for William Goforth
February 23, 2002
On Thursday, William surpassed his month birthday! He continues to grow, slowly
but surely, in length and weight. According to Aunt Aimee, he is no longer the
tiniest baby in the neonatal intensive care nursery. We are thankful to the Lord
for even the slightest increase of growth. . . "for who hath despised the
day of small things?" (Zechariah 4:10)
TO THE MOMENT ...
Today Noelle timed it just right and had the pleasure of changing his diaper for
the third time. These "opportunities" have been few and far between.
During Noelle's time with William today, his attending nurse encouraged her by
reporting that the baby's stats (which include blood gas, heart rate, and blood
pressure levels) were improving because he was responding to her gentle voice.
Unfortunately, he cannot be held while he is on the oscillator for respiration.
They look forward to him returning to the other more flexible respirator which
will allow Josh and Noelle to hold William during visits once again.
He continues to have the reservoir tapped for cranial fluid. The amount has been
decreasing slightly. However, his nurses suspect it is because the old blood clots
are interfering with the drainage since the fluid is not clear. This leads us
to our first critical prayer request.
Today we ask you to please join us in prayer for:
a. the residual
blood clots to dissolve completely, making the cranial fluid taps from the reservoir
b. the cranial fluid to become clear and continue to decrease in amount.
c. his lungs
to continue healing and maturing
d. increased wisdom for the nurses and doctors who care for him day and night
We continue to
be amazed at how quickly the Lord has answered many of these prayer requests and
in ways we were not expecting. It is precious to know that even the little ones
are praying for William.
WORD FOR THE
A psalm, as well as a song, Noelle sings to William-- "For He shall give
His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways" (Psalm 91:11).
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