Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Update on our sweet little fighter

I don't have to tell you how concerned we are right now. It is so hard to be away from his bedside, but the doctors really believe it's in our best interest to get some rest, for our sake--for his sake. We know you are all with us, and we have received so many beautiful emails and blog posts. Thank you so much. They keep us going, and remind us that we must keep the faith, even during this most difficult of times. They have also required us to have lots of Kleenex on hand.

When we left the hospital this evening, Daniel was stable. His heart is working, and the ECMO machine is doing the heavy lifting to give his heart a rest. The good news we have to hang onto: his body is producing urine, which it wasn't producing much last night. Though his heart is beating slowly, it is indeed beating. His oxygen level is stable. He is a fighter. The anesthesiologists, who have come to love Daniel dearly, gave us reassurance that he was even fighting under sedation and he moved all of his limbs, which is good.

The next steps: they will continue to allow his heart to get stronger, while he remains on the ECMO machine. They will work on building up his lung capacity again, and we can only take things day by day. The surgeon was "cautiously optimistic".

We can't thank you enough for your love and support. Please continue spreading the word to all of your prayer chains. We are so blessed to have so many people who care about Daniel.

We will update in the morning.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

We are thinking of you and your little guy today!

Ann, Edwin, and Zoe Ozawa

Anonymous said...

Contacting Prayer Warriors and praying for Daniel and you guys. The doctor is right you need to rest too so you can be healthy and there for Daniel.
Take care and may the Lord bless
Ginger

Mo said...

Pray pray pray! Try and rest... Although it seems impossible. He is in the best hands..he has to get better. Positive...LOVE YOU ALL mo&fam.

Jennifer and Greg said...

Jim and Lisa,

I was so surprised and saddened to read your post. Of course our prayers are with you and I have asked a group of praying friends to join me in lifting him up!

Daniel is a fighter. Look at all he endured while waiting for his forever family. He has the love and support of his family now and that will help him pull through.

I am certain all his doctors adore him. He is precious!

With love and Prayers,
Jennifer and Greg

Anonymous said...

Stay strong and know that our prayers will be answered. We all knew he was a fighter just like his new family and now he will prove it to everyone!

God bless,

Rita and Don

Anonymous said...

Go Daniel, my prayers are with u guys. Hope daniel continues his journey without anymore hardships.

love
Myles

Ana said...

Thank you for the update. We talked to Gi about little Daniel. Her response was "I think I will kiss him and I will love him." She is very optimistic that Daniel will get better and we are too. So we hope you will get some rest. Can't wait to see Daniel's bright face when he comes home from the hosisal (Gi lingo for hospital). Hugs and kisses, 3Ds

Carrie said...

We are all praying for you guys....I know the Holy Spirit is with you lean on it Lisa..I know you know how.
Can't wait to hear from you.

XXOOCarrie

Carmen said...

I was so tickled that my prayer group brought a printed copy of Daniel's picture to our meeting tonite. Like everyone else, they fell in love with that face.

Thanks for the update and get some really good rest tonight.

Life with Billy and Lily said...

We are all thinking and praying for Daniel and all of you. I posted a message to the Yahoo group this morning and asked them to follow your blog and pray. I know we are far away from you, but you are always in our thoughts and prayers. Think positive and stay strong. Love, The McCarthy Family

Anonymous said...

Prayers for all of you. I know that with all of the love and support Daniel has, he is bound to be on the road to recovery soon.
XOXO
Mindy

Anonymous said...

Lisa, we are praying for Daniel and your family! God Bless.
love, the Robinson family