After his pea-green sick incident earlier this week, Asa had an x-ray which didn’t show an obvious cause for the bileous sick, so we still don’t know what caused it. Doctors initially thought a problem in the bowel, or an obstruction. But he is putting on weight and when he was last weighed he was 6lb 13oz! Progress is being made, albeit slow… Patience has never been my strong point.
Asa is now back in the nursery, having been moved to the HDU (high dependancy) after that awful bright green sick. A step in the right direction! He was started back on feeds more slowly this time & is still on 2 hourly feeds, mostly through his NG tube,He has been started back on feeds more slowly this time and is still on 2 hourly feeds, mostly through his NG tube, but he has taken small amounts from the bottle – to date he hasn’t been too keen. He is still very sleepy. Last night the nurse said she was going to check with the doctor & see if they’ll allow him to try 3 hourly feeds. This is good because he should be more hungry at feed times and may therefore take to the bottle better, but its also a bit of a worry as he may not tolerate the larger amount of milk in his tummy… I’m a bit scared the green sick will make a reappearance! Asa is having the last of his antibiotics today, as far as I know, so all that’s really left to sort now is his feeding, but as he struggles with the bottle at the moment, he won’t be allowed out of neonatal unit until he’s feeding well & the doctors are happy.
Thanks to every single one of our friends who have commented on facebook, tweeted, texted, rang, babysat Emelia, encouraged us, sent cards and most of all thank you for EVERY prayer that has been lifted up for our precious son. When we’re too sad to know what to pray, we know dear friends are standing with us, praying with us and for us – we’re so grateful.
The following verses from Lamentations have been on my mind a lot this morning… My dear friend, Ellie – who has faced her own heartache and worry over her beautiful twin boys – also texted me a portion of these verses my second day in hospital when I most needed them… I know God is good. Always. Without exception. Without blame. He is faithful, even when we are not.
Lamentations 3 v 19 – 26 (NIV):
I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
This reminds me of the hymn based on these verses…
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
(Thomas Obediah Chisholm, 1923)
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!