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Finally get to hold Baby Martin again -- good news all around!
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012
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Finally get to hold him again! It's been 3 weeks since the last time we got to do this.
Caught the tail end of his smile. He was actually smiling much bigger than this but couldn't get my camera out in time!
He's so comfortable in this position -- looking into Mommy's face.
This morning the surgeon removed the last remaining barrier from allowing us to hold Martin! The RA line which goes into his chest directly into his heart is finally gone! Not only did we get to hold him (for 3 hours straight this morning!) but...
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Over 24 hours and Martin's still breathing on his own and making strides in recovery!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2012
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Still enjoying that pacifier. It works wonders in keeping him happy and still.
Martin's happy face. Over 24 hours after extubation and still breathing well on his own!
Martin's worried face. You're on the right track, Martin. No need to worry.
It's been over 24 hours now since the breathing tube was removed and Martin's still doing very well breathing on his own despite the fact that it takes more effort for him to do so. His oxygen is not as consistently high as before, but it goes up...
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Update: Breathing tube is finally REMOVED -- Extubation Day!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2012
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MILESTONE! Breathing tube is finally GONE! His comfort level just went through the roof! This is now one very contented baby. I believe the worst is behind us. Oh how thankful we are!
Look who took to his pacifier right away! Way to go, Martin boy!
A beautiful sight! In my opinion, the best screen yet of that breathing machine!
Hooray! Happy Extubation Day! We had a really exciting day in Charleston today! After a very long night, he finally got his breathing tube removed at 11:00am! His comfort level just went through the roof now that he doesn't have that hard,...
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Kids back in Greenville -- Martin making another go at recovery!
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2012
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Martin is making a strong comeback in his recovery. Eating well. And oxygen saturation is high.
My! What big feet you have, Martin!
Our other children are so happy to be safely back at home in Greenville.
It's Friday and our children safely made it back home to Greenville yesterday. They were SO happy to get back home after being gone for so long. I must say it was a great relief to get back home myself -- even if it was just for a few hours....
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Martin's slow recovery teaches us a lesson in contentment
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012
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Martin looked rather pale to us and not well after Sunday. It's been so rough on his tiny frame.
He looks better by the end of the day. But still very thin and rather pale. We hope he will have better days ahead.
Justin celebrated a birthday. He's now 5. We love all our children dearly, but being away from home makes it difficult to give them the same kind of attention they need.
The last few days have been a bit rough. It's been a combination of a lot of things really but staying 5 weeks anywhere away from home will start taking its toll. We are winding down here at the rental house and are mentally getting prepared to...
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Martin can't wait -- extubates himself resulting in more delays
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2012
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Martin still fighting through the recovery. This picture was taken the night before he pulled out the breathing tube.
The morning after putting him back on paralytic and re-inserting the breathing tube.
From Jamie: We had an incident early this morning at 5:15am where Martin extubated himself ahead of schedule. He was actually scheduled to be extubated at around noon today but here's what happened instead. They were weaning him off the...
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Mommy and Daddy finally get to see Martin -- briefly
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2012
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Looking at mommy and daddy's face! I wonder what he's thinking? That tape has a hard time sticking to his face for some reason. They have to keep putting layer upon layer on.
Martin trying to sleep with all that tape on his face.
As he becomes more awake and alert, he seems to be more uncomfortable. Poor baby cries but cannot make a sound because of the tube blocking his vocal chords. Seems his mouth is getting chapped too. It's really hard to watch helplessly not being able to hold and console him.
Jamie and I finally felt well enough to see Martin. And just to be safe, we were fully showered, masked, and sanitized before going to the hospital. We only stayed for a few minutes and kept arms-length away. He's definitely much more alert and...
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Rough couple of days for us, great couple of days for Martin!
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2012
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He looks very different with his eyes closed, but he's got big eyes when they're open! He's been more alert and awake the last few days.
Our daily view from the parking garage connector to MUSC.
It's been two whole days since the last time Jamie and I were able to see Martin. We've been really battling a bad case of sickness with our children back at the rental home here. They just got hit hard all of a sudden and we've been having to...
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Update: It's been a week after surgery -- fighting on two fronts
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2012
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He does not like that breathing tube. The thing that he hates the most is unfortunately the thing that he needs the most.
Taking every precaution. We are not sick ourselves (yet) but our kids are struggling with sickness back at the rental house.
Mommy, take me home! Poor guy really struggles with the tubes.
Today marks the first full week since Martin's surgery last Tuesday. We apologize for not posting any update yesterday but we are fighting a battle on two fronts at the moment. First, Martin is still fighting to keep that oxygen saturation...
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Day 5 Recovery -- Two steps backward, be of good courage
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2012
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Day 5 Recovery. Chest tube removed and stable again after a rough night.
These stuffed toys have been so helpful propping up his legs and arms during recovery. As he grows up, these buddies will serve as reminders of his rocky birth.
I guess one of the nurses did this. This is attached to the oxygen line that's helping Martin to breathe. Oxygen level is Martin's biggest fight it seems.
Martin had a bit of a rough time late last night. We were at home sleeping but another family member was bedside all night and apparently at around 4am his oxygen saturation levels dropped again. The doctors and nurses were all there helping him...
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