Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
This morning's blood draw was about 50% good. The potassium level continues to rise higher into the normal range! We are very happy about this. On the other hand, the carbon dioxide level is still the same. :-( This means he will stay on the IV for now and we just have to wait.
This afternoon we had the Respiratory Therapist come and do a blood gas test. The results determined Acidosis (click on the word to read a definition). The next plan is to give him sodium bicarbonate (orally). We have yet to have that happen, but are hoping they will do it soon. Afterwards they plan to just monitor him and hopefully his levels will go back to normal.
Until then, we are still here at the hospital. *sigh*
Please pray with us for our little boy. We love him SOOOO much and the last thing we want is for him to be sick.
I will update more later.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Today was pretty up and down. Probably the most frustrating part was when it was time for the blood draw this afternoon. The person who came in for the blood draw was lucky they didn't get a couple of hits in the head. He seemed very unsure of what he was doing and spent WAY too much time trying to find the vein once the needle was already inside my son's arm! I was so upset! Everyone before him who has done the same job has been amazing! After deciding to not try poking again, the guy decided to poke his heal and try to get it that way. The nurse was unhappy with this choice and decided to leave. Paul couldn't handle anymore either.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Thursday night and Friday morning Nathaniel was running around 101 degree temperature. After calling the doctor, again, they had us come in, especially because the weekend was coming up.
Since Wednesday, Nathaniel has gone from 14lbs 9oz - to - 15lbs 1oz. I was very happy to see him gaining weight, even if it was just a little bit!
The doctor didn't think there was a bacteria infection causing the fever, but probably just Nathaniel's little body reacting to new surroundings and new germs. We are just to keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn't get too high (103 -105).
The medication that were are giving Nathaniel for the parasite is really strong and could be hard on his stomach (not so good since his tummy is already not happy). It also makes him REALLY drowsy. The little happy, silly boy has disappeared for a short time.
I feel so helpless not being able to make my son better...
Paul called the doctor first thing in the morning and took Nathaniel in. (I was dealing for a really bad head cold and fever, and some really bad stomach issues.)
Probably the most frightening part was discovering that since Tuesday's doctor appointment, he had lost over a pound. He went from 16lbs 1oz - to - 14lbs 9oz. The doctor immediatly put him on a Pedialyte regimen.
When Paul took him to the lab to draw blood for the tests, they had a hard time, mainly because he was dehydrated. He was not happy at all about being poked and threw up the Pedialyte.
After they were finished at the lab, Paul headed on back to the doctor. For the next 1+ hours it was .5 ounces of Pedialtye every 5 minutes, and no formula until Friday. While in the office, there was a parasite discovered in one of the stool samples turned into the lab. It was a parasite called "Cryptosporidium". The parasite is something that normal adults can pass on their own, however, a little baby with a not so good immune system cannot. This would explain a lot (i.e. blow out diapers, not holding down formula, etc.).
The doctor got on the phone with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss treatment and was able to find a liquid medication for it. It wasn't something common so it would take until Thursday to get the medication.
After holding down the Pedialyte, Paul brought Nathaniel home. We were in for a night of little sleep. The Pedialyte is not as filling as formula so he was up about every 2 hours...the joys of parenthood!
So after consulting with another family in our town who adopted from China, we ended up at a place called Southern Oregon Pediatrics. The specific doctor we are seeing has experience with Internationally adopted children. Plus they are open on evenings and weekends (which we have been told is usually when you need them the most!).
Of course, I had to photograph Nathaniel's first official weighing and measuring in the US.
This is my long 26.8 inch baby boy!!!
Yes, you are reading right! He is 16 pounds, 1 ounce! He is a healthy baby boy!
**Note to future families: The last update I received from Rachel at the Transition Home (the first week of June) his length was listed as 22.5 inches. The weight of our son that we have received every month since April was 16 pounds. Just FYI to not rely 100% on the measurements that are taken.**
The doctor was WONDERFUL! I have so much confidence in him! He ordered several tests and set us as ease saying that the developmental delays right now are things that Nathaniel will quickly catch up on with the TLC he receives from us! :-)
There were 3 tests ordered that required stool samples (lovely, huh?). What we learned, when you need your kid to poop he won't! We tried hanging around town (about 20 miles from our home) and finally decided to go back for the lab tests the next day with all the necessary "stuff".
After an emotional good bye with my mom, we took off.
While we were gone, some of our close friends built this fence, planted new, beautiful flowers and mowed our lawn. We are overwhelmed by their kindness and generousity!
Inside the house was a group of our friends and Paul's family waiting to meet Nathaniel for the first time. It was so wonderful for all these people to see our son! They have prayed for him for months and love him already.
There really is no place like home! :-)
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Later on in the evening, we had several visitors at the hotel who were coming to meet Nathaniel. Nathaniel met his first official friend! These pictures are of our college friends from Montana, Rodney and Avrie Stock, and their 3 kids. Their youngest is just 1 month younger than Nathaniel!
This was also of course special because it was Paul's first Father's Day. It is so wonderful to see Paul with Nathaniel. He is such an amazing dad already and he has only just begun.
I snapped this picture of my two fellas taking a snooze.
These are the proud Great-Grandparents (my grandparents)!
Nathaniel with Grandpa (my dad).
Getting to know Grandma (my mom).
Grandma & Great-Grandma
My mom and sister blessed us by putting us up in a hotel suite. It was so nice and they decorated it with pictures of Nathaniel, balloons and baby boy stuff! There were also a bunch of gifts from the people my mom works for! They threw her a baby shower for us!!! We are so blessed!
Stay tuned for more updates!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I am working with the Congressional Coalition of Adoption Institute to resolve the issues both of you have run into. It is early in the day here so I am hopeful that it will be resolved in time for you to have what you need tomorrow. We are praying for you.
Africa Program Director
Please pray with us for a miracle to happen!!!
Also, Paul is sick with a stomach bacterial infection. He and Nathaniel Mesfin went to the hotel nurse today. Paul was able to get a antibiotic. She believe Mesfin has giardia. Thankfully, we brought an antibiotic with us for him and have started him on it. I am hoping this will help him feel better. It has been very obvious that his tummy is unhappy (diaper changes have been not to fun).
Please pray for all our health!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
to have the connection of the internet!!!
We have a prayer request: It seems that the USCIS office from Oregon
mistakenly cabled the US Embassy in Ethiopia that we are approved for a
female. Not sure why this happened since we have NEVER requested a
girl, and our original approval was fine. They made the mistake when
we updated our fingerprints in April 2008.
Because of this we are going to fratically try and get them to cable
the corrected information ASAP, but there is a real possibility that we
may have to stay here a few extra days. We are hoping that they will
take care of it immediatly because it was their fault...now if we could
just get them to pay to change the plane tickets and the extra nigths
in the hotel... :-)
We are a little frustrated (and nervous) and now that we have our son,
it would be nice to go home on schedule.
Please pray with us that this will get all worked out!
Paul, Holly & Nathaniel Mesfin