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).

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Labor Day Visit

Hi Friends,

We are well into our ninth week here in California. To take advantage of the 3 day weekend, the girls and I (Adam) flew out for another quick visit. It had been three weeks since our last visit - which seemed like an eternity. Although the flight out was exhausting (we finally got to bed around 5am 'body time'), it was great to see Robin and Noah again.

As you can see from the photos, Noah appears to be healing well. He's gained some weight and he walks and jumps around in a fashion typical of a 7 year old. Having his sisters here today put many smiles on his face and encouraged him towards activity. We even had to tone things down a few times.

Unfortunately, a few cautions still remain. A slight fever (99.8) keeps rearing its ugly head each night and despite some good food intake today, he emptied his stomach just before we told him "good night". The vegetations in his heart have not grown, but they are still present. He's still having many stomach and intestinal issues.

On the bright side, discussions continue on the "going home plan". One of the surgeons told me he plans to remove Noah's sternum stitches this Tuesday (3 weeks after the closing). At that time, he and Dr. Hanley will decide whether Noah should stay here for the remainder of his antibiotics course, or if he can be transferred to a hospital in Georgia.

Whether it's work, rest, or fun; we hope each of you has a wonderful Labor Day weekend, full of God's blessings. Again, may God bless Dr. Hanley and his staff here, and all of y'all who continue to support us with prayers, meals, gifts, and taxi services!

for His glory,



Anonymous Mrs.Ruth said...

I am glad Adam and the girls got to come for the weekend. You all look so happy and I know you are glad to be together. I know Noah will enjoy the visit. He looks so good and he looks healthy. I will pray for his stomache and intestional issues to subside. I look forward to the next update. I am so glad that he is getting better everyday. Tell him I said hi.I hope you all have a great visit and enjoy being together.

September 4, 2011 at 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Love seeing you all together! Praying!!!

September 4, 2011 at 11:22 PM  

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