Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Update from Sarah, Tuesday AM

Good morning, Friends;

The last few days have been such a roller coaster ride for us. In five days we have welcomed a new baby, gone home, and then returned to the hospital. And can I tell you that the first hospital visit this week was a whole lot more fun than this one? I am having to remind myself that God loves me, and my family, more than I can imagine...and that above all, He is good, even if I don't understand what He's doing.

Michael gave a quick update last night, but here are the pertinent details:
  • Nora spiked a fever yesterday afternoon, and the pediatrician sent us straight to Children's.
  • In the ER, they tested her blood, urine, and spinal fluid. They also swabbed her eyes, nose, and mouth. They are culturing all of these, but early tests reveal no serious infections.
  • Nora is being treated with broad spectrum antibiotics, just in case this is a yucky bacterial infection. We won't know for sure for a couple of days, and chances are this is a virus; still, we'd rather be cautious and over-treat her.
  • Nora still has a fever as of right now (100.5), and that is with doses of Tylenol every four hours.
  • Michael and I both are staying at the hospital; Mops is at home with Phoebe. (She was already here trying to help us get adjusted to family-of-four life.)
  • I think Nora is the biggest trooper of us all, rarely complaining and sleeping better than either Michael or me.
Please pray for us. I know that there are many more seriously ill children here at the hospital, but this is scary for us. Michael is trying to be strong for all of us, and I imagine his stores are pretty low. I'm an emotional mess, thanks to postpartum hormones. I can't imagine that much of this is easy for Phoebe, either; I wish she was big enough to understand even a little bit of what is going on. And we're all exhausted, and came into the hospital that way. We are praying that this fever (and whatever is causing it) gets out of Nora's body as soon as it possibly can so that we all can get home and get back to normal.

I'll update more as I know more. I imagine we'll be seeing a doctor sometime this morning.


Mrs. Olsen said...

I can't imagine how stressful this must be! You guys will be in our thoughts and prayers!

The Sinks said...

Oh no, I am so sorry to hear all of this! I will definitely be praying for all of you.

Erin said...

I will be keeping you all in our prayers especially Nora and big sis Phoebe. I can't imagine having to go back to the hospital already. I pray that you will continue to trust in our Lord who is the Great Physician. Trusting we will get a happier update soon!

April said...

Dear Sarah, Michael and family,

This is April MacGrotty (Mop’s friend, Jo Loeb’s daughter). I have enjoyed following your blog for the last couple of weeks and was so excited to follow the birth of Nora Mae. I had to write and let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We also had to take Mazie Jo back to the hospital a few days after birth, and it was terrifying and exhausting. I know also how emotionally draining it is so soon after giving birth. It sounds like Nora is receiving good care, and I just know that you will be home with Phoebe and Nora soon. Hang in there!

Our very best wishes,

April and family

Tara Smith said...

We will definately pray for you! The same thing happened to us when Mallory was 4 1/2 weeks old. It ended up being just a virus but it wasn't fun going through.

Liz said...

Poor Nora (and you guys!) You're all in our prayers and I hope you're home safe and sound soon!!