Ephesians 3:20 "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us"

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Well all here are a couple updates. . .

Caleb is still having issues regarding gagging after getting a feed because he is trying to figure out how to burp, but can't due to the Nissan wrap. The docs said it can take up to 4 months for his stomach to get used to the wrap. They are doing a couple 'rule-out' tests (shunt series x-rays, GI swallow, Gastric Emptying Study) to make sure nothing else is causing the gagging. Once I vent the Mic-key he gets rid of some gas and feels much better. It is just tough to see him so uncomfortable. AND yes....Caleb got his Mic-key button (replaces the G-tube). The Mic-key is so much better as it is a lot less cumbersome than the G-tube and doesn't tug on his belly as much. It is also a lot easier to dress the little one.

Caleb has two teeth!! His bottom two front teeth came in and they are so cute. I think he may be trying to cut more teeth as his body temp is a little warmer (hopefully it is nothing else) than normal.

Caleb has a UTI so he is on some tough IV antibiotics to hopefully get rid of the infection.

Hearing Aid
Caleb has been wearing his hearing aid more, which he doesn't like it when I put it in but is happy after it is in. We had to get a new mold done here about a month ago, because he has grown. However, he wasn't able to wear it a lot lately due to a lot of stuff going on here. The hearing aid seems to be whistling a lot so I am going to ask if Audiology can come and look at it and make sure it fits okay...doesn't seem like it sits down far enough into his ear canal.

I ordered a play pen for Caleb online. We are hoping this will help him with crawling and more developmental milestones as it is hard and dangerous to do so in a metal crib. In addition, the floors here are not the cleanest so I am not willing to put him on the floor. Hopefully, he will like the play pen!

Well there are more updates but my man is waking up from a nap and wants to play. I will write more later.

God Bless you all!!

God Bless Caleb!!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Pictures before and After Transplant

Well the poor guy is trying to cut a whole bunch of teeth at once right now...Man oh man. But despite the teeth, he entertains. Everyone who has come in today says how good he looks. Our man has some big bruises on his legs from the Transplant but he seems to be in good spirits. They are trying to feed him again through his G-tube. We will have to wait and see how that works, as he was retching a lot when we tried feeds before his transplant. Retching (gagging) is the last thing you want right now as it would tear his Nissan wrap out and that would be bad as he could reflux again if the wrap comes out. So we have started at a VERY small rate, 2ml/hour (approximately 13cc less than a half ounce)-small huh?!?

Brian, Dad, Jean, and Ron left today to go back to WV. We already miss them so much. They were here for a week and it was very nice to have them here. It is so hard to be away from Brian for so long. We are trying to find a way to get him back down here in approximately two weeks. I love you babe and miss you very much already.

We know we will be here for at least a couple months, but there is the concern of what needs to be done to the house before we could bring Caleb home. Man the list of things that need to be done is overwhelming to say the least. The biggest priority is getting it 'clean' in every way to have it be a safe environment for Caleb. We are looking into ripping up his carpet in his room to have a more allergen free type of flooring, new windows in the house (as ours are very old and most do not have storm windows anymore), and a very thorough clean (especially-the basement and duct work) as we were flooded a couple years ago and I want to make sure no remnants are left. The list is overwhelming and with me not working and the market in regards to Brian's job (loan officer) isn't at its best right now....I will be trying to talk to several companies to see if they can help us out with this items and more as I am sure the list will grow. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. I had considered writing Extreme Home Makeover in the past, but not sure if there is time and if honestly we would get picked. I guess it is something to think about and how would you know if you don't try. But seriously, if anyone has any suggestions on who I could contact please let me know. I will be writing Lysol later today, as we use about 120 of their wipes in two days...CRAZY huh. Who knows if they would donate some, but it is worth a shot right?!?!?

Well again, I wanted to give you all a short update and let you know what is going on here. I have included some pictures below too and I should have some videos later in the week!! Enjoy.

God Bless Caleb!!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh Thymus

Thank God we have a Thymus and it is in Caleb's legs!! Wooo hooo.

He went to the PICU after surgery and was getting ready to go to the floor when he started having some pain management issues. They got that under control and he was able to come back to the floor the next morning. The bonus to it all was the nurses on Caleb's floor fought so hard to keep Caleb's room for us (it is one of three big rooms) so we wouldn't have to moved to a small room. They are a good group of girls here, just like the nurses in Pittsburgh.

He has been playing like crazy today and is resting well right now. He was a little fussy earlier today, but we attribute that to teething and the soreness in his little legs. Dr. Markert let us know that the Thymus was a really good match. Now we have to pray for T cell function. We should know how that is in about five months. So, we still have to watch him pretty closely and keep him healthy for at least the five months while we wait to see if the transplant worked.

I will write more later...but I wanted to give a short update as I know a lot of you are anxiously awaiting an update.

Also, a couple of prayers. Our little buddy PJ (one of Caleb's Duke PICU buddies) was re-admitted and is intibated again. He is not able to keep his oxygen levels up, so, his family could use some extra prayers. Please visit his website, the link is on the left side of this screen (PJAngelChild). Also, we would like to welcome home baby Zoe. Our friends John and Lee Roberts just got home from Vietnam with their baby girl Zoe. Pleas visit their website also and see the adorable pictures of little Zoe. The link to her website is at the left also.

I also want to thank all of you for your continual comments and prayers for our family. You all mean so much to us!! We are blessed to have each and every one of you in our lives. Thank you so much, from the bottom of our hearts. God Bless you all, you are truly amazing.

God Bless Caleb!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Surgery is Started

Well, Caleb went into surgery earlier than planned. The first case cancelled so Caleb went in at 8:45 and they are planning on a two hour surgery. They have also planned for him to go to the PICU after the surgery to closely monitor him due to his extabation issues and pain. As soon as we hear any more I will update. Thank you all for your prayers. We love you all. We are so happy that this day has come. We pray that he recovers well and that this thymus works and gives him a full-functioning immune system.

Thank you all again. I will update as soon as I can.

God Bless Caleb!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Transplant at 10:00 a.m.

Hey all!!! Caleb's transplant is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Just wanted to let you all know when he was suppossed to go in. They will do some final tests tomorrow morning on the Thymus before the transplant!!! PRAY HARD!!!

Thanks to all!!

God Bless Caleb!!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Third Dose of ATG

First off, I have to appologize for the delay in updates. I have to admit I was a little more emotionally distraught after the cancellation of the transplant two weeks ago than I let on in my last post. BUT. . . Caleb has been in the ICU for the past couple days getting ATG (the medicine infusion they give before transplant). He is getting his last infusion tonight and we have a potential transplant date on WEDNESDAY!!! So PLEASE say TONS of prayers. I will post more with pics later, but we are very tired and just got back to the hotel and will have a couple long days in front of us.

Again, thank you all of you for your phone calls, cards, emails, prayers, etc. You all are a wonderful support system for our family. Again, I appologize for the delay in updates. But hopefully things will continue to 'stay the course'.

God bless you all.

God Bless Caleb!!