Thursday, October 27, 2011

Goliath strikes back

Chaia began to labor in her breathing around 5:00 a.m. this morning.

Her CO2 levels are high which means she isn't sustaining as well as she needs to in her breathing.

The vent (R2D2) is turned back on. She is hooked up to CPAP to see if this will help her with breathing.

If it doesn't, we're looking at reintubation. (Insert heavy sighs and tears here.)

The potential positive is that the doctors are fairly certain it is not her heart that is causing the respiratory failure...so they think with some more time her breathing muscles could strengthen back up and she might be able to try again.

This part of the journey is called One step forward, three steps back.

This part is excruciatingly draining.

p.s. Update on Jack! He had his preliminary surgery and is doing well. October 31 is his major surgery on his brain. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

20 comments:

father michael said...

Still praying! I'm going to get our grade school kids in on it too!

Anonymous said...

Still praying for God's will in all of this! Also praying for comfort and strength for Ben and Shaina as well as those of us around the world that are lifting this family up. We have come to know and love you all. Without ceasing, still kneeling :)

Anonymous said...

Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Still praying for you all during this long journey. Tammy

Anonymous said...

Also still praying for Jack and his family :)

Anonymous said...

Praying for your precious family continually! Your sweet baby girl has touched the lives of so many as well as the strength and faith you all hold. May the Lord intervene with a MIRACLE!

Courtney said...

you are constantly on my heart and every chance i get, i pray for healing and strength

Anonymous said...

Hang in there....it's one day at a time! Manna, baby, manna! We're praying fervently for this little one! Blessings from Kentucky.

The Blake Family said...

Ian and I are still praying! I also have you on a prayer chain at work, and throughout facebook. Thanking God for the hope and progress he has provided so far! And praying that he continue to give Chaia the strength to keep fighting. Continuing to pray withough ceasing! May God also give you and Shaina strenght as well, and guide the Drs! God bless!!!!

Rhonda Miller said...

I am sorry to hear this. I will continue to pray. and glad to know it may not be her heart.

Mama Karen said...

Set backs are not easy but they do happen and we will still praise God for almost a complete day of Chaia breathing on her own. So now we speak peace of mind to you and Shaina and the family. God is still working in your midst. Praying right now for God to strengthen her lung muscles so she will be able to sustain her own breathing. We will not stop praying! Sending you our love to surround you!

Anonymous said...

I just read the blog after seeing requests for prayers posted all over facebook. Your family is amazing. You have one strong little girl. I have a son with Cystic Fibrosis and have also sat by his bedside on many of night when the doctors weren't sure what would happen next. I've seen miracles. Witnessed through my childs healing that the doctors (the first time at the cleveland clinic and second at rainbow babies) could clearly say was not of their hands. Without ceasing...

Joanne Sadlon said...

Goilath Shmoliath!

"But David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with sword and spear and javelin; but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This very day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head."


You're going down Goliath! Chaia, Ben and Shaina, I am praying my head off for you! May God grant you a moment's peace and a tiny smile from this post. You are in the midst of the darkest valley, but our God is with you.

Anonymous said...

I am sure you are tired of hearing one day at a time...good news that seems the respiratory problems are not related to her heart...all we need is a little prayer equalization....will focus on lungs as well as heart....its time for at least a field goal from David...Team Thompson is amazing!...prayer makes anything possible...come on David you got the ball and an awesome prayer line in front of you...You are all on our minds constantly
Much love and hope
The Snoke's

Blaireli said...

We are keeping your precious girl in our hearts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

We are friends of Ned and Dawn Thompson. They shared with us about your precious baby and we are joining in with all those praying for her. Jesus answers prayer and His faithfulness endures to all generations. Keith and JoAnn Hinton from Michigan

Anonymous said...

We are friends of Ned and Dawn Thompson. They shared with us about your precious baby and we are joining in with all those praying for her. Jesus answers prayer and His faithfulness endures to all generations. Keith and JoAnn Hinton from Michigan

Michelle Meeks said...

We are Praying Strong here in Kentucky for your family,God bless you all and that preious little girl.We are friends and neighbors of Amanda Slone and we have been following your blog,your faith is amazing and you have all touched the hearts of my husband and I deeply.

Michelle said...

*precious*

Anonymous said...

We are praying for a miracle for your Sweet Chaia!!

Anonymous said...

I will pray this for you ALL today:
Isa. 40:31: but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

May God's blessings continue to pour ON you as they have poured FROM you!