Pray For Rosie

27Feb/105

Update – 2/26

I walked into Rosie's room today and Tony looked at me and said, "see anything different?" Usually, this is a dangerous question for me, because my wife asks it and I pick the most obvious change and hope that it's the right answer. So, I looked at Rosie and noticed that the bite block that had been preventing her teeth from biting her tongue was gone. I told that to Tony and he said "umm...what else is missing?" I looked around her room and finally noticed that her ventilator is completely gone out of the room! In my defense, there were 4 people in the room at the time other than myself so it was a little hard to see everything.

Tony said that Rosie has been breathing completely on her own since Wednesday night. The hospital staff did not see any reason to keep the ventilator near her, so they took it away. Rosie has also been opening her eyes fully very often. Previously, she would open her eyes fully every once in a while and partially every few minutes.

We still have plenty of ribbon pins to send out. For every donation of $5 or more, we can send a ribbon pin to the address you give us. Simply use the donate link to the left and tell us in the comments of the donation that you would like a pin and let us know if there is a different shipping address. At the end of the week, we will send out pins for the requests we get for that week.

To all who are keeping Tony and Rosie in your thoughts and prayers and to everyone who has helped the family in any way, thank you. We are seeing God do some amazing things every day, and we hope you get even a little bit of a view of what God is doing through these updates.

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26Feb/102

Update- 2/25

Joey and I just got home from visiting Rosie. I was so excited because today was the first time I saw her open her eyes all the way since I was not there when she did that before. She is not breathing as heavily, which means that she is able to breathe better off the ventilator than before. Other than that everything has been about the same. 

I want to share again about the ribbon pins. For every donation of $5 or more, we can send a ribbon pin to the address you give us. Simply use the donate link to the left and tell us in the comments of the donation that you would like a pin and let us know if there is a different shipping address. At the end of the week, we will send out pins for the requests we get for that week.

We are so thankful for what God has done so far! Continue to pray for Rosie's progress, Tony's strength, and for little Emily's well-being!

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24Feb/103

Update – 2/23

My apologies for the late post. I just got back from the hospital and I have quite a bit of good news to share. When I arrived at the hospital around 5:00 this evening, Rosie's eyes were open. They would stay open pretty regularly and close every so often. Tony told me that she had been keeping her eyes open all day. When Tony would turn on the main light in the room, Rosie closed her eyes and flinched at the brightness.

Also, the infectious disease doctor came by and said that yesterday's x-ray showed no signs of pneumonia (she had previously had it), and Rosie's staph infection has cleared up.

As with yesterday, Rosie was again off the ventilator during the day and will be placed back on overnight.

I also wanted to share with everyone something that Rosie's friend Christy started. For every donation of $5 or more, we can send a ribbon pin to the address you give us. Simply use the donate link to the left and tell us in the comments of the donation that you would like a pin and let us know if there is a different shipping address. At the end of the week, we will send out pins for the requests we get for that week.

Thanks to everyone for your continued prayers and support for Rosie and her family.

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22Feb/1016

Update – 2/22

Today Miss Emily went for her one month check up and everything was great, she is growing like a weed, a beautiful weed. Rosie had her test to determine the strength of her lungs after dealing with pneumonia and a staph infection. At 9:00 AM they took her completely off of the ventilator and she has been off of it all day and tolerating it well. About 11 AM they checked her blood to make sure the carbon dioxide/oxygen levels were balanced and they were perfect. Her doctor intends to strengthen her lungs by leaving Rosie off the ventilator through the day and allowing minimal ventilator assistance through the night. Rosie has had a problem finding a "bite block" that would protect her tongue from forceful pressure of biting down on it, but today the doctor got her just what she needs until she wakes up, also an order was put in to get her boots to keep her feet from stiffening out (atrophy). Rosie's doctor was contacted by her cardiologist, Dr. Win, and informed us that he discovered something in Rosie's EKG that is an indicator of AFE. There are no warning signs or concrete symptoms that can confirm AFE, but there are a number of indicators that can give a doctor great certainty of suspected AFE. Dr. Win asked if her case could be annonymously put into a medical journal in efforts to help prevent tragedy for future families, I whole heartedly consented.

To each one of you who have written to our family.......I thank you very much for the kindness of your words, the depth of your commitment to prayer, and the shared longing to see Rosie's triumphant recovery.

May God richly bless you.......

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21Feb/107

Update – 2/21

Rosie continues to show progress. Last night, Tony and Maria on separate occasions got Rosie to open both eyes fully for a few seconds. This is something we haven't really seen since she first arrived at Methodist Sugar Land. Today, a nurse went to check on Rosie. He put his hand in hers, asked her to squeeze, and she did. He told her "ok, you can let go now," and she did so as well. I remarked how just two weeks ago, we were excited over the fact she was moving her hands and now it appears she sometimes does that on command as well.

According to one of the doctors, her ventilator test will possibly be today. Last time she was given the test and they turned off the ventilator, she began breathing too fast which caused her heart rate to go up. Please pray that her progress would continue and for Tony's strength as well. We thank God for all that He's done this far.

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