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).

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day, friends.

We've had a nice weekend here in Palo Alto. Noah has been in relatively good health and excellent spirits. Olivia and Madison's presence here has clearly made a positive change to his demeanor.

Yesterday was a day of success. Noah ate and drank throughout the day and wasn't sick one time! We had limited success with intestinal issues (which is good), but please keep praying for improvement there.

Many of you know how hard Robin has worked this summer. It has been a virtually non-stop nine weeks for her; caring for Noah 16 hours each day, then slipping back to the Ronald McDonald House at night for short hours of sleep (plus laundry and the blog). Our visit this weekend allowed me to "cut her loose" and get some time away. She and each daughter spent time alone shopping, eating, and going to Starbucks; and I think she even got 9 hours of much-needed sleep each night! Yea, Robin!

Olivia and Noah spent much of the day together yesterday, going on walks, playing games on my work iPad, and doing crafts in the hospital's "kids' room". Around 4pm, I sensed Noah was tired, so we turned off all the "electronic media," put Olivia in bed with Noah, and guess what? - 2 minutes later we had 2 kids fast asleep! After 90 minutes of sound sleep, they woke, Noah got his 2nd daily dose of antibiotics, and we headed to the cafeteria for dinner. Dinner was a smorgasbord of Mexican food from a local restaurant (Noah ate fish tacos), authentic Japanese food sent over by "Miss Junko" (Elizabeth's Mom), and Grammy's chocolate chip cookies. Once again, we are humbled and grateful for the wonderful support friends and family everywhere are providing us...including yummy meals in both Palo Alto and Statesboro!

Today, Noah is having a pretty good morning; no sickness so far. He and the girls grabbed coloring books and headed down to the cafeteria for a walk and a sit in the sun. I'm due to join them (shortly) before packing and heading to the airport for our return to Georgia (this afternoon). So, I will sign off.

Clearly, we are getting through this only by the supernatural intervention of a limitless God. Great thanks to many of you for praying!

As soon as we learn anything about a possible transfer to a Georgia hospital, we'll share that with you.

God Bless each of you-- Adam

PS. We'll try to add some photos later today.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're thankful Adam and girls got to visit and Noah is progressively healing! Uncle Scott and family.

September 6, 2011 at 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aunt Debbie and I have been keeping Noah in our prayers and know the awe-inspiring love and mercy of an all powerful God.
We have been following Noah's progress and know that God has placed people in his path for His reason.
Your families trust in Him has been and will be an inspiration to others.
The world is a better place with you all in it
Uncle Bill & Aunt Debbie

September 6, 2011 at 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

My heart is full for all of you!

September 6, 2011 at 11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My eyes are filled with tears to see your family together again and to see how well Noah is doing. Thank you for keeping us updated. I love the pics with the girls and Noah. What a tremendous blessing for them to be able to visit you and Noah. May God speed his recovery.

September 7, 2011 at 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Mrs.Ruth said...

My heart was filled with so much joy for you all. I was so excited to hear how good Noah is doing. He looks great and I know he is happy to be able to get up and move around. I know he enjoyed having Olivia and Madison to play with. I know it meant alot to all of you to be back together as a family.My prayers are with you and I hope things will continue to improve with sweet Noah. I am sending him a special HELLO and a BIG HUG AND KISS.Thank you Robin for all the updates on Noah.

September 7, 2011 at 8:43 PM  

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