Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Amber's favorite part... the sink.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Tyler and I went to the Symphony Saturday night and I fell asleep during it! Opps. It was still nice to have a date night.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
So we've taken the time to put more pictures on our PICASA album, but haven't blogged for "like, ever". So click HERE for the album of our hike on Friday (Camille and Sam opted out of this one.
Wonderful hike, if you haven't tried it. Probably the most family friendly hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon that is more than 0.5 mile. This is Willow Heights Lake Trail and it is just below Solitude Ski Resort by about 0.5 miles on the main road. There is a nice trail head marker now that is a rock with the trail name carved, which is visible from the road. Here is the google map.
In all joy and rejoicing, we should say that it is official that Amber is pregnant and expecting around May 13, 2008.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The night turned out to be a great remembrance of Grandpa Gerritsen.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sam has lots of energy... loves being free to roll around again and play with the other 2 kids. This morning he even was in his reclining bouncy seat (buckled in) and in an attempt to free himself, tipped over and squirmed out. He then rolled down the hallway to wake up Camille. We are still praying that he doesn't get any infections, inside or out. Thus far, the wounds are healing. Thanks again for your fasting and prayers.
Spencer is feeling much better today (back to 100%) and Camille is great so far.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
It is Sunday morning... Sam is doing very well. He is still eating well and a very happy camper. When he smiles now, he shows his teeth... way cute. Sam is a little cautious of his belly, but he is still rolling around the house and playing like always. He loves to play with the kids downstairs in the playroom. He had Spencer's plastic sword yesterday and was swinging it around, hitting everything and everyone within reach... including Camille's head and Mommy and Camille's Lincoln Logs house.
Today Spencer is ill... he threw up twice last night and once this morning, but I haven't heard him complain yet; just explain to me that he can't play with friends because it is Sunday, but can't go to church since he is sick.
We will hope no one else gets his sickness.
Mommy is still sleeping due to her being the one who found Spencer sick last night and had to clean his bedding.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
If you click HERE, you can see the pictures of Sam's current wound. Although it may look nasty, it is in good shape and is very clean. It's about 2x2.5 cm and about 1 cm deep. He was able to drink one ounce of his soy drink, so we now wait for an hour and increase his food.
This is a link regarding g-tubes, to give an idea of where the fistula developed (a hole between the stomach and the skin that had to be taken down).
Had we to do this over again, we never never would have done a g tube. An NG-tube (from nose to the stomach) would have been just fine for those 2 months Sam needed feeding. In fact some people we have talked to have done the NG tube for years and it was no big deal. So much for the opinion of some doctors. One thing we have learned through all of this is that our decisions for our children's health are just that, our decisions. The doctor can help influence those decisions, and there are times to turn over their care to a surgeon, but doctors' decisions often need to be challenged by the reason of the parents. ...more to say on this later, I am sure.
All that aside, Sam is looking great this morning... throughout the night he was still quite 'drugged-up' from the anesthesia. They had him on a little bit of supplemental O2. This morning (at 2am) they replaced his IV that came out over night. And this morning the wound care team should be here to change his stomach dressing. He no longer needs the supplemental oxygen.
Sam is smiling and in great spirits. We are trying to keep on top of his pain and assess when he needs to be medicated. Now it is a matter of keeping him infection free for a month or so in order for his wounds to heal.
Surgery report: they created another entrance line in his abdomen, took the stomach away from the muscle and skin, took a small portion of the stomach tissue away and sutured it up. Then they repaired the hole in the muscle tissue where the g-tube had been, cleaned up the old sutures, and decided to leave the skin tissue to close on it's own. They debrided the skin, and now it is a matter of daily dressings and keeping it clean.
We were really glad to have Dr. Downy as his surgeon.
And thanks again for all those who have prayed and fasted for Sam and watched Spencer and Camille for us.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Well, we think Sam will be in surgery today. This morning around 7:15 the power went out to the hospital. The backup worked, but the OR can't function in that condition. They restored power after about an hour and then it went out one more time for a shorter period.
Sam's stomach was leaky last night, but this morning is quite dry. That makes sense though, since they stopped his feeds last night around 4am. He is on IV fluids to try and keep him hydrated prior to surgery.
The time they gave us for his surgery time was noon, originally. We are afraid it will be an hour or more later considering the power outages and unexpected other things.
The nurse will keep us informed. Sam sure has had great nurses.
The pics are Sam at 10:30am waiting for surgery, watching the Berenstain Bears. Amber didn't sleep great last night, because Sam decided to stay awake and be held until 1 this morning. He slept a long time yesterday afternoon.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Thank you for supporting us. We feel so blessed to have Sam in our family.
But we are very appreciative of the many prayers that have been offered in his behalf. He needs a blessing of healing from the Lord.