Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Carson is coming home!




Great news- Carson is coming home tomorrow! We can hardly believe it. He's finally ready to leave the NICU just in time for the coldest day of the year:)

It's a little scary thinking that Nate and I are completely responsible for Carson. We wish we could not only bring Carson home, but also a nurse! It's scary, but also of course exciting! No longer will we have to say goodbye to my baby; now we get to say goodnight.

Now an update on his recent tests: Carson had an ultrasound on his head in order to find out more about the fluid build up in his head. The radiologists determined that there has been little change since his birth. For now he can come home without a shunt. However, there is still a very possible chance that hydrocephalus could occur which would put in him back in the hospital for another surgery. Carson will continue to have appointments to monitor his head. Hopefully the fluid levels will not go up.
The doctors were also concerned about his kidneys and ability to empty his bladder completely. Recent tests did not tell us much. Carson will be on antibiotics and his bladder will be watched closely.

Today we met with a physical therapist who accessed Carson's leg muscles. He said that Carson had excellent muscles and seemed to use them well. His feet lack flexibility so he showed us some stretches to help. He also said that he believes that Carson will someday walk, perhaps with ankle braces, but he will walk! I couldn't help it, I just started crying. What news!

The events of today were an answer to prayer. God has shown us such mercy. Carson is a blessing; it's amazing how much we love him. Even more amazing is that God loves him even more.
Please continue your prayers for Carson.


14 comments:

csbuma said...

So many answered prayers! What joyful news! Carson is a beautiful baby. We are eager to meet him in person. Lots of love and prayers, Craig and Shari

Jordan said...

Praise to God for His mercy!! We are thankful for all the progress made, and look forward to meeting your new bundle of joy!
love, Uncle Keith and Aunt Sandi

Vweele/Cornells said...

I'm tearing up just imagining you hearing that Carson will walk. What encouraging news! I pray that you will continue to experience God's mercy. Enjoy bringing Carson HOME tomorrow!
Love, Taryn (Bob and Elise too)

Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! I am so happy that you get to take your little bundle of joy home already. Enjoy the adventure.
Allison Reiffer

Rural Felicity said...

That is wonderful news!! It IS scary and exciting all at once. :)

Nely said...

Thats great news..we will keep praying and we hope things get even better. Hugs and Kisses for Carson...♥

♥Nely

Kathryn Gay said...

What great news! He really is an amazing God. You're family has been in our prayers and I'm so excited you to get to take the little peanut home - what a great feeling. Hang in there and you keep learning more and more!

Robin said...

Pleased and honored to pray for both Carson and his parents!

Leigh and Andy said...

We are so happy to hear that Carson is coming home, where he belongs! That little guy is such a miracle and gives us so much hope! We will continue to pray for the three of you and cannot wait for our boys to meet!

Jordan said...

Wow! What great news! My eyes got all teared up when i read your post! What an answer to prayer....showing us yet again how amazing the power of prayer is! We love you guys and are so excited Carson gets to come home! Love, Jordan. Jess. and Cally!

csbuma said...

Note from Milly Buma - "Once upon a time, long long ago, my husband and I came home with our new little boy, Craig Buma. I am a nurse who worked in regular and special care nurseries way back then. The thought of being solely responsible for our little boy was quite daunting. I also thought it would be great to have a nurse come home with us! Do not apologize for your nervousness and be assured that nobody ever has the "training" (or the degree/license) to care for their child. Go with your heart and continue to show Carson the love you have been showing him in the NICU. You and he will thrive as you begin his life story together. We give thanks for the many good things you have experienced since his arrival. What a difference from the situation 50+ years ago when problems were first met upon delivery, and then dealt with using rather primitive means.
Love from Pete & Milly Buma"

Uncle Rog and Aunt Dawn said...

This is such wonderful news!! So many prayers for all of have been answered, and of course, we will continue to keep all of you in our prayers. Enjoy that beautiful baby boy at home.

Texas Triggs said...

Congratulations on your son's progress. We are due in 5 weeks with a SB L5-S1 baby boy. Thank you for posting pictures of your family and your new blessing from God. It helps to make me a little less scared.

MommaKathi said...

Wow! that is awesome news! We will keep praying that a shunt won't be needed! Way to go Carson! I can't wait until we get to meet.
Kathi