No News Is Good News

Hey everyone,

Today was a very steady day. No news is good news. We expect this to continue until his next surgery on Tuesday. The doctors are pleased with how he’s been doing since he had to be re-intubated early yesterday morning. Considering that he only had a little more than one lung to breathe with and did so for over 40 hours is actually quite impressive. Apparently, for a teenager or an adult, this isn’t such a big deal, but it is for a newborn. And, if you factor in that only one side of his heart is doing all the pumping, we know he’s a fighter for sure. Yeah, I’m bragging a little. :)

One of the positives right now is that Judah will have about a week to “fatten up”. It’s good that he’ll have some time to gain some healthy weight before the surgery. Also, they are weaning him off some of the medications for his heart and transitioning him from getting his meds through IVs to taking them orally (through his feeding tube). So, it’s encouraging that while we’re waiting for the surgery, he is still making progress in other areas. In addition, they did an echocardiogram of his heart to check its functionally and it’s doing great! We’re incredibly happy about that!

Yesterday was a very hard day so we’re grateful that today was smooth. Thank you all so so much for your messages and comments yesterday. It helps so much more than you know. The love and care that you’ve shown us is something we are continually amazed and humbled by. It will never be forgotten.

Here are a few prayer requests:
– that he would continue to tolerate the milk they are giving him through his feeding tube
– that he would gain some healthy (not water or fluid) weight
– that his heart would continue to grow in strength

And above all these, that our God, who is able, would release healing into every part of Judah’s body.

Thank you all!

Much love,
Nick & Liz

Here’s a great video from today:

Judah’s Hiccups from Nick Dantonio on Vimeo.

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