The Gavin Chronicles, December 9, 2007

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

Happy Sunday!!

We had quite a week and I know that an update is long overdue. Hopefully this email finds you all well and if you are in Colorado.....staying warm! The cold weather has been bearing down on us the past few days and I think the only one in favor of it is the 11 month old puppy.

Gavin has had quite the week. It started on Saturday last week with him being severely hypoglycemic. He was started on an IV....which you will see on his head in the following pictures. The IV came out last night after several days of sugar infusions to maintain his sugar levels. Later in the week, Gavin began dumping all of his feeds out of his stoma. This was an indication that he was malabsorbing his food and most likely the cause of the hypoglycemia. He was taken back to 20 calorie food and put back on continuous feeds to help his body stabilize. During the course of this whole episode, Gavin gained over a pound in fluid. I now know what an almost 5 pound baby looks like....however, it was all in his face and hands....poor baby. He was given Lasix to get rid of the extra fluid retention and is now back down to a comfortable weight of 4lb 4oz. A ll blood work for pituitary and adrenal function came back normal this week. They will be calling the surgeon on Monday to schedule Gavin's final surgery. This will be the reinastemosis to put his intestines back together. This really is the final big step for Gavin before coming home.....short of learning to nipple all of his feedings. We were excited to hear this news.......

As for my dad, he is home and resting comfortably. He was discharged yesterday after spending the week in the hospital. He is now on blood thinners for an indefinate period of time and doing well learning how to give himself injections. We are thankful that the doctors were able to catch these blood clots and start some maintenance meds to control them in the future. They also put a screen in his side to prevent future clots from traveling to his lungs. He is in good spirits and looks great.

I have enclosed a few new pictures. Gavin is 100 days old today and today is actually my due date. He posed in his tuxedo for us and we wanted to share these pictures with you. We were planning on saving the tuxedo for New Years Eve however, it will not fit him much longer than another week or we did it for today.

Thanks again for all of your prayers and support. Please continue to pray for us as we continue this journey. There is a light at the end of this tunnel and we can begin to see a ray of sunshine......soon Gavin will be home.

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