So it’s been awhile since I’ve updated everyone. Mostly because not much has changed around here. This will probably be my last website update while in Saskatoon. The next ones will come more frequently when we get to Edmonton. Holy Cow we are leaving for Edmonton on Tuesday and Norah is having open heart surgery!!! I’m still having a hard time wrapping my brain around this all. Somehow I haven’t really freaked out completely yet, however stress levels are obviously higher around our house. Even Libby has noticed a time or two where Mom and Dad seem to be different, yes, that’s how I’ll put it, different. Please pray that we continue to have peace and that stress levels can stay “normal.” Wait, what the heck is normal stress levels in a time like this?
I’ll just stop writing like that as I might have begun the “freak out” if I kept that up. Whew. Anyways, thank you so much for those that have already helped us out financially. We have raised over $700 to help cover expenses. If you still wish to donate please visit here and just add a comment for what the funds are for. These funds will go through my work at Ranger Lake Bible Camp which has set this up, all gifts will be tax receiptable. Again, thanks so much for those that have helped out.
We will be doing our best to keep everyone informed about what’s happening while in Edmonton. From my twitter to facebook to this site you should see updates. Also Dawn has setup a “Carepage” here, which is a website hosted by the hospital as we are told internet in the hospital has been known to block facebook for some weird reason. We shouldn’t have issues with hospital internet as I have added a data plan onto my iphone and we will be getting most of our internet that way. So their should be no problems with us updating in a few different places.
Thank you for all your prayers and support. We look forward to coming home and celebrating when this is all over.
Praise God! We have been granted a surgery date in Edmonton of February 4th. This is sooner than we where expecting and it just goes to show how God is listening to our prayers and looking after our little girl. Right now we are still excited to have a date set and the reality of what is going to happen in surgery isn’t setting in yet. We are still at peace that God is in control and we know that He is with us every step of the way. We are so thankful for getting this date as early as we have.
On a related note: Yesterday while attending the Saskatoon Evangelical Youth Workers monthly meeting, myself and my family received an outpouring of love and prayers as I was surrounded and prayed over. I don’t think it is a coincidence that we got word of surgery date the very next day. God is so awesome! When I told them about how we had applied at Kinsmen Telemiracle for funding to cover our travel, accommodations, and other expenses they felt led by God that the Body of Christ should help rather than relying on another organization to help a brother in Christ. Therefore, Ranger Lake Bible Camp is taking donations to help cover our expenses. We have already received over $200 and are feeling so blessed by this act of love and generosity. If you would like to help with our expenses, which could be close to $1000, you may donate online to Ranger Lake here and just add a note in the comment box to let us know that’s what the funds are for.
Thank you for all your prayers and support. Please remember to mark down Feb 4 on your calendars to pray for us. Also please be praying that our family and Norah stays healthy. Any sickness, even if only small, will delay her surgery. Which also means that if you are visiting us, please just stay away if you have any cold or flu symptoms, and remember that we still love you and will happily have you come visit us after the surgery is over or you get better.
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Most of you know this already from my many facebook status updates this past week, but in case you missed it. On Tuesday we went into the hospital to have Norah’s NG tube put in. We have been trying to do whatever we could to avoid this, but Norah just wasn’t gaining weight. We realized that this was the correct decision and as unpleasant as it seemed, it was necessary. God continues to give us peace about how He is walking us through this journey.
Tuesday late afternoon the tube went in. Watching this was the hardest thing I’ve had to see Norah go through. However, once it was over (it is very quick), and once Norah stopped screaming and we stopped crying, it really wasn’t as bad as we thought. Norah actually screamed louder each time they had to take her blood pressure. So after a couple nights in the hospital we finally got to leave. We had to stay for so long to get the feedings down, learn how to use the feeding pump, how to put in the NG tube (Dawn did it once), and to make sure she was gaining weight in a healthy manner. On the first day she actually gained weight too quickly. Weird. Here we had been trying to get her to gain weight and she goes and pigs out first day in the hospital. What we didn’t know was that gaining weight too quickly could be really bad. So they got that figured out and we are at home now. Norah is taking to the new feeding schedule very well and had gained 8oz just in the time at the hospital! We are so thankful to all the nurses, dietitians, and doctors at the hospital. They made our short time there so much easier. It makes me appreciate all the nurse friends I have so much more. Who knows, maybe I’ll go back there to volunteer some day.
So now we just continue to wait for Norah’s surgery. And we also hope we can figure out how to get some rest in the meantime. Please pray that a date would be given to us soon. Thank you for all your prayers and support.
Just wanted to give everyone a quick update to pray for us as this afternoon we had Norah admitted to Royal University Hospital to have her feeding tube put in. While it was difficult to watch the tube go in for the first time we are seeing that she is taking a lot more food in already. In just two feedings she “drank” 6 oz, which before would have taken most of the day. So we are beginning to see the advantages, however, we are still getting used to having Norah hooked up to machines and equipment to monitor her.
As I write this I am at home alone as Libby has gone to the grandparents until Norah can come home and there is only room for one parent to sleep on the peds ward. It is very weird to be at home alone. While one would think that I should be able to catch up on all that sleep I’ve been missing, however, I’m not sure I will get much rest tonight.
Please pray that our hospital stay can be cut as short as needed and that Dawn and I will feel comfortable to bring Norah home soon and continue tube feeding on our own. After seeing the tube go in, I just can’t think of one of us having to put the tube back in when she pulls it out or it needs to be changed. Thankfully we know some nurses
Lastly, pray for Dawn tonight as she is alone at the hospital.
It seems like such a long time since my last update. I feel like so much and yet so little has happened since my last update. Holidays was mostly relaxing as I was able to be at home with the family. However, it was also very exhausting and in some ways continues to be. In an effort to do whatever we can to avoid a feeding tube we have been feeding Norah as often as possible. We continue to wake up and feed her in the night, which is the job I get to do. While the routine has set in and we are somewhat used to it, we still continue to fight the lack of sleep we are getting. But, it is all paying off because Norah doesn’t need a feeding tube, yet. She is finally over 9lbs!! (She was 7lbs 13oz when she was born) Now we are in the waiting game as we wait for her surgery. While there is some paper work we can do like Ronald McDonald House, Kinsmen Telemiracle Funding, etc, etc to keep our minds off the actual surgery itself, in the back of our minds is still this one big thought…. Norah is getting OPEN HEART SURGERY!!!! Please pray for our energy levels, while we are leaning on the peace of God and feel like He is in control, we still have moments and need to continually reminder ourselves that we are not in control. And for that fact we are thankful.
The next step now is to keep doing what we are doing to help Norah gain as much weight as possible before her surgery. Until next time.
Hey everyone the LOVE adoption shirts are now available for purchase for $25. Buy a shirt and know that the proceeds are helping a wonderful couple in their quest to adopt from Ghana. In fact, we are having a fundraiser this coming weekend. To get your shirt and your tickets to the Steak Night, please contact Kathy at 306-222-8731. Please get your tickets before this Wednesday as that is the cut off date.
Let’s all show this couple how much we love and support them as they get ready to fly to Ghana in less than 2 weeks time. And don’t they just look great in those shirts? Who wouldn’t want one?