So much time has passed since Conan was born and he is still not home. Today, as we kick off the holiday season, it is difficult to believe that there is a very good chance that Conan will spend the entirety of the season in the hospital. However, on this day of thankfulness we know we have a lot to be thankful for. Here is an incomplete list of things we are thankful for today.
We are thankful for:
- Shannon’s bag of water’s rupturing prematurely so she could receive magnesium and steroids - giving Conan the best chance at survival
- the skilled surgeon, Dr. Lee-Shin who delivered Conan without incident - she says Conan’s emergency birth is one of the most memorable she has ever had
- the compassionate perinatologists, Drs. Henry and Dixon, who gave us hope that, in spite of our complications, Conan could be healthy
- the army of nurses and respiratory therapists who have skillfully taken care of our son every minute we were there and not there to be with him
- the members of our community who tirelessly brought us meals, prayed for us, and provided immense emotional support
- the members of our community who have given us the gift of financial support. These gifts have allowed use to visit Conan nearly daily, procure supplies for Conan to have mother’s milk in the hospital, and make sure that on-going medical costs are covered
- our family for watching our daughters, visiting, bringing meals, and embracing us with love
- Melodi for tirelessly driving from Las Vegas, week after week, to watch our daughters, make sure meals were ready, and assuring we had nothing at home to worry about
- our friend Patty for letting us borrow her car for a week while our car was in disrepair
- our daughters who have demonstrated incredible resilience as their lives have been disrupted over and over again by parents filled with fear
- the laws of our country that allowed John-Paul to take nearly a month of work to take care of Shannon and visit Conan every day without fear of losing his job
- the blessing Conan’s good health.
Today, Conan is primarily on “room air”, that is no additional oxygen. Conan still receives 15 forced breaths per minute but this too is being weaned until Conan can breath on his own. Conan continues to eat well and gain weight. In fact, today Conan is exactly four pounds! Yesterday, the ophthalmologist examined Conan’s eyes and let us know that everything is looking great and right now there are no signs of ROP, a vision stealing condition that affects many premature babies.This list cannot begin to elucidate the depths of our thankfulness. We hope everyone who reads this blog knows that we appreciate your well wishes for Conan and we hope you enjoy a beautiful Thanksgiving Day filled with love and countless blessings to be thankful for!