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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Still in ICU on *Day 3*

John getting his wires put back together after his first sponge bath

Good Night John Boy! We love you soooo much!
(New movie at the bottom of the post.)

Here's one we caught with his eyes opened!

This is what he has been doing all day. Poor guy! The nurses want him out of bed more today. He sits in it for about two hours at a time, after that he is quite worn out.

Today is the start of day three. John threw up again even though he hasn't eaten anything since before surgery. He is on three different medications just for his tummy but nothing has worked yet. The doctor wants John in the chair more than the bed today but John is not excited about that. He is very brave and acting mature. When he cries he says, "I can't help it any more." That breaks your heart. We are still in intensive care and on morphine every three hours. Even with all the pain meds he moans about his head hurting bad. Last night he felt up to watching a episode of the Andy Griffith show (one of his favorites) and Barney and Opie really helped distract him. :) His legs are doing much better; still swollen though.
Aunt Marjorie and Grandma are being dropped off at the train station with the rest of the gang while I write. Mom has been doing night shift and is sleeping at the McDonald House now.
The doctor just came in. He wants to try to get John to take a few steps today if possible.
Thank you for your prayers today in your churches and families! We can't tell you how much we appreciate you all.
Update 2:00pm -John's pain seems to have subsided since this morning. Thanks for the prayers! He is back in bed, asleep. He did his neck exercises before getting in bed. None of us like doing the exercises with him but they have to be done often.
In order for us to move from ICU to pediatrics, John's pain has to be under control and he has to drink and eat without throwing up. Keep up the prayers!! :)
Update 10:20pm- John was tired today and not very responsive. We were hoping his bandage could come off but that has been postponed till tomorrow. The nurses switched him from morphine to a drug similar to it to be better on his tummy. He held down sips of water, ginger ale and a couple of cheerios. He seemed weaker -hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. Here is a new movie from today.



Blogger Sara N. Smith said...

Thank you for to-the-minute updates. It helps to know exactly what to pray for.
My heart goes out to little John and my heart goes out to you hurts so badly when you see your brother (or son) in so much pain.
Blessings to you all. Hoping you will have a restful night!

Sunday, September 23, 2007 7:12:00 PM  
Blogger Marg said...

Thank you for the updates! John is in my thoughts constantly and look forward to the day he drives up my driveway with his daddy. Miss that adorable smile. He is so brave. God Bless to you all...Miss Margaret, Fred & Sanford, Lola, and the Girls!

Sunday, September 23, 2007 8:01:00 PM  

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