Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Roller Coaster.

Do you like to ride roller coasters? I remember the first roller coaster I rode was with my dad and it was the flashback at Six Flags. I remember my parents not giving me much of a choice of going on crying relentlessly didn't seem to help either. I cried getting on the ride....going up that first hill, and slowly but surely my crying turned into laughter. My first words when I got off the ride... "Lets do it again!"

No, I do not think J&K will be saying "lets do this NICU ride again..." but I do think that the fear and the tears will soon turn into a lot of joy and laughter.
Yes - they have joy right now. Who wouldn't have joy when you have such an amazing little man in your life... but the roller coaster of the NICU will end in the happiness that only a baby's giggle can bring.

Cooper's little lungs are working hard. His night last night and day today has been a little rocky. His breathing has been troubled. Part of his lung collapsed, however after being "bagged" -(basically this provides Cooper with artificial breaths using an ambu bag.) and an X Ray, his lung looked better.
They also gave him a breathing treatment. This treated his lungs as well as some congestion he had in his chest. {the breathing treatment works the same way an inhaler would work for someone with asthma}. They have also taken blood to check for any infection and have started him on an antibiotic just in case an infection is there.

He is still eating like a champ - and digesting. (the little pig) he weighed 2 lb 12.1 oz today. No kidding!!! They did give him a double does of lasix last night, and his regular dose today... so he may loose a little bit of weight in the next couple of days. Either way, little man is nearing 3 pounds, and you can really tell.

Today's blood drive was a huge success. Thank you so much for coming out and "giving life" to Cooper. It means so much to actually see so much support. 51 people were able to give blood until they shut down. We actually had to turn 10 + people away. {MANY apologies to those that waited and were not able to give}.
If you were not able to give today, (or you were sent away because there were so many people...) you can give on Friday, July 15th at First National Bank in Burleson on Wilshire. I'll have more information on the time shortly.


Pray for Cooper and his lungs. They were just so premature, that they have a lot of growing to do. His breathing really needs to improve, and his oxygen levels to to improve also.

Keep praying for J&K - strength and rest. (they are tired).

Hopefully I'll have a new picture soon!


  1. Praying God keeps you all in His care and that each of you can feel His peace.

  2. Praying for Baby Cooper to keep the strength he has to make it over this hurtle.

  3. Thanks for the updates -- praying for Cooper!

  4. So thrilled to see "mommy" aka Karen and the "best aunt ever" (Katy) and Denver in the office yesterday. Pure joy on Karen's face. Love you all!!