Friday, February 11, 2011

Last night we went to sleep at the hotel we are staying at since the nurse told us to go sleep since he was stable on the ECMO. We ended up phoning at 3:30am since I woke up and couldn't go back to sleep until I knew how he was doing.

This morning we went in to visit him and he opened his one eye for me just a slit:):) I was so happy to see that. He's been sucking on his ventilator when he is awake. But he is still kept heavily sedated, just not paralyzed. He has a hard time every time they suction him or move him and his saturations do go down but he has been recovering ok. He has a few clots in his ECMO line but they didn't seem too concerned. They are just keeping an eye on it that the clots don't get bigger. It is still hour by hour, minute by minute. Right now he seems to be stable. Well, as stable as he can be on ECMO.


Pat Folkertsma said...

Gary and Gretta,
May God surround with His Love and Peace and may you know that you are in the prayers of may people.
With Love and Prayers,
Pat Folkertsma (Kath's friend)

Anonymous said...

Dear Gary, Greta and Family, We are praying that the grace and peace of God our Father will sustain you - moment by moment, hour by hour, and we are praying that you will feel God's Hand holding you up. Thank you for the updates for us to pray alongside of you in whatever you are wishing to share with us about what you are going through. God's blessings. With Christian love, John, Jennifer and fam

Anonymous said...

My family and I are thinking of you and your family at this time. My prays are with you.

Anonymous said...

I know first hand how scary it is to see your little one on ECMO. My son was on it for pneumonia that caused complete failure of his heart and lungs. That machine is so big and scary, I will never forget that. But there are good outcomes, my son is prood of that. This will give his body the rest it needs. Your Benjamin is in my prayers. I will keep you close to my heart in the coming days.

A Mom Who Understnads

Anonymous said...

Although he is far from being out of the woods yet, its these little victories that we can rejoice and praise the Lord for! Keep leaning on the everlasting Comforter who can provide you with ALL things!

Anonymous said...

Grandma Langbroek asks me to type you a comment. She says she is praying for Gary and Greta and Benjamin. She has been read the 2 last blogspots and she says she likes to have them read to her. Grandma Langbroek is thinking about you and encouraged by him opening a slit of his eye this morning.

Pastor Elshout said...

Dear Gary & Greta,

Sandra has kept our congregation posted regarding the condition of your precious Benjamin. Please be assured of our ongoing intercessory prayer for him and your family. We are praying that in a very real sense you may experience that God is your Refuge and Strength, and a very present help in trouble (Psa. 46:1)

The Elshout Family

shirley k said...

Greta and Gary,

I'm so thankful for you that Benjamin opened his eye...something so little can be so big!
Wishing you strength from God,

Shirley Kerkhoff

PS Logan says to say hi!

Joyce said...

Greta - can't imagine what you're going through, but what I can do is pray for you guys - which I will. I pray for peace, and I pray that God will surround you with his love during this time.

Our Busy Little Bunch said...

Praying for you and little Benjamin!

Anonymous said...

Dear Gary, Greta & Family,
We are praying that God will be near you all in this difficult time. Also that He will be with dear Benjamin - how very special for you that he opened his eye just a little for you. Thanks for the updates.
With love and prayers,
Bill, Joyce and family

Anonymous said...

Dear Gary and Gretta,

Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

We pray the Lord will give you strength in His Will, Give you comfort in His love and confidence in His promises.

in Christian Love, Nick and Mary-Ann Dykstra

Anonymous said...

prayers winging your way!! may God give you and your family the strength and faith through this difficult time

Anonymous said...

We are keeping you and your family in our prayers and we ask the Lord to give you strength.
Love, Gerald & Elma and family

Michelle Vandepol said...

lots of ♥ and prayers

Uncle Adam & Aunt Annie said...

Dear Gary & Greta,
Our thoughts and prayers our with you during this difficult time.
May God surround you with His love,keep your eyes on Him. Stay strong in the Lord, He will and does give strength to go on when we need it.
Thank you for the updates.
We will continue to pray for little Benjamin and all of you.

Anonymous said...

Prayers for your little guy and you as parents and family.
Sharon VandeBurgt (nee Flokstra)