Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Prayer Request

**Final Update - July 14**

I took Drew in today and he weighed in at 12lbs. 15oz. The remaining tests came back and they all looked good. We did a urine analysis in office today and that came back and looked good too. So...at this point, we go back to being conservative; in other words, no more testing. We'll continue to feed him calorie dense foods, bring him back in two weeks, check his weight then and go from there. His 9 month visit is scheduled for late August.
Thank you to everyone who prayed for Drew, and even those of you who aren't of the praying sort, your well wishes and positive thinking helped keep all of us in good spirits. I am simply amazed at the outpouring of support. I never thought I'd get to be a part of such a great group of gals who I know are there for me every bit as much as I've tried to be there for them. Simply amazing...God bless. :)


I took Drew in yesterday for a weight check. At his six month appointment, he was 13lbs.13oz. or in the less than 5th percentile. Yesterday, and after noticing some pea sized bumps under his skin on his neck and head, I thought it was best to go ahead and schedule a full appointment versus a weight check. It was a good thing. Our poor little guy dropped weight significantly in six weeks, weighing in at a scant 12lbs. 8.5oz. Doc recommended some blood work to see what's the cause. His bumps turned out to be swollen lymph nodes and he was a little out of sorts and under the weather over the weekend, so that's consistent. However, at this point we are waiting to hear back on the test results. He had three viles of blood taken (a *lot* for a baby!) and we have to bring in some 'samples' from home...hopefully, you can connect the dots on that one.

Anyway, please keep our little guy in your prayers that it's nothing serious. He is normal in every other respect. I think in an effort to show me how "normal" he really is, he made his first attempt at crawling up the stairs this morning. He went up three steps before I picked him up.

ETA (edited to add): Dr. Chang called around noon today and said that of the results that *have* come back, they all look normal. We are still waiting on a few more from the blood tests and the 'samples' we took in earlier today. Those should be 24-72 hours turnaround time. The 'samples' will be testing for lead (which is kinda scary, but related to losing weight) and malasorption, or his inability to retain the nutrients from his food. If nothing comes back conclusive or his weight doesn't improve with his weight check next week, we'll probably meet with a dietician and decide to do a urinalysis to test for a UTI. In the meantime, doc suggested putting him on three squares and two snacks/day, which isn't *usually* suggested until they are nine months old. He's doing great so far today and we're stuffing him as much as he is willing to eat. So I guess until next week, we'll just do our part to feed him and carbo load...thanks to the many prayers. :)

****Thursday, July 10****

**For those of you who have been keeping up, I call this video "it's come to this..."**
i bought *lots* of bananas {see Demitri Martin banana joke below; and you've never truly visited us if we haven't subjected you to the comedy stylings of Demitri Martin} for Drew to eat...I'm pretty sure they're calorie dense foods and lots and lots of cereal to mix with it, both rice and oatmeal. We're still waiting to hear back about the remaining tests, but I felt I owed everyone our personal update. Drew is in great spirits and laughing a lot and eating even more!

In this video, we gave Drew some Cool Whip to play with
(we had fresh raspberries with Cool Whip - extra creamy courtesy of Ashley - for dessert). The goal was that he'd eventually get some in his mouth to eat, but he found playing with it to be just as fun. He's sporting his November 2007 BBC babies shirt.


Demitri Martin joke:
"I feel stupid when I write the word banana. Its like, how many na's are on this thing? 'Cause I'm like 'Bana ... keep going. Bananana ... damn.'

Click here to hear more by Demitri, but only if you want to laugh...lol.


Anonymous said...

Will definitely be praying for little Drew - and YOU! Keep us posted.

Amelia said...
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Rebekah said...

Goodness - how scary! Definitely keeping you guys in our prayers. Please keep us posted!

Amelia said...

oh gosh, how scary! I'll be thinking of you guys. I'm sure you'll update as soon as you know anything. Anxiously awaiting news!

note: I tried editing and it wouldn't let me, so I deleted and reposted, all i wanted to do was add an a to waiting :) that's why there's a removed comment, sorry!

Itty_Bitty_Wittes said...

Oh my gosh! We will totally be praying for Drew!

OT: I want to be a part of the Blog of the week, but I don't have an invite to the new BBC so that is why I haven't been on. Help!

Megan said...

Drew is in my prayers - take care!

-Bridget said...

I hope everything is ok. He's in my prayers.

Mandalynn said...

Martina, I'll definitely be praying for Drew. Please let us know as soon as you get any results back! Strength and hope to you!

Martina said...

Valerie...send me your e-mail address to sapphires2000 {at} sbcglobal {dot} net and I'll give you my invite that I've been clutching for dear life for a while...you must promise to be a loyal friend to blogaholics anonymous. ;-)

I will be giving a partial update later today once drew wakes up.

AllisonDacia said...

Glad you updated. I was worried about Drew. Hope he gets big and fat soon :)

Jess said...

xoxo to drew!!! i hope everything is okay!

The Epsteens said...

Martina-wanted to let you know you and Drew are in my prayers-and your FIL as well. Praying for weight gain for your little guy and that the remaining tests are all normal as well!

The Cohen's said...

Very much still praying for Drew... and I've passed the prayer request along. I'll keep checking your blog for updates. :)

- Dana said...

Poor little Drew! He's in my prayers! Glad to see the update. Take care!

Amanda said...

Let us know what happens. That is scary!

I am also a sheep by the way!

emily said...

Okay. I LOVE the intense look of concentration on his lil' face as he plays with his whipped cream!!

And O/T-- I LOVE your kitchen!!

dana said...

i know i'm late on this...been MIA...but know that drew (and y'all, too) are in my prayers!

Kelly Deneen said...

I hope Drew is doing better. How scary for all of you! He is such a little cutie.