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Man, today was hard. The news is good: Eliza’s lungs continue to strengthen, so they can relax some of the settings on the ventilator. The hard thing for parents is that now her body’s working harder, so things like heart rate and blood pressure can vary more, which is scary for us (though not for the doctors and nurses).

They’re also still trying to get some of the fluids out of her while also needing to continue to pump her full of all manner of things. So that becomes a delicate balancing act, also affecting heart rate and blood pressure. This is what ICUs do: the balancing act.

So to be clear, doctors and nurses are telling us at every turn that things are normal, nothing to worry about. I used a phone-a-friend Czech translator today with a doctor in a moment of concern. After the doctor explained things, the first thing our friend said when I got back on the phone was “OK, so relax, everything is ok.”

It’s frustrating to be this irrational: to have professionals you trust reassuring you that your child (who by the way is strapped to every monitor imaginable) is doing well, and to struggle mightily to believe it. We felt so much better when she was sleeping hard with a nice steady slow heartbeat, and we didn’t even think about blood pressure until today. But that was because her lungs were hardly doing anything. Now she’s improving, but that means she has to fight. (Just like I prayed and told you to pray yesterday. Yeah, I know.)

So pray for her. Pray for those lungs, and for steady heart rates and blood pressure. Pray for steadily increasing strength, and for her to come off the vent early next week. And pray for us, for faith and trust and rest. Thank you friends.

And now here’s your reward for listening to our whining. Can you see the boy in this tree? He’s up there. Waaaaaaaaay up there.


9 thoughts on “Saturday

  1. Held my breath while I read your post. So thankful that you have good doctors on both sides of the ocean. Praying first for Eliza and then just as hard for your entire family. So glad that there are “climbing trees” for brothers. One feels even closer to heaven when up a tree! Prayers from Jackson, GA. Love in Christ, Janie, Tommy, and T. Carmichael

  2. Praying for you all! One thought: does she love to be sung to? Sing to her! Talked to? Talk to her. She WILL hear you and it will help her. Be strong and calm for her, and it will help you all. Blessings!

  3. We are praying for that sweet, precious girl and all of you! Hugs sent from GA….
    Merri Thomas

  4. Continuing to pray for all of you!

  5. Praying for healing, peace and calm for all. Jake, I can’t imagine what you and Melissa are going through, but please know we are praying for all of you and for Eliza to be healed and recover to a strong little girl that God has special plans for. Love to all. Mama B

  6. We continue to pray for your precious daughter and we also pray for the anxious parents! We pray you will feel the strength and peace of God watching over the whole situation! Elberton First Baptist has you covered in prayer!

  7. For some reason not see your email until today – Sunday.

    We can only imaging the feelings of each of you there, and trust the medical people are accurate. We pray for a better week this week for little Eliza. Our guy’s bible study pray for Liza weekly, Gloria’s SS class, and prayer lists, and ours daily

    We await for continued progress.

    Blessings, Jim and Gloria

  8. Praying for you from Bethlehem. I know this is hard to believe, but someday you will look back and think, “Was that only a week, or 2 weeks? It seemed like forever….” May God give you patience and wisdom and comfort. Sarita’s parents

  9. just a reminder: love ain’t rational…that’s why we need “a village” – right now, yours includes nurses and doctors and teammates and family…praying for ALL of you – you AND your village 🙂

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