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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Day 3

Today we had hoped to get the chest tube taken out but the x-ray showed some three different air bubbles around the lungs. They hooked the chest tube up to a suction for most of the day and retook the x-rays again this evening. It looks like one air bubble is gone, but the one that they are the most worried about is still there. It sounds like we will keep him hooked up to suction all night and take another x-ray tomorrow to see if it is gone (or at least not bigger). So please keep that in your prayers, as they may need to put a chest tube in the right side if this does not improve...and Jacob really could do without any more procedures.

I haven't asked about a date to go home as I think it is touch and go - just depends on what these air bubbles do. Otherwise, Jacob is doing well. He is eating more and had almost a whole hamburger for lunch and ordered another one for supper, which he is working on as we speak, along with his chocolate milk. The pain is controlled most of the time, though he has pain when he coughs (the deep intake of breathe causes pain in the incisions) and some gas pains.

I'm missing the other kids but in a vague sort of way. I know where I am needed and I am here, beside him, at all times. We are hoping that the kids can come for a visit tomorrow night so we can have a little Christmas Eve celebration in the room and then Ben and the kids can go to the Ronald McDonald House to spend the night and stop here again on Christmas. Our real Christmas celebration will happen once we all go home...after all, Santa is really good about delaying Christmas when needed.

No pathology report yet. I'm still dreading it while also hoping for some good results. Maybe tomorrow?

Keep praying, please. I've been warmed by all your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. Keep them coming as we will need them for awhile.


  1. Just want you to know that you and your sweet boy are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray for your peace, for his comfort, and his healing. God has not forsaken you.

  2. So glad to hear that Jacob was able to get some needed nourishment into his little body today. Praying for a "good" pathology report.

  3. Praying for your son and family. I hope the pathology report will bring hopeful news. Thank you for keeping us updated.

  4. Thinking about you in this difficult time. My nephew was diagnosed with cancer at 18 months, and I still remember it like yesterday. He spent 3 years in and out of the hospital. BUT, he's 8 now, and completely healthy. So, NEVER ever stop believing in miracles! And don't worry, once Jacob is feeling better from his surgery and can be up an about, you'll find some fairly entertaining things to do in the hospital. One of my nephew's favorites was throwing parachute army men off the 5th story balcony of the atrium into the lobby.

    Is Santa going to visit in the hospital? Usually children's hospitals are really good about making holidays extra special for their patients.

  5. (((((((HUGS!))))))))
    I'm keeping your family in my prayers.


  6. I am a stranger to you and was referred to your blog from another. I am also a pediatric oncology nurse...these first days area nightmare, but these memories will not be what stays with you. The strength of your boy, the random acts of love from those close and far, even complete strangers, this is what will fill your heart. You other children will rise to this challenge with wisdom that far exceeds their years, and your Jacob, he will win this battle...he will! Take hear mama and know that your boy and your family are prayed for. And on this Christmas Eve, sleep secure in the knowledge that because of the miracle in the manger all those years ago, Jacob will have his miracle as well!



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