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).

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday Small Surgery

Hello friends,

In about 30 minutes, Noah will be slightly sedated and have a small surgery done on his chest - to help the infected spot heal. This is where the last drain was located (but removed several days ago). Since last night's MRI showed no deep, internal spots of infection, the conclusion is this chest tube site is the source of Noah's persistent infection and fever.

Please pray for Noah, as he is hungry again - he couldn't have anything to eat or drink all morning. His stomach hurts (hunger pains) and he's reminding us of that every 22 seconds!

To distract Noah from his hunger, we went for a good walk (15 minutes) this morning, then we built a Lego Star Wars V-wing Starfighter (shown below). Amazingly, despite his discomfort, when the laptop snaps the picture Noah manages to paint on a smile. I am proud of him.

On a depressing note, Noah's blood culture from Sunday came back positive for Staph (that's bad). We had 3 or 4 days of negative (good) tests, so this is a disappointment, and might force Noah to be on antibiotics much longer.

Thanks for your prayers for Noah's comfort and peace during the small surgery today (scheduled for 11:30am PDT).

Adam (& Robin)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all look GREAT! We will continue to pray for healing. Please let us know if you need anything or how we can help out! Love, Clay, Stacey, Zach & Nick

July 26, 2011 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Thinking of y'all and praying daily. We would LOVE to get together this fall! Keep up the good work Noah! YOU ROCK!

July 26, 2011 at 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We hope the small surgery went well!! Stay strong Noah,( and Mommy & Daddy) we love you!!!

The Riners

July 26, 2011 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger Brandee said...

Hope the procedure went ok! He has been through so much and I pray soon he will get to be back home with his sisters! How are they doing at home? That was really stressful being seperated. You guys are such a long way from home..... hopefully not much longer!!!!

July 27, 2011 at 2:15 AM  
Anonymous Mrs.Ruth said...

Praying that his little surgery will go well and that Noah will be feeling better soon. I pray that he will be able to eat soon.He has been through so much lately and I know that it has been hard on him and you two as well.I will continue to pray for all of you. Tell Noah that his star wars starfighter ship is really cool.He really enjoys playing with legos. He always wanted to play legos in centertime at school.Stay strong and hopefully things will get back to normal soon.

July 27, 2011 at 12:24 PM  

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