Wednesday, January 30, 2008

ICULater

Tricia was moved to her normal floor today! Already, her heart rate is down and she's falling asleep! This is something that probably should have happened several days ago, but we're glad we're here now, and that's all that matters.

We'll miss the great staff in the ICU, but we lovingly say that we hope we never see you again (at least up there)! :)

Nate

101 comments:

Heather's Haven said...

Yahoo! Yeah Dad! Hope that all continues to go well!

Melody said...

Your title on this post is so cute!.

That's great news :-)

Chelle' said...

YEAH!!! I've been waiting for this report. So glad to read it now.

Praying for a restful, peace- filled sleep this evening. For Tricia, Agnes, and you of course.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news!! I'm so glad she's been moved out of there! You're still in my prayers. Your girls are making leaps and bounds in the way of improvements! We serve a mighty God!!

Love and Blessings,
Bre

Anonymous said...

YEAH!!!!!!!! Praise