Monday, February 25, 2008

Day 50

116 ounces
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3.28 kilograms
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3280 grams
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7 pounds 4oz!!!!!

I am a believer. Ok. So I'm always the one who sort of nods and smiles (but inside is rolling her eyes) when the "crunchy" people start talking about herbs. I tend to be very sarcastic and not believe people who say, this herb or that herb or this "potion" blah blah blah.


HOWEVER!

Fenugreek works. I started taking it at 9pm Saturday night and by 9pm Monday night I'd done a 180 degree turn in my milk production. Joshua has MORE THAN HE NEEDS today! I'm pumping what's left and saving it for later!
He's gained 7oz in 6 days!!!!!

Please pray for - what looks like - infection on Joshua's cele again. Rather than keep him on continuous (and eventually ineffective) antiobiotics, they've given him a topic antiobiotic to kill off the staph that naturally grows on his skin. Hopefully this will keep it from getting infected any further.

In answer to a few questions in the comments:
At present there aren't surgical options. I don't post information about tests we're having done or surgeon's we contact because I don't want opinions on that. I don't want the world to walk through dashed hopes with me. Our family is walking through it with us. But be assured, we're doing everything in our power to insure that there is no stone unturned. I will have a nervous breakdown, if in 5 years it comes to light that something could have been done for Joshua.

Rest assured. I'm not sitting around ignoring the possibilities. But at present there aren't any good alternatives. Joshua's happy, he's healthy, he's not in pain. And that's the best we can do for him now. He's a miracle. And each day is precious. If we don't get to keep him longterm, we're prepared for that. We're not okay with it, which is why we're looking into other possibilities. But I won't post that stuff until I have something more concrete to tell the world.

15 comments:

  1. Awesome!! Take it til she smell all lovely and maple syrupy! I think somehow it makes letdown easier or something. It's good stuff!

    I can't even imagine the decision making process. I just see that you love him like no one else could and you honor the sweet little person he is now and the possibilities that lay ahead. You do it with grace.

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  2. yay for joshua! i will be praying that his infection clears up.

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  3. Susie,

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I wanted to say that your story is touching and you seem like such a sweet, wonderful mom. Blessings to you and your family!

    Jen

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  4. suzie,

    you are such an amazing mother theres no other mother out there at least I don't think so , that has the patience, and puts her children first the way you do. I am sure your reading this and not beleving me but I am so inspired by you. I don't blame you about posting everything medical that is going on with Joshua as far as test's and options he is your child and you love him and no matter what any reader thinks you will make the best descion for him. We will continue to pray for strenght, and energy, and steady milk supply:-)

    by the way how is your running going, I hope you are still trying to find time for yourself even if it's just a minute here or there.

    God Bless we love you guys and miss you.

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  5. Amazing!!!! Congratulations Joshua!!! We pray everyday and will continue to do so.

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  6. Yay for a hungry little boy that I know will continue to gain weight :)

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  7. Christina TaylorrrrrFebruary 26, 2008 at 7:45 AM

    hey Susie, i am so happy he gained that weight! PACK IT ON BROTHA!! hahaha, see ya soon Joshy Baby!!!

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  8. You are a wise woman Susie - it's good that you are walking through the finer details of Joshua with your family.

    Whoo-hoo! I am SO happy for you and Joshua! 7 pounds A great day for sure :)

    -Andrea

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  9. Yea! I'm so happy for answered prayers! I'm glad milk production is up and that there's a little boy gaining weight :)

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  10. I have been reading for about a week now and I wanted to say "WELL DONE MAMA!!!" I'm SO glad his weight is up! I hope the infection heals quickly. I have been keeping your family in my prayers and I hope Joshua continues to do as well as he has. Your family is beautiful!

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  11. Susie, you are right: He IS a miracle!
    connie

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  12. 7lbs 4oz!!! That's great! I am so happy for you. Praying he will continue in that pattern and against those nasty infections. God has chosen you because He knew you were the perfect mother for such a special little boy. And I am blessed beyond measure to have you as the mother of my grandchildren. Love you Susie, Mom

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  13. Yeah for 7oz! That is great! I found your blog yesterday and have been praying last night and today for the appt. What a great answer. I am in the USA and will keep praying for you.
    Julie in Salem, OR

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  14. Wow, you guys are an AMAZING family! I'm glad to have found your blog.

    By the way, I have a good friend with YWAM in Christchurch. I'm cluelessif that's anywhere near you or not, but seeing that your husband works a bit with YWAM I thought there might be a connection.

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  15. I am so happy to hear about Joshua's weight gain! That is great. :) I continue to pray for you and your family. You are such a wonderful mother and role model!!!

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