Archive for April, 2009

New Blog

April 8, 2009

I have been working on a new blog and I just about have it set up.  I am so sorry to change on everyone but blogspot is so much more user friendly.  Please click on the link to my new blog and then bookmark it right away.  I won’t transfer the old posts over so you can always come back here and check them but I will be trying to post all my new posts on the new blog.  Hang in there with me while I figure everything out.

http://mnkhart.blogspot.com/

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We are home!!!

April 7, 2009

We finally made it home!  Micah is feeling a lot better and we finally got him weaned from his oxygen.  He still doesn’t have a lot of energy but I see a big improvement today.  We picked up our other two kids and we are all home as a family.  The other kids are a lot better now also.  They are coughing still but I see a big improvement in their health.  There will be a couple days of rest in our home and then I believe we will be back to our normal routine.  Thanks again everyone for all the prayers and support.  God is good!

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This is where we spent most of our time…..rocking.

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Just relaxing.

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Micah asleep in his hospital crib.

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Getting a breathing treatment today.  Usually he was laying flat or in our arms but this was his last one and he was starting to feel a lot better.

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Going home!

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Micah was so happy to see Sierra that he reached out and leaned into her arms.  She sat in the chair and rocked him and he just snuggled right in next to her.  It was so precious to watch.

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Caleb was excited to see Micah also.

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Another update

April 6, 2009

The hospital blocks my access to this blog as well as facebook so I posted my email updates from the last few days.  They just tried again to take Micah off oxygen and his sats dropped.  I guess they will probably try again tomorrow morning.

Mike just arrived home with our other two kids.  They also have pneumonia and now will start some antibiotics.  I have a precription to treat my sinus infections and they also gave Mike one because he feels sick now.  Hopefully this will work and we will all heal quickly.  It is difficult to take care of sick kids when both  Mike and I don’t have a lot of energy.  I just can’t wait until we can be home again.  I am so thankful to my parents who have been stepping in and watching the kids for us.  My mom went from taking care of my sick kids all night to going over to rock Micah while I came home. 

We will get through this 🙂  I guess when it rains sometimes it pours.

Micah 4-6-09

April 6, 2009

Hello again,
 
This is going to be a quick update because Micah just woke up.  I am sure he will be wanting his mommy to rock him soon 🙂
 
Micah seems about the same today.  He is down to 1/2 liter of oxygen now.  They have tried several times to take him off but each time his sats drop and we have to start it again.  They are going to try him off IV fluids for awhile to see how he does.  I hope that helps him to pick up on his nursing.  He will still be getting IV antibiotics while he is here. 
 
I can tell he still feels lousy because he sleeps most of the time and just has a straight face when he is awake.  He has been a bit fussy and has needed to be suctioned so he can breath.  His lungs still sound wheezy and crackly.
 
The doctor said that once he can come off the oxygen for 6-8 hours then we will talk about going home.  That could be tomorrow morning or sometimes they linger on 1/2 liter for several days. 
 
Mike woke up today sick, I already had been getting a sinus infection yesterday and my mom called to tell me both our other kids are sick.  Mike will be going to the doctor with them soon.  My doctor called me in a script so that I could stay here at the hospital with Micah. 
 
Thanks again for all your prayers.  I will try to snap a few more pictures and send them later.
 
Kara

Micah 4-5-09

April 6, 2009

Hey Everyone,
 
I am a little bit more awake today so I hopefully this email is more informative than the last one 🙂 
 
First the newest update on Micah.  Micah is doing much better than when we brought him in last night.  He is on only 1 liter of oxygen now.  They come in and do breathing treatments every four hours.  He also has an inhaler that he needs to take (and will continue to be on for a long time).  He is on IV fluids and IV antibiotics for the pneumonia.  They also give him prednisolone every six hours.  He still is not eating a lot so they need to keep his fluids up.  He will take a couple ounces of breast milk about every 6 hours and he did eat 10 bites of food for my mom.  Micah has been asleep most of the day and he is very uncomfortable when coughing.  He has had a few times when smiles broke through today.  He was very excited when my Grandparents and Mother came for a visit. 
 
Today my mom stayed and rocked Micah for several hours so that Mike and I could run home for a quick shower and run an errand.  We also got to say a quick hi to our other two children who are staying with my parents.  My parents were on their way to the coast for a vacation when they got the call yesterday afternoon that Micah was being rushed by ambulance to the hospital.  They decided right away to turn around and come back to help us out.  Normally we would have had several babysitting options for Caleb and Micah but Caleb has been sick and Sierra was just starting to show so symptoms of this flu bug.  I am so grateful to have parents who are so willing to step up and help us.  Thank you mom and dad! 
 
