Katie’s Birthday Present – A Bit of Hope from Hank


For Katie’s birthday, Hank decided to give us the first bit of good news we have had in days. On Saturday night, in addition to his respiratory difficulties, he began having trouble maintaining his blood pressure and the docs felt he may be getting septic, which is when the bacteria from the pneumonia in his lungs enters the bloodstream. Sunday morning brought more bad news as Hank was needing 100% oxygen and continued to need more and more blood pressure medication. They gave him another dose of surfactant to help with his lungs. His lab work Sunday at noon showed that the sepsis was affecting the ability of his blood to clot and he was given fresh frozen plasma (a blood product) to try and correct it. By early Sunday evening he was near the maximum blood pressure medication and they were discussing putting in another central IV catheter that entered the right heart to treat with epinephrine. Finally, after continuous trending in the negative direction, late Sunday night he gave us some hope. The surfactant began to take effect and his oxygen requirement began to decrease. The FFP corrected some of his clotting problems and he actually began needing less blood pressure medication. This morning, on Katie’s birthday, we woke up to encouraging news as the oxygen and blood pressure medications continued to be decreased throughout the night. His chest x-ray shows significant improvement this morning too. While this is good news, he is still very sick and has a long way to go. They figure, best case scenario, he still has over a week in the NICU and he has yet to have any breast milk from Katie. We can’t hold him until the arterial line is taken out and only get to change his diaper and take his temperature. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers and please continue to pray for Hank and his parents.

10 comments:

Steph said...

Happy Birthday Katie! And I'm glad little Hank decided to give you some hope for your gift. I hope you're recuperating from the delivery and taking care of yourself. I've been thinking about you often, and hoping that you & Max & the girls are holding up. Hank is adorable...is it possbile that he's gained some weight? Maybe it's just the angle, but it looks like he's filled out a little. Keep the updates coming! And I'll keep the prayers going...

denise said...

SUCH encouraging news! I've been praying...

Happy birthday, Momma!

Lacey Morgan said...

Happy Birthday Katie!! Your little man is a fighter and must had known he had to do something to make your birthday better. Glad you got some good news. Hank and your family are in my prayers throughout the day. Hang in there Momma....

Abbie said...

Happy Birthday sweet Katie!!
This is such great news. I'll continue praying! Have I mentioned how absolutely ADORABLE he is? :)

Janna Oakes said...

I continue to pray for Little Hank and his family, and am so pleased that this day brought good news.

Devin said...

Katie,
Happy Birthday!! I know Hank is giving you the best gift EVER! He sounds like a little fighter which will pull him through this. Well, that and all these PRAYERS we're all saying!!

You can do it Hank!!

Splaneyo said...

Happy Birthday Katie - you have been in our thoughts all day. Hopefully Hank continued to give his mom the best present he can and improved more and more over the day!

Lots of love,
Heather, Sam, Spencer, Owen & Laney

Monday through Sunday said...

Happy Birthday, Katie! We are rooting for Hank! We are praying for you all!

Greenie Gardens said...

Dear Katie and Max, I am so happy for you-- as you said what a great birthday present. Your family is in our thoughts. Thanks for sharing the news with us all. Love, Stephanie

Karrie Herzog said...

Katie and Max - I have to say that it is no surprise to me that sweet Hank started doing better Sunday night because our bible study brought him before the Lord with tears and prayers of belief that God would show His love and power in his life! I will continue to pray for his complete healing! Karrie (Chrysti's buddy)