And He said unto me, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9

Saturday, February 5, 2011

2/05/2011 Update

Morning Glory!!!  The sunrise in the Texas sky is beautiful this morning-Just as beautiful as our answered prayers!  As you can imagine, it was a very long night but we are seeing some amazing improvement in what seemed fairly bleak in the late hours last night.  Bottom-line, Critter is in a state of Metabolic Acidosis.  Most likely caused from dehydration.  But things were very scary in that her blood gas levels were unusually high, her breathing was very irregular, and at each check her numbers were increasing- NOT GOOD!  

Now some could end the story there, but as you may have already heard-  we have a team of great physicians here at Children's, but we have an even greater Physician who happens to have privileges at every hospital, home, and heart.  Around 2AM, we had a visit with the Fellow on call who was able to provide us with an update and a game plan. 

Step one-  Insert a venous and arterial line from Critter's navel/leftover umbilical cord.  Amazing that this is even possible!!!  The reasoning for inserting the line was to minimize the number of sticks and stressors that she would endure as they would need to continue to take multiple blood draws throughout her stay here. 
      Amazing, though it looked like what remained of her cord was near impossible to be able to do the line, they were able to get it and now do and all future blood draws without having to try to find such tiny veins for future draws. 

Step two-  Need to get her levels stable.  Without much detail-  know that her Glucose levels, Creatinine, Respiratory rate, Lactate, Ammonia, Potassium, and CO2 levels were all WAY OUT OF RANGE.

Step three- PRAY-  the seriousness of Critter's situation was more defined at this early morning meeting.  If the docs had not been able to get the results they wanted, more invasive and less desirable treatment would have needed to follow.

Around 3:30 this morning, new blood numbers were drawn.....EVERYTHING had started to correct!  While we are still a tad out of range in some areas, it was a GREAT sign of progress.  For the first time in over 12 hours Critter was even able to produce urine.

The first few nights of having her home were tough with all the crying and diaper changing.  Now, we rejoice in every tear and drop of urine!!

Rounds begin at 9am and so we will have a chance to eventually speak with a doc and see what the next step will be in her care.

Stay tuned and stay on your knees...


  1. I have been in prayer for you guys since last night and all through the night as the Lord would wake me with you on my heart. Continuing to lift you all up in my prayers.

  2. I also have been praying, but feel that somehow someway she is going to be okay. Love you guys, Kristiana

  3. Praising Him for every answered prayer! Continuing to lift you guys up. May He surprise you with His goodness and grace today. Please let us know if ya'll need anything. Love you guys~ The Randalls

  4. Praying for complete healing for Miss P, strength and peace for mom & dad and wisdom for the docs. Know that many people are praying for you all.

  5. Praising our Mighty Healer!! So very thankful to hear her leeks are normalizing!! What an incredible answer to prayer!!


  6. Oh my goodness!

    So thankful that things are looking up! Hang in there...she couldn't be in better hands (the Lord's) ;)

    Praying for your beautiful family of 3

  7. We continue to pray and rejoice in the news. I know the holy spirit awakened me throughout the night to pray. We continue to pray for our precious Critter. Love you.

  8. Praising God for the good news of progress, and bathing your precious bundle of joy in prayer.

    Please keep us updated regularly, and know that you are surrounded in love, and that so many are offering prayers and petitions to the Lord God Almighty on your behalf for healing, safety, grace, and His perfect provision for your little angel -- to get the Fox clan home ASAP with a perfectly healthy P!

    Praising God for tears & teetee! :)


  9. Oh wow!!!! We are praying right now! I haven't been on the computer much and didn't know this was going on . Please keep us updated. Love you guys!

  10. We will keep you in prayers. I was wondering if you can get on facebook and post your prayer requests too. That way, more people can rally for you. Love you little baby girl, our God is with you and He will keep you for He is great and faithful.
    Love from the Lins.

  11. I'll be praying for your little warrior! Lean on your friends and family and remember to eat and sleep. It's so important in these hours of stress and worry. Much love from Virginia!

  12. We are faithfully praying for your sweet girl and complete healing. May God continue to grant you peace, wisdom, strength and comfort during this time. Much love from The Lord Family!