For those of you who haven’t heard here is the story of what happened.  Caleb got really sick starting last weekend with the flu.  We almost had to take him in but on Friday he started to get better.  Around Wednesday Micah started to show the same symptoms.  I rocked him almost all day on Thursday and Friday.  On Saturday morning I told Mike that I was really worried about Micah and I felt he needed to go to the walk in clinic right away.  I wasn’t ready so Mike jumped in the car and took him. 
 
About an hour later I got the call that Micah was going to Children’s Hospital by ambulance.  They could not keep his oxygen level high enough and he was a very very sick little baby.  The doctor even told the ambulance driver to “Drive Fast!”  Mike followed the ambulance (which drove 90 mph on the freeway) and I made arrangements for the other children.  When Micah arrived Mike said a team of nurses, RTs and doctors surrounded him.  They started and IV, more inhaled medications, and took a chest x-ray.  They determined that he probably had a viral infection that then turned into a bacterial pneumonia.  When I arrived and saw my rapidly deterorating baby I cried and then took pictures 🙂  They were just about to send him up to the PICU when he started to improve. 
 
The fluids started to give him more strength, the antibiotics started to kick in and they finally got his fever down.  All of that caused his heart rate to drop to a safe level his respiatory rate to slow a little and his oxygen levels to at least be in the 90’s.  Pretty soon he perked up a bit and even cried.  Before he was so lethargic that he wouldn’t even cry. 
 
Last night was tough and I didn’t get much sleep.  Micah was very fussy and the alarms kept ringing.  At 3:00 am his IV blew and at 4:00 am we had to get him a new IV.  They attempted to take off the oxygen and his levels fell quickly into the 70’s.  So here we are today just waiting for our little guy to continue to heal.  Hopefully Mike and I will get a little more sleep tonight.  The doctor said he will definitely not go home today.  I have hope that maybe he will improve more after some rest tonight and we can make it home tomorrow.  I guess only time will tell. 
 
Pray for Micah to get well as well as the health of our other two children and Mike and I.  I feel like I am getting a sinus infection and I really need the strength to cuddle Micah and stay up with him when needed. 
 
Thanks again for all your prayers and support!
 
Kara
 
P.S. Our pastor just came by to check on Micah and pray with us!  That is pretty awesome!

Micah 4-4-09

April 6, 2009

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Hey Everyone,
 
I just tried to post a long update on my blog and poof it was gone.  I am too tired to write it all again so I just do a quick update and then put in a picture of Micah. 
 
He arrived by ambulance to Children’s this afternoon and he was in pretty bad shape.  He has pnemonia and was really struggling to breath.  They almost sent him up to the PICU but finally he started to improve and after 5 hours they sent him to a room on the floor.  He has improved a lot since his fever went down and they got some fluid in him.  He is stable now and perking up! 
 
I will write again tomorrow with an update.
 
Kara

Sick boys

April 4, 2009

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Well I only have a second to post this because Micah is on the floor crying to be back in my arms.  I have literally been rocking him all day.  It all started last weekend when Caleb started to get really grouchy and red cheeks.  By Monday he was pretty sick with the flu.  He slept most of in off in a few days.  Today he feels much better but still has this horrible cough that gags him.  Micah started to feel bad yesterday and today he is at the peek (I hope).  He feels so bad that he doesn’t even want to move.  I can tell his body aches and he can’t get comfortable.  I don’t remember ever having a baby this ill before.  Even when Micah had RSV and was in the hospital for a few days he wasn’t like this.  I know I am fighting this illness (swollen glands, runny nose, etc) but I have been praying hard that it doesn’t get me down.  My kids need me and Mike has been working a lot of overtime lately.  Keep us in your prayers as we heal and pray that Mike and Sierra do not come down with the flu. 

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Caleb & Bike

April 4, 2009

Caleb got a new bike for his 3rd birthday.   We were not sure if he was ready for it but it literally took him 15 minutes and he was riding like a champ!  I am amazed at how he zips around the cul-de-sac.  He even rode 2 miles to pick up his sissy from school the other day.  He has had a few falls but he gets right back on!  He has no fear and I cringe when he is riding but I think he has a lot more control than I think he does.  Here is a picture of him!

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