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).

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Stable now with mask

Noah has gotten lots of rest today and his vitals are normal and stable.

He was given some sedation earlier today and that allowed him to sleep and ignore his discomfort. He is wearing a mask which allows him to "pressure breathe" (force air and medicines into his lungs). See the attached picture. The mask is better than being intubated again (tube down the throat), but even with the mask he cannot eat or drink - so he's back to being hungry and thirsty again. Even though Robin tried to tell Noah "Hey - you can pretend you're Darth Vader or a super-hero!", he still hates wearing it.

Some of Noah's IVs were rearranged and the "central line" (IV in his right neck) was removed because it tested positive for cultures (which could cause infection). He is on antibiotics for that, and he is being fed by IV. The plan is to remove Noah's mask later tonight and return to the nasal cannula (tube under the nose with nostril ports). We hope his breathing will be strong enough (without the mask) to heal his right lung.

In all of the drama and our concerns, there is a small funny story that our Bulloch County friends will enjoy: In the midst of Tuesday's drama (putting on the mask and going under sedation), Noah spontaneously cried out in frustration, "I want to go to Splash in the Boro!" (the water park located in Statesboro).

Thanks for your continued prayers for Noah, for Robin and I, my travels, and the girls. As difficult as the last two days have been, it is clear the Lord is carrying us along and being a great Provider. For His Glory through good and bad days...

Adam (& Robin)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

God will give you the strength to see this through. You are in our prayers.

July 20, 2011 at 9:36 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

Robin - We are praying! Love to all of you! Carol

July 20, 2011 at 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to pray fervently for Noah and you also. You are great parents and we wait to hear wonderful news from more of the Lord's blessings. Uncle Scott

July 21, 2011 at 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are thinking about you! and of course, you are always in our prayers. Maybe we can all go to Splash in the Boro when you return..Siena and Noah can trade hospital stories.
Please keep the updates coming.

July 21, 2011 at 4:24 PM  
Anonymous Mrs.Ruth said...

I will continue to keep you all in my prayers. Tell Noah I said to rest and he will be better soon. Take care and remember God will heal Noah and help you all through this difficult time.

July 21, 2011 at 5:57 PM  

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