Saturday, March 14, 2009

White Counts on the Rise

Xavian has been sleeping a lot the past few days and has vomited a few times as well. He's very congested and has had several throat suctions performed. The mucus has been extremely thick, so I can understand his discomfort. He's also had some massive blowouts in his diaper, which I'm sure hurt at various phases of the blowout process. They've reduced his IV nutrition to see if he will eat more from the bottle, but so far he hasn't. He will probably eat more from the bottle once this mucus clears up and he can breathe more easily. Benadryl seems to be the drug that helps him relax the most. Usually it knocks him out. Morphine takes away the pain, but seems to make him itch really bad, which makes him seem uncomfortable

This morning his white blood cell counts were up a little bit, so that encouraged the doctors and us. We are hoping to see a steep climb here shortly. We really want to go home. It's stressful trying to juggle this stuff. There is truly no rest for the weary.

Dante got home last night and played with me for a few minutes before going to bed. He woke up a few times in the middle of the night. I don't think he knew where he was. He's been very cranky since returning from Atlanta. I think all the bouncing around might be catching up to him. He's spending most of the weekend with Cassie while I stay at the hospital with Xavian.

At this point, we continue to wait and see what tomorrow holds. We're truly in a "one day at a time" pattern.

General prayer needs:
  • continuing faith, strength, patience, and courage
  • leaning on others for support
  • rest for the weary
Specific prayer needs:
  • that we can be patient in the midst of stressful moments during each day
  • that Xavian's white blood cell counts get back to a safe level soon
  • that we can go home and have some semblance of a normal life for a few weeks
  • that mom and dad can take care of ourselves while trying to take care of a sick infant and a toddler
  • that we can learn from this experience
  • God's Will


  1. I will share the list of prayer requests with my Sunday School class tomorrow and ask for their continued prayers.
    Thanks for the update.

  2. Matt, I pray every morning and every night that God will heal Xavain. He is such a little fighter. I also pray for you and Cassie and Dante for strength & understanding. If you need anything thing at all you just let me know. All my love! Aunt Wanda

  3. Steve and I were glad that we got to see Cassie and Xavian this past Wednesday. We continue praying for you all. We love you. Linda

  4. I will share this list of prayers with our group. I'm glad I got to meet Cassie on Saturday! Dante is so precious; let me know when you need a sitter! :)