Journey to China

This blog documents the Spitlers' progress towards the adoption of Xia Ping He (Noah Spitler) from the PR China. It also documents Noah's medical process in pursuit of a total repair to his CHD (congenital heart defect).

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Recovery Day #1

Noah had a good first day. He is under general sedation and pain killers to allow sleep and healing. He woke up several times, but is unable to talk because he has a ventilator tube in his mouth (helping him breathe). Because his body wants to collect fluid around the heart (a bad thing), the doctors and nurses want to keep him "dried out". Because of this and the tube in his mouth, Noah is always thirsty. He cries for water each time he wakes, and all we're able to give him is a small sponge on a lollipop stick, which he sucks on.

He is a very brave, tough boy and we know you'd all be proud of him!

We've taken several pictures, but only want to post these shown (to not alarm some of you who are like me - not keen on medicine!) The top picture was taken this morning when we were surprised to find him awake (and literally kicking - begging for water). The bottom is a picture of his new, PINK toes. The transformation from his previous (low) circulation is amazing.

Continued thanks to you for cards and e-cards (we got 4-5 more today) and of course for prayers that Noah would be comfortable in his healing. And, again, please thank God for Dr. Hanley and all the professionals here at LPCH!

Adam (& Robin)


Blogger Brandee said...

He looks really good! WOW! His lips look so pink!! Praying for that fluid to stay away. Thank you for posting the updates. So happy for Noah that soon he is going to be able to experience what its like to have a normal oxygen level!

P.S. Have you guys started feeling like you should be hearing "Hail to the Chief" or something of that nature when Dr Hanley walks in? After Laila's surgery we were so thankful to the surgeon and the skill he was blessed with. We just felt so much gratitude and appreciation for the new quality of life Laila would have!!! Its truly a miracle from God!!!

July 15, 2011 at 1:06 AM  
Blogger The Good Doctor's Wife said...

Even with all the tubes I can see how much more color he has in his face too...and not BLUE. :o) We are SO thankful all is well and will continue to keep you all in prayer. A new beginning for Noah!!!

July 15, 2011 at 6:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such happy posts.....I was away from the computer yesterday so it is so good to catch up and see how well he is doing. I know he must be terribly thirsty and pray for relief from that frustration. Praying for you all! Susan Allen

July 15, 2011 at 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Noah, you look very handsome! I'm sorry you're thirsty. I sat down and checked out the news immediately when I arrived from my airline day home today. Thanks, Adam & Robin, for keeping us in the loop and I hope you are better rested today....but, most of all Thanks God! for
Noah's continued improvement. Uncle Scott

July 15, 2011 at 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying for you, Noah! You look GREAT! Uncle Clay, Aunt Stacey, Zach & Nick

July 15, 2011 at 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Robin, Adam and Noah,
We are praising God with you! LOVE the pink toes!!! We will continue to pray for complete healing and that he can have something to drink real soon! God is good!
We love you,
Jane, Vivan, Skylar and Aidan :)

July 15, 2011 at 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God is good, he looks good.
Selam Blaine

July 16, 2011 at 10:47 AM  

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