Wednesday, March 10, 2010

One Step Back

Last night around 11:30 we received a phone call that Addi had some type of infection in her stomach. The doctor talked to Brad, but we still needed answers so we rushed over to the NICU. They wouldn't let us in at first and made us stay in the waiting room until they came to get us. The nurse came out and attempted to explain what was going on. She has an infection in the lining of her intestines. There's a huge 40 letter name for it, but they refer to it as NEC. The good news is it's treatable, but the bad news is she will be in there for AT LEAST another 10 days. This breaks our heart. They have put in a more permanent IV that goes in at her head and down to her stomach. There is also a tube going down her mouth to basically vacuum out her stomach. They don't want anything getting to her bowels so she will stop being fed and put back on IV fluids. An X ray was taken and the nurse practitioner showed it to us last night. You could see little air bubbles that were in the walls of her intestines. She explained that once the "air bubbles" were gone they would stop feeding her for another 7-10 days and then do some more x-rays. If they looked good, then food would be slowly introduced back to her.

This morning we were there to see Addi when visiting hours started at 8:00 am. She was wide awake and looked so normal and content. She's so sick, but still looks so happy and has no clue what is going on. They performed another x-ray on her at 7:00 am, but the results weren't in yet. So, we just sat there and talked to our baby girl for about an hour. As we were leaving the neonatologist motioned for us to come look at the newest x-ray. He sat down with us and explained again what was going on. He then showed us the difference in last night x-ray and the newest one. There was improvement! Praise Jesus! We aren't out of the woods yet though. They are going to do another x-ray this afternoon to make sure nothing else has come up. Please pray that this infection disappears and she reacts well to the antibiotics. She will start getting more fussy the next few days b/c she will realize she isn't eating.

The doctor seems to think that whatever caused the seizures might some how be related to this even though they are completely different vital organs. They are thinking all of this might have happened before she was born. We will more than likely never know the cause. I never had any complications during my pregnancy, which makes this such a mystery. Right now I'm not worried about what caused it, I'm just wanting her to get better!

Yesterday, one of my best friends sent me an e-mail of a devotional she gets everyday b/c she thought of Addi when she read it. There was a poem in it that really helped ease my mind about everything. While we were in the waiting room last night I kept reading it over and over. Because it affected me so much, I thought I would share it with you.


When your heart is heavy and burdened

And you can't see your way through,

While you're going through trials and testings

And you don't know what to do.

There's a friend above who watches

And He cares what happens to you;

This wonderful one is Jesus

And He will see you through.

He cares when your heart is troubled

And the tears come falling fast,

He will come and heal your broken heart

And make it a thing of the past.

When the battle seems too great to win

And hard the enemy's blast,

Remember the battle is not yours but the Lord's

And againstHim Satan can't last.

So keep your eyes upon Jesus

And your troubles on Him roll;

He will fight your battles for you

And His love to you unfold.

He is a great and wonderful God

And His love as pure as gold;

Put your trust in Him today

And you will find rest for your soul.

Linna L. Lyle

Please keep praying for the healing of Addi. We want her to come home so badly. I know God has a reason for all of this, but it's still hard for us to understand. This situation has not only brought us closer to Him, but closer to each other. Thank you again for all of your love and support during this difficult time in our lives.


  1. Hey Mary Beth,
    I know this time in your life is probably one of the most difficult, but know God is watching over your family. My nephew was in NICU for about 2 weeks, and it was extremely hard to watch him hooked up to all that stuff. God's grace covered him and our family, just as He will do for yall. I'm praying for your family and Addi.

  2. I hope you don't mind, but I put the three of you on our prayer list at church. I figured the more people praying for you, the better. Please let us know if you need anything!

  3. MB and Brad, in times of trouble, I have gone back to a bit of the old testament when he said, "Be still and know that I am God". Our prayers are with you all.
    Judy Howse Rutherford