Baby Braden Petska

Thursday, September 07, 2006

We've moved....again!

Good afternoon,
Braden is officially a resident on floor 4!!!!! He managed the road trip okay and is now settling into his new home. Because the floor is so full, he does have to bunk up with another baby. Although we are very happy he has "graduated" to the 4th floor, we were a little sad to leave all of the wonderful people who took care of us in the PICU.

It was really interesting to meet and work with the speech pathologist who is helping Braden to eat. Something I never knew: there's a nerve that wraps around the aorta that controls our left vocal chord. Sometimes with heart patients (esp. HLHS kids), the nerve can stretch, causing the left vocal chord to swell as well (I'm a little rusty with my medical terminology, but I'm pretty sure I relayed this informaton accurately). This could cause some difficulty with Braden's swallowing. They're not too concerned about that right now, but the speech path. noticed that his cry sounds a little hoarse, so they'll keep an eye on that vocal chord/nerve issue. It's very interesting to see how much coordination it takes to suck, swallow, and breathe. This is a natural instict he has lost and now has to learn. The speech path. said, "Imagine running up a flight of stairs and then trying to chug a bottle of water." That's what it's like right now for Braden to try and eat on his own. He did take 1/2 an ounce on his own at 9 and noon today, so we're very happy that he's making progress.

We continue to pray for Braden's progress each and everyday. We know that God is listening and watching over Braden during this amazing journey. Thanks for continuing to pray for our lil' fighter!

Thanks for reading,


Anonymous Sarah Wellhausen said...

Congrats on moving to the 4th floor! Wow- what a incredible 3 weeks for you and the little guy. The pix was darling and I can't wait to see how he does with eating! I'll see you and Rich and Braden soon- Love, Sarah

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rich, Steph & Braden:

Thanks so much for letting me stop by the hospital today. Braden, you're already the toughest person I know. (you must get that from your Mom's side - sorry Daddy Petska) Next time I promise to make up for not bringing a birthday gift today. Rich, start building a shed for Braden's new pony!

Jeff Roach

6:56 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

Wow, what a great bunch of updates. Never knew until now how much of an inspiration a 3 week old, 8 pound person could be :) It's obvious he gets it from his mom and dad, you two continue to amaze me with your strength through all of this. The family pic is priceless, your smiles say it all.
Love, hugs and continued prayers coming your way from the Ericksons

8:55 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hi Petska Family! Even though we've moved to Kalamazoo we still have all the people we love from Munising in our hearts. It sounds like Braden is a real fighter, he is so cute we'll keep praying he keeps recovering and will be home with mom & Dad real soon. He must feel that he's got a real special and even though we don't know Rich he must be pretty special too if he's with Steph. God bless you all your in our thoughts & prayers.Love The Landfairs

11:30 AM  

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