Saturday, November 26, 2011

One more day...

The surgeons decided not to close Thomas's chest today, and are planning to do it tomorrow. That is fine with me, as it's another day for the swelling to improve.
Part of me is anxious for it to be closed since it is the next hurdle on the long list of baby steps ahead of us, and it is also a risk for infection. Another part of me is going to miss that little window into his chest. There is something reassuring about being able to watch that little heart pumping away. It is only the size of a strawberry! It reminds me what a miracle our bodies are, and how Thomas was "fearfully and wonderfully made."

Everything else at rounds was pretty stable. Kidney function hasn't really improved, but urine output is good. his abdominal X-ray was clear this morning, but he will finish the course of antibiotics to be safe.

Please continue to pray for:
- improvement Of his kidney function
- lots of urine output so swelling will improve
- for successful chest closure tomorrow, that he will tolerate it well and won't need to be reopened
- That he will remain free from infection
- that he won't develop a chylothorax

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever. (Psalm 73:26 NLT)

Thanks for thinking of us today,and most of all thanks for praying for Thomas!


  1. Thank you for your posts and for the verses you end with..epecially love Psalms 73:26. Praying for you all continually. Praying that the Lord will continue to give you strength, courage and peace. Love that when we are weak, He is strong.


  2. We are so glad that Thomas is continuing to heal. Enjoy your day with him....may it be peaceful and restful. Our thoughts and prayers will continue....we hope you both can get some rest as we are sure with surgery tomorrow it will be a long day....take care and you have our best...Aunt Mary, Uncle Ken, Sarah and Wilson

  3. I prayed just a few hours ago that they wouldn't rush to close his chest. Praying for urine!

    Tracy Hays

  4. We are thinking of you and praying.
    Thank you for the updates and your very touching thoughts. I had thought about you being able to see his precious heart. Yes, we are fearfully and wonderfully made!
    Praying for a wonderful day for the three of you.

    Cynthia (Cindy) Howard

  5. We are continually praying for your peace, comfort, and perseverance. hope that you and TJ are getting some rest. We hope that Thomas does great with his surgery tomorrow. Have a great day. Love the Stones

  6. We continue to pray for Thomas. Your faith guides us. Diddly and Rolfe

  7. So glad to hear that his intestines seem to be healed! I pray that all goes well with closing up his chest. Please Bless his little strawberry heart, Lord.
    Karen Gates

  8. That's so crazy you can see his heart beating that's something most parents dont get to see :) I am praying for baby Thomas daily he's such a cutie!

  9. Praying for that sweet boy! Look forward to post-closure updates tomorrow. So glad you have been able to see his heart--that's just incredible, and I can imagine it must bring you some peace right now. Thomas is such a lucky boy, and while his heart needs physical healing, it is full! Baby Thomas knows how loved he is. Thinking of you guys.

  10. Lifting up Thomas and his doctors more this morning. What time is the closure? Update us when you can! Hugs to all of you!