Sunday, August 20, 2006
My cousin Sharon called me yesterday and within five minutes her old youth minister, now a pastor, had called us to see how he could help. We arranged for him to come baptize Braden last evening in the hospital. It will be as memorable for him, as it will us, as it was his first baptism! Pastor Dan Hauser from Crosspoint Church in Katy, TX did a wonderful job, and godparents Uncle Brian & Aunt Jenny joined us by speakerphone. Not to worry - we will be doing a renewal ceremony in Wichita back at our home church for family to attend:-)
Braden is a little more awake today, and we are waiting the final results from his cultures to get the 'clear' on no more gowns & gloves - so far everything has been negative. Since everything so far has been negative, they are going to put a hold on putting in a pick line (central line in the arm), because if there is no need to continue IV antibiotics, then we may not need the pick line. So we have a reprieve on that for one day to see how things play out. Monday he is still scheduled for a bronchial scope to see how the vocal cords are working. At that time, they will make the decision to remove the breathing tube if he does fine breathing on his own, and we have no reason to believe that he would still need it. Yesterday and today he was on CPAP, so essentially breathing on his own, but the machine ensures he breathes deep breaths and not shallow - and he is doing fine with that.
His nurses always say how adorable he is... so we are anxious to get all that tape off his face, so he can be clearly seen for the cutie-pie he really is. Mom & Dad are fine and learning the hospital, and grabbing rest when we can.
Some of you have figured out how to send Braden a little greeting, and I wanted to post it for the rest of you. We will be posting his greeting cards in his room for him... you can visit http://www.texaschildrenshospital.org/parents/patientgreeting/default.aspx to send him a personalized greeting card that they print out on cute cards and hand deliver to his room daily.
Thanks so much for your wonderful support and prayers - we will be in touch with Braden's progress!
Kodi, Brad, Braden