Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A kinder solution

Well, today Hope's doctor talked with the pediatric cardiologist and the surgeon who was dealing with her bowels. The cardiologist confirmed that the valve was closed. Yay! Before talking with the other surgeon, our doctor was pretty convinced that Hope had a blockage in her bowels that might require surgery. The radiologist thought it might be an infection. But the bowel surgeon (there has to be a better title than that, I just don't know what it is) thinks it is actually some poop that is stuck and just needs to move through. His solution? An enema. I'm so happy that's what she needs instead of surgery. When we went this afternoon the nurse said she had passed a little. The doctor then came in and said we really won't know if it is working until later tonight or tomorrow morning. Please pray this works and we can avoid any other icky solutions. Other news... they decided to start a 5 day course of the bad steroid. I really shouldn't call it that, but those side effects are pretty freaky. The doctor assures me that they are giving her a low dose for a short time period. The side effects of this steroid are most noticeable in babies under 2 weeks old and Hope is 2 and a half weeks. Please pray these work quickly also and she is able to get off the ventilator. Every day it seems like we get these scary reports, but then we go to look at her and she looks so good. Thank you, Lord, for watching over my baby girl. And thanks again to all of you for praying.


  1. way to go Hope ... God is Good and we continue to pray for God's wisdom to be imparted on the doctors so that Hope gets the best treatment for her continued development!!

  2. Oh my goodness, look at her! Looking so big! And her hair! She is just the sweetest thing!
    Thanks for the update...Love you guys,

    The Waltners

  3. Hope is continuing to amaze everyone--it is awesome to see her growth in the pictures! We are all praying for you Amy and Mike and family--we love you!

    For you Amy, Phil 4:6,7 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus!

  4. I was in the hospital with preterm labor last Friday and heard of you through mutual acquaintances. My husband and I are expecting a little girl in Sept. So far the meds that I am taking are keeping her in.... We also have four other children, three of which attend the Awana program at Fourth Memorial here in Spokane. I am happy to hear that you and your family are being taken care of. God is GOOD!!!
    What an encouragement and miracle taking place in little Hope. We are praying for you and your family.