Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Wishes for Andy
Andy is the son of a friend of ours in Minnesota. We became friends because we are in the same online Birth Club...moms of babies born in April 2006. I've never met Barb in person, but after going through pregnancy together and sharing all of our experiences of new mommyhood thus far I feel like I know her better than many people that I talk to in person on a regular basis. We've talked on the phone, we've sent personal messages and we are always on the message board together. Every Friday since birth I have seen pictures of Andy and I've watched him grow. Barb is the sweetest woman in the world. She is our Wiggles connection, sent me a Christmas present this year and Andy was Cady's 2007 Valentine.
On Tuesday of last week Andy came down with the flu. Barb did everything that you should do for the flu. She gave him lots of fluids, she took him in on Emergency to be seen. She called the pediatrician three times on Wednesday and was told that they were doing all they could for the flu. She was told it was a virus and to make sure that he was still having wet diapers..a sign that he was not becoming dehydrated. By Thursday morning Andy started having seizures brought on by dehydration (although he was drinking pedialyte and having wet diapers). The seizures caused Andy to have a couple of strokes and then cardiac arrest. All of these things caused Andy's brain to swell. He's been in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit since Thursday hooked up to all kinds of machines to help him breathe and machines that pump drugs into his tiny little body.
A miracle happened! The Doctors were expecting a fatal outcome and then suddenly the swelling on his brain subsided. Slowly, day-by-day they are reducing the interventions. Saturday morning Andy opened his eyes and coughed and was able to move the right side of his body. By Monday, the heavy duty drugs were taken away, last night they removed his IV's, and today if everything is still looking positive they will remove his breathing tube. Andy endured the most damage to the frontal lobe of his brain, The Occipital has a small mass, and then there are some smaller cell damages throughout the back of his brain. Minor stuff really when a fatal outcome was expected.
Andy is a fighter and his parents have endured what I know to be my worst nightmare. If you pray, pray for this family. If you don't, please send some positive thoughts their way.