August 3rd, 2011

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Sweet baby Z

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Sweet baby Zion is hanging on and hanging in there.  His condition has shifted so many times and so quickly, it’s hard to know what to say – and I don’t want to say one thing, only to have it change in the next minute.  So watch Jeremy and Ashley’s blog for more “official” news.

What I can tell you is that Zion had surgery yesterday afternoon to have a shunt placed in his brain to drain off fluid – fluid that had been building up and restricting brain growth, fluid that had caused his original crash on Saturday night.  The surgery went well, but as of right now, he is still intubated – a much longer intubation than would have been ideal.  We are hopeful that he will be extubated this morning, because he is uncomfortable and in a lot of pain.

Jeremy and Ashley haven’t left his side, and have the impossibly hard job of entrusting their baby to strangers.  They are low on sleep and high on stress, with every beep of the monitors making them sit up and take notice.  Being a parent requires one’s entire heart – and Zion has theirs. They have been amazing.

In the meantime, and until further notice, I’m in Colorado Springs hanging out with my little chipmunks.

Thank you for your prayers and thoughts and texts and emails. This beautiful, tiny baby is so loved, and we continue to entrust him to the One who made him.