Baby Braden Petska

Thursday, August 31, 2006

2 weeks old today!

Hello everyone,
Well, our little trooper has definitely been our human yo-yo. He does well for a few hours with breathing, then he struggles for a few more. The neonatal intensivist we've been working with was up all night thinking of our little guy trying to come up with a reason behind his breathing troubles. With all of the testing they've done, she seems to think his little lungs just need time to catch up with all of the re-routing of his blood flow....unfortunately, it's taking more time than we expected. They will be doing another echo today to rule out anything with the heart that's causing this....so far, everything looks great with the heart, but they still have to rule it out. They will then do another blood culture to make sure there's no infection. The culture they did the other day was negative, but they need to still rule out infection in case something has changed in the last 24 hours. Unfortunately, they needed to re-intubate as I write. The only positive side of this is that they can feed him while he's intubated to "beef" him up for extubation round 3....hopefully the famous quote, "Third time's a charm" will be his motto.

Rich is back to work today.....I do have to share him with the students and staff at HHS :-) We've been in constant contact....I know it's harder for him to be away than for me to be here without him.

Something I forgot to mention about the visiting situation is that if you or anyone in your family is sick, please don't come.....I'm sure you're all aware of this, but I did have to mention it....PICU rules!

Thank you for continuing to lift our spirits everyday with the blog comments, e-mails, and prayers. Our aching hearts are touched with the amount of love and support that surrounds us each day.

Love,
Steph

7 Comments:

Anonymous The Swengel Family said...

We think of you often and continue to pray for you and your precious son. God is already answering prayers lifted on your behalf; you are surrounded by many people who love, care and show their concern for you. As you continue on this unexpected journey, we pray you will always be aware of His presence.
Most sincerely,
Dave, Linda and John Swengel

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph, your strength shines each and everytime you write to Bradens blog. It's amazing by just reading it, we feel just how strong and determined you are as him mommy!! Our thoughts are with each and everyday, we love you and will continue to pray for your wonderful family.
Love the heiss family

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do hope they come up with an answer to the breathing problems very soon. Braden is a brave litle fighter. He has friends in the UK wishing him well all along the way.

Bless you all.
Lin SUnderland

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Steph and Rich! We've been following Braden's progress everyday - Jenny kept track while we were away and kept us up to date. We have you in our prayers and close to our hearts - he has so many people in his corner and what a Mom and Dad he has! We know where he gets his strength from. Bless you all. Much love to you, Cousin Bonnie and Louie

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Kay Sliter said...

Even with all the tubes and "stuff" Braden is obviously a handsome guy! We learned to look past those tubes and needles with Jacqueline. We pray for him and for you every day. As he improves and can go forward with gusto you will find all of this trauma fades and blessedly, he will remember none of it. May that time of healing and health start soon. Helen will be here Saturday and I will show her Braden's photo. Take care of yourselves. Dave and Kay Sliter

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi: Our thougths and prayers are with you every day. Our friends started a chain prayer yasterday for Braden, the little Angel is a fighter.
Lots of love
Pete and Irma

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph and Rich,

Daily updates certainly keep us all very well informed and we all appreciate the extra effort it must take to type and share these daily thoughts as if we were right there in Braden's room watching him make improvements and sharing in the joy that God is performing a miracle within our own eyes.
Recalling the heartache of not hearing for extended periods of time from our son Jason while he served his country in Iraq in 2005 or not receiving letters from loved ones that fought during the Vietnam War, I can't imagine how Grandma Patsy and Grandpa Greg would survive if they didn't have the Blogger to read each and everyday.
God bless you during these next few weeks as Braden will be home in his little bedroom before you know it.

Love always

Uncle Dale Aunt Cheryl

10:33 PM  

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