Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My precious Nathan

We have had a lot going on since coming home Sunday night. Here is some updates and please keep praying. We still have a long way to go. Monday was the heart catherization and balloon which did not go as well as we were hoping. They took him in Monday at 1:30 p.m. and we did not hear anything until almost 7:30. I was a nervous wreck. They said the procedure would last at least 2 hours and up to 3, but it was 6 hours. The valve was too small for the balloon. While they were in there the doctor seen a blood clot, which if it went into an artery or the lungs it would be fine, but if it went to his brain he could have a stroke, seizures or possibly die. They started giving him blood thinners not only for the clot but his right foot, which is the leg that they went through for the procedure, it started turning blue. When my daughter called me, it was very hard to contain myself. My friend took me back to UAB right then and we stayed at the hospital all night waiting. I am thankful to say he made it through the night and that is very good. His vitals and tests that were taken all day yesterday, Tuesday, all came back good. The doctors were very happy with results. One hurdle over. They took him off the blood thinner last night and they will take him off the ventilator today if all goes well. This morning early they had to put him back on the blood thinner because his foot started turning blue again. Please pray for that. His open heart surgery is scheduled for Friday, but if he is not off the blood thinner, I don't believe it can be done. We are taking baby steps at this moment, but he is worth every moment.
Brandi doesn't want any pictures of the ventilator so here is one before the procedure. Please keep Nathan, Brandi and Neil in your prayers. I thank you so much for everything so far. There are churches and people everywhere praying for him and I believe in that. Debbie


  1. I've been so eager for another update, and I appreciate you taking the time to write this.

    I'll pray extra hard for sweet little Nathan!!!

  2. So glad to hear how things are progressing. I know all of this is so scary, but little ones are much more resilient than they look! And this little one has so many prayers going up for him...he'll come through just fine. Don't much as you all love him, God loves him more! Blessings on you all!

  3. Oh I will be praying! I will put him on my prayer list right now! Please keep us updated! Nancy

  4. We're praying...and he's on our Prayer List!

    Jan & Tom

  5. Debbie - I found you on another blog. I hope you don't mind me posting a comment! I will be in much prayer for little Nathan. I am a Nana myself and I know how much I love my sweet grandbabies. My youngest grandson who is almost 2 is followed by a pediatric cardiologist but his problem is minor.

    I am in the process of getting a prayer page on my blog - should be in place this weekend. I hope that you will stop by - it is for things just like this so many many people can lift up prayers to the Throne of Grace. I will be praying for Nathan as well as your daughter and family.

    God is good - ALL the time!!

    In Him,

  6. Debbie, I saw your comment on my daughter's blog and came over to read about your precious grandson, Nathan.

    I will be in prayer for him, his doctor, nurses and your whole family.
    He is just precious and you know the Lord works in awesome ways in the lives of those little newborns! I know this firsthand!

    May God give you and your family strength for the days ahead.