Baby Braden Petska

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Recipe for success 6:15pm

Hello everyone,
One week ago today was Braden's surgery....hard to believe! Today, the doctors are trying to figure out the best "recipe" for Braden to be comfortable (but not sedated); peeing off excess fluid (but not too much or he'll dehydrate); independent breathing (with a little support)....uggh! I know that this is "typical".....every kid is's just frustrating when they have to give him a "dash" of this and a dose of that....I just wish we could breathe for him. He's having another X-ray (as I write) to make sure those lil' lungs are still cooperating. He's been crying every now and again which is a good to our ears :-) Rich and I both got to hold him today.....a feeling I can't even begin to describe.

Rich left for home a bit's just me and Ronald until Friday evening. Speaking of Ronald.....the Ronald McDonald house is awesome. Volunteers come in on Wed. and Thurs. nights and cook dinner for everyone. Italian style dinner tonight.....much better than the cafeteria food (and my "home" cooking). They definitely make it your home away from home.

Starting tomorrow, we'll start to take visitors. I think the best way to do this is to e-mail our if you're interested in visiting. This way we can give you directions if needed and stagger everyone so we can "share" Braden (there's only 4 people at a time allowed in his PICU room).

Well, I'm going to head on back now for night duty.

Thanks for your continued support and prayers. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as Braden fights to breathe WELL on his own.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've got it! We are telling everyone we know to pray for Braden. Everytime you mention RMH, I want fries...but seriously, we are glad that they are there for you. We are glad that the doctors are working hard for the right solutions for Braden too. Take care and stay strong!


8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello to the most amazing parents and the strongest little boy I know...
We are thinking of you every day and hope that things will improve on a daily basis, and isn't it amzing to think that your precious son will not remember ANY of this. Glad to hear he's "kicking and screaming", as hard as it must be to know he's in discomfort,that must be music to your ears!
We send our best to All!
The Manitowoc McLaughlin's
Jenifer and Mac
Dick and Peg send their love and prayers, too!

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad things went better today! I knew the champ would pull through! I can't tell you how much help it is for us as your friends to hear the daily update on Braden! You three are constantly in our thoughts and prayers!
Kory, Lisa & Evan Glen

10:09 PM  
Anonymous John, Missy, and Tyler Nelson said...

We are still praying for you guys. You are amazing people and you have an amazing little boy. I saw the pictures of Braden yesterday and he is absolutely beautiful. I can't wait until you guys come home to Munising so we can see him!!

Take care and thanks for sharing all of Braden's progress on the blog. I am addicted!!

John, Missy, and Tyler Nelson

7:42 AM  

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