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).

Friday, August 19, 2011

Good and Heavy

I want to let you all know that Noah is doing well. When I arrived this morning he appeared to be more like himself. His nurse, Colleen, said he was eating ice chips slowly and giving her some good coughs. Coughing is essential to his recovery. He has to get the secretions out of his lungs so he doesn't end up with another collapsed lung or something worse. It is also important to get him moving. We hope to maybe even get him sitting up in a chair today. They are talking about removing some of his chest tubes which would be great. They are also going to try and get rid of some of his IV lines. They don't want to keep these in too long because they are afraid of infection. I say, "YES", to removing anything that has to do with causing infection.
Since Noah was taking a nap I decided to go get something to eat downstairs in the cafeteria. As I sit here, outside, I can hear the sound of a helicopter. I have heard and seen them many times since I have arrived. When I see them I get a heavy heart. I know that more than likely they are delivering an organ that a child is waiting for in order to survive. I think about all the people I have met and how their children are fighting for their life waiting for an organ. It makes me happy for them when they finally get the organ they have been waiting for yet sad at the same time. Somewhere out there is another parent who is grieving for the loss of their child. I know this is way too heavy for you all but I share this because it has made me look at life in general and my life differently. I see how easy it is for us all to stay complacent in our own little world when there are so many who have real problems going on in their life. There are many life lessons in all of this. I pray God will help me to think twice when I want to complain about something that really isn't a big deal.
We thank you again so much for the prayers. I know many people are praying because there is no way we would have made it without prayer and encouragement. I hope to add a picture of one of Noah's doctors later today so stay tuned...

Hi, I am back to add a picture of Noah and Dr. Zebrack. We LOVE her. She and Noah have had some fun together. One day a couple of weeks ago they shared marshmallows together. We hope they will be able to do that again very soon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is such wonderful news! We are so happy to hear the good news. Andrew told me today that Noah is on his "team" at school fo the PAX game. He said that Noah will be so excited when he comes back to school, because their team is doing well :) We pray for Noah each and every day, and are so happy to hear that he is doing better. We are sending prayers, hugs and love to the whole family. -Emily, James & Andrew

August 19, 2011 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Brandee said...

Robin.... Noah looks so good! He is such a cutie!!!! Praying for some tubes to come OUT!!! You know after spending time with Laila after her heart surgery it really changed how I look at things. I am thankful that I have had a glimpse of what life is all about so I can take advantage of it now!!!

I finally finished reading the book that speaks about Dr Hanley. One day you will have to read it---Its called "Walk on Water". He is apparently one of the BEST surgeons in the world and I am so glad he was blessed with the talent to help Noah!!!

August 19, 2011 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Sled Dawgs said...

Noah looks so good. Know that we are still praying for him and all of you. Also thanks for the reminder today of what a blessed life we have. I do forget sometimes that there are people out there going through such trials and I am getting frustrated over such little things. Thanks for ministering to me today.

August 19, 2011 at 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so happy to see that Noah is doing better. We will keep praying that he is able to get the tubes and IVs out soon. I was telling Lee about Noah and showing him some of the pictures. We are all looking forward to meeting him when you return home. Sonya

August 19, 2011 at 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is in the middle of the night; I am trying to finish a paper work. I must admit, niether the paper nor "Georgia" is in my mind. You, Noah and your family in here are in my mind and I am sure in every bodies mind(dream). We thank you so much for taking your time to give us an update. May HE continue to keep your mind and heart in HIS perfect peace!

August 20, 2011 at 1:14 AM  
Anonymous Mrs. Ruth said...

Noah is looking better and I hope he can get some more of he tubes removed soon. I know it is hard for him to understand why he has so many. We had a good first week of school,but we missed Noah. His classmates will be glad to see him and so will I. I pray that his pain will ease up and that he will be able to try and walk some. We miss you both and will continue to pray for fast healing and no more infection. Tell Noah hello for me.

August 20, 2011 at 3:52 PM  

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