feed from a bottle for the past 24 hours and all through last night the required amount of at least 75mL each time! And since he's been feeding on Elecare, the bloody stools have stopped after checking his diaper this morning. It was all clear! We are on CLOUD 9 and are amazed at how fast things turned around since yesterday. We met with the doctors and cardiologists this morning and they were extremely happy with how well Martin was able to take the bottle at full-feeds. In fact, jokingly they said they were going to test us for Elecare in our system in case we were drinking it for him! Haha! We are all amazed by the turn of events. It is nothing short of a miraculous answer to prayer. And we are so grateful and humbled by it all. It's certainly nothing WE did to make it happen.
The other big news was that his feeding tube was FINALLY removed early this morning! They figured that since he had been feeding so well the past few days, he just didn't need it anymore. And we think it has improved Martin's comfort level even more -- especially during feeds. Nothing itching his nose or irritating his throat anymore.
We have ONE last hurdle before we can officially leave. They want to take one last echocardiogram of his heart and make sure that everything looks good. If the results of that echo are a-okay, then we will be able to bring Martin into the fresh air for the first time in his life! We are SUPER excited and VERY thankful to the doctors, nurses, our family, praying friends, and of course to the Lord for bringing us to this leg of our journey. We are at the very edge of the door leading to the great outdoors!
A friend reminded us of this verse which I believe is very appropriate in light of our joyful news today: "Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling" (Psalm 2:11). We are definitely rejoicing -- but as I heard once said in a sermon, "rejoice as if holding a precious jewel -- do it with real joy, but with great care." A good reminder to us all as we look ahead to the challenges we will undoubtedly face in the days and years ahead.
Update 5:00pm: Echocardiogram was successful! We have the green light to go! We will load up with more baby supplies at Babies R Us here in Charleston, spend one more night -- just to be safe. Then, head back home to Greenville in the morning! We have reached the end of our journey here!
Update Wed 3/21/12 6:20pm: We are HOME! We are unwinding, unpacking, and getting settled back in. We will update our final post sometime later this evening. We are ELATED and exhausted!
Amen!! Fabulous news. Tremendous answer to prayer. So happy for you and Jamie, Cathy and Mike. Will be eager to update our congregation of the news and thank them for their intercessions in your behalf. The Lord bless. Come back to see us again next time you are in the Charleston area. We would love to have you all as our guests in our worship services.
"Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Heb. 13:20-21)
This marvelous over-night turn of events serves to remind us that we know not "what a day may bring forth" (Proverbs 27:1). I had left this comment on your blog last Friday -- "I'm praying that by this time next week that you, Steven, will be blogging from Greenville and sharing pictures of Martin with family from there. May it please Our Lord to make it so. It is NOT too hard for Him to accomplish." I'm thrilled that Our Lord has got baby and parents homeward bound. Thank You, Jesus, for hearing and answering prayers!
This is by far the sweetest picture. What a trooper you have in Martin, I'm so thankful to hear that he's eating so well, in spite of it not being the milk of his preference. =) And keep up the good work on your strict diet mama, I know it will not be in vain when he's finally able to take breast milk again. Praying one day soon for you to finally be able to nurse him. We're so happy to hear that you're close to bringing Martin home. God is so kind, so good to give this wonderful gift to your family!!