Update for William Goforth
March 26, 2002
ANSWERS TO PRAYER! William is 9 weeks and 1 day old today!
William has tipped the preemie scales at 3 lbs. 5 oz. this week, purely on his mother's milk (by gavage feeding) now that they have weaned him off of all supplemental food aids. Here are Daddy Josh's own words about two ongoing prayer concerns for his son, William. May you be as encouraged as we are in the Lord's faithfulness to not only sustain our baby William, but to also cause him to thrive as more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:37)
Lungs/Breathing: "He is off of both the Oscillator and Ventilator, and is on CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), which is a steady flow of oxygen provided via a tube to his nose. He is required to do all of the work for his own breathing. He is tolerating it very well, and is receiving 47% oxygen (being piped through the tube). As a point of reference, we (you and I) breathe roughly 21% oxygen all the time. His oxygen saturation (the detected level of oxygen in his blood) is very stable in the 90-100s, and he rarely desats (drops below 86)." We would also add that the lung infection has cleared up, and he continues to receive antibiotics to be protected from any reoccurrence.
Eyes: "His eyes are simply premature. At this point, there is
no data indicating that there is any problem with his eyesight. Moreover,
he is progressing normally in the development of his eyes, and is
in the best level status-wise (level 1) which indicates no presence
of ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity) at this time."
"He is still having the fluid tapped off from his reservoir roughly every other day, and they obtain varying levels of fluid, from 2-10 cc's. There is still one significant blood clot (from old bleeds) in the left hemisphere of his brain that is dissolving and breaking down. Until that process is complete, and the clot is completely dissolved, we won't know whether or not he will need a permanent shunt."
Today we ask you to please join us in prayer that:
a. once the clot dissolves, that a steady decrease in the cranial fluid and natural absorption would eliminate the need for a permanent shunt.
b. his brain would be totally protected from any pressure caused by any fluids or dissolving blood clots.
c. William's eyesight would continue to be protected from ROP.
d. the Lord would continue to give divine wisdom and supernatural insight to each hospital staff member who attends William each day.
WORD FOR THE DAY:
Because of the Lord's Resurrection power, the following verse is not only appropriate for our grandbaby, William, but for all those who have called upon the name of Christ Jesus for salvation..."for in Him we live and move and have our being...for we are also his offspring" (Acts 17:28).