Dear Friends and Family,
I know in my post yesterday, I quickly noted that Eli was home and happy. That was true, yesterday. Today, he is being re-admitted to the hospital for dehydration. To be really technical: he’s pooping too much. The docs will re-test him for c.diff and a battery of other possibilities.
Shall I remind you about our last two months? Eli had skull surgery on Jan 28. He was in the hospital in OKC for one week after that surgery, then home for one week. Then, hospitalized for c. diff and dehydration for 3 weeks, then home for one week. Then, hospitalized for MRSA and a nasty fungal infection for one week, then home for one week. Now, hospitalized for something “to be determined.”
Elijah seems to be caught in a vicious cycle of infection: antibiotics to fight infection, infection from too many antibiotics, more antibiotics to fight the infection from too many antibiotics, a new infection from hospitalization, more antibiotics to fight the new infection from hospitalization, infection from too many antibiotics...I was hopeful we had broken the cycle, but it appears we have not.
I am sure most of you will talk about our sweet family saying: “how in the world do they manage?” I’ve been on the flip side of the equation this last weekend with my cousin’s dear baby being suddenly diagnosed with brain cancer and having emergency surgery yesterday to remove the tumor.
How do they manage?
Well, let me be the one to answer that probe: honestly, I have no idea how, but we do manage by the grace of God.
Sophia doesn’t know yet about the re-hospitalization and I can tell you, she will be devastated. Normalcy in her life is a precious commodity.
I have been looking forward to Deron’s sermon this Sunday on the red letters “Do not worry.” I could use some help in that area. David and I are going to fit it into our lives to read those red letters each week even if it isn’t how I had it pictured -- as a family around the kitchen table.
Not to complain, but David is on antibiotics for a chest infection, Sophia is on antibiotics for a sinus infection, my sister broke her toe and my mom has a sinus infection. David’s grandmother offered to put a spell on me to keep me well. I could use it. We will manage.
Elijah is still laughing, which keeps the rest of us laughing right along with him no matter the other challenges we face.
We could use your prayers! Elijah needs to get his GI situation straightened out and start gaining weight. Since we’ve been home this one week from the hospital, he’s only gained 2 ounces. That’s not good considering he’s lost nearly 2 pounds in the last two months. Pray he remains pain free. Pray they find a good vein for an IV and that the IV lasts as long as they need it to. Pray for his doctors, assistants and nurses to diagnose Eli quickly and correctly treat his illness with compassion and determination.
We love you all and thank you for your support.