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Friday, December 4, 2009

A speed bump

We're asking for your prayers this morning. Last night was very rough, with several visits from doctors, lots of retracting (heavy heaving in his abdomen when he has to work so hard to breathe), alarms, another IV insertion, etc. Shelly got about 90 minutes of sleep, so she's back at RMH this morning trying to get rest.

Josiah is great when he's awake, so much so that they will allow him to be off the monitor, go to playroom, walk around, etc. But when he tries to sleep/relax (whether a nap or at night), the issues begin. His doctors (and we) are hopeful this is not a result of his airway partially collapsing...
it looked so good 2 days ago when they removed the tube, but it's since that point that he's had problems. They hope the issues are being caused by some inflammed nodules they found on Wednesday which are partially blocking the airway when his muscles relax as he tries to rest. These nodules are supposed to shrink on their own over the next few days, but the doctors have decided to speed that up by giving him steroids. They don't like to give steroids at this point if possible, but feel the risk is outweighed by the need to determine if this is what's causing the problem.

We are concerned but also fully aware that God knows what's going on and is in control. Hopefully the nodules are causing the issues and the steroids will take care of the nodules and not cause other issues. This is the 1st speedbump thus far in his recovery which has gone so well (and for that we are very thankful). The dose of steroids just finished, and we'll see what happens from here. Thank you for your support and prayers!

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