Please be praying for baby cason
We wanted everyone to have as much info as possible as you pray, I Cc’d this from what Laura posted this morning (5/24/16):
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
Upon arrival at Children’s Hospital, Cason was evaluated by a pediatric cardiologist. His new doctor identified 3 congenital heart defects which are affecting his ability to recover. It appears as though his heart defects and pulmonary hypertension are separate issues – one did not cause the other, but the two must be treated in conjunction with one another moving forward. Also, improving his current heart problems would undoubtedly simultaneously relieve some of the pressure in his lungs. Two of his three defects may require surgery – one more immediately and the other at some point in the future. It is also possible that his body resolves 2 of the heart issues all on its own. The plan is to give medication, wait, and watch. His doctors made the decision to intubate him – a ventilator is now breathing for Cason so that his little body does not have to work so hard.
This morning, we have a new list of things to thank God for.
Children’s Hospital of New Orleans is the only hospital in the state which performs pediatric and neonatal heart surgeries. It is also the only hospital with a pediatric cardiovascular intensive care unit. This means that the cardiologists at Children’s are the best that Cason can get here in our state. They see issues like his everyday and fix them everyday.
We have been told that if a child must have congenital heart defects, his are the “best” to have. His cardiologist last night said that his defects are treatable and none of them are inherently life threatening.
Cason’s severe pulmonary hypertension allowed the doctors to find his heart defects. Intubation is terrifying to me, but it does seem to be relieving his PPHN. I can trust God to use this course of treatment to heal him and that Cason will be able to breathe on his own again one day soon.
I am thankful that God allowed us a few precious hours on Friday to be with our Cason before he became so sick. As painful as it is that that time ended, I have those memories to cling to.
Most of all, I am thankful that the Maker of heaven and earth is guarding the life of our sweet baby boy and watching over him day and night, even when we cannot be at his bedside.
I had no idea when we headed to the hospital last Wednesday night that I was walking into the greatest storm of my life so far. BUT I also had no idea that Adam and I were SO loved and that we had so many people who would support us through this storm. There are thousands praying for and thinking of our family. THOUSANDS. Thank you Lord. Thank you Jesus. We feel the loving arms of the Father wrapped around us.
We still believe that God can miraculously heal Cason. Pray that his pulmonary veins relax and open and his PPHN resolves. Pray that the holes in his heart would close at just the right time to balance the pressures in the various chambers. Pray that his narrowed aorta would be miraculously wider and allow more oxygenated blood to reach his extremities. Pray that Cason feels the presence of the Lord and knows that he is not alone!! Pray that his mommy and daddy would keep their eyes fixed on the One from whom their help comes and not slip into the anguish they are feeling.”
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