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, August 30, 2011

Odds, Ends and "Joy to the World"

Are you guys enjoying my catchy titles? I am trying my best to continue to be creative in the midst of the madness. We are having a good day with food, walking, sand art and the playing of the DS. Noah is doing well. He continues to improve every day. We have walked around twice today and are sitting in the chair most of the time rather that sitting in our bed. Our first walk was to the library down the hall. Our physical therapist accompanied us on this journey. I walked into the room and said "hi" to some of the ladies that work there and then announced, "I have a special guest with me". They saw Noah and yelled, "Yeah, Noah"! Can you tell he is very popular around here. It seems that everyone knows him. I guess if you take into account that we have been here for so long it makes sense. Below is a picture of Noah at the library and playing his DS in his room.
We also went to the game room today and played "Lego Batman" on the Wii. After playing I convinced Noah to go out on the patio. It was so nice to be outside and get some fresh air. It is the first time he has been outside for at least three to four weeks. I wish I had a picture to share but I didn't have the camera with me at the time. I will try to get one tomorrow.
This morning I had the nurse write down what his temperature has been for several days. I was trying to get a good feel for how it is trending. It is staying pretty steady on a low grade. He does have some higher ones in the last couple of days but only a few. His white count is still good so it isn't completely alarming to anyone. When the doctors rounded today I did let them know that I want to stay on top of his temperature and blood results. I don't want anything sneaking up on us. We do not want to go back where we have been before if we can avoid it.
The picture below is of a pipe cleaner martian man that I (Robin) created one day. The little dogs on each side were made by Mary who has been one of Noah's respiratory therapists. She was a lot of fun and Noah really liked her. As you have noticed throughout our blog, I have taken it upon myself to stretch the artistic skills of the medical staff of this hospital. They have done a great job and have been a lot of fun.
Lastly, I am sure you are wondering about the "Joy to the World" part of my title. When I was working on the blog earlier I heard one of our favorite nurses, Tracy, out in the hall singing, "Joy to the World". She was singing for everyone to hear. She is such a fun person and you can't help but love her. It really struck me at that moment that the song is all about Jesus. I was so happy to hear someone singing about HIM, the Savior of the world. One day when we see Him in heaven there will be no pain and no sorrow, just peace. That helps me to get through each day no matter how difficult it may be (and later on in this day it was one of them). I do hope that I am not here in this hospital to hear any more Christmas songs. I pray the next Christmas song I hear will be in my own house with our whole family. AMEN!


Anonymous Mrs.Ruth said...

Glad things are finally going great.Noah really looks great,and I am so happy for him. I know he will keep improving and be home soon. Tell him to keep working hard and let him know how much he is missed. Robin,I know you are excited that things are better,and Noah is doing so well. I am so happy for you all.

August 31, 2011 at 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Love that you're doing art as Noah heals!! :) What better way to pass the time?! Miss you!

August 31, 2011 at 10:54 PM  
Anonymous Leona Chambers said...

So glad I found your blog, I've been wondering how you are doing. Noah has improved so much since I left the Ronald McDonald house Aug. 21st. You are a incredible lady so dedicated and compassionate. My prayers continue for Noah's health and for a safe journey home for you both soon. God bless, Leona

September 1, 2011 at 2:42 AM  

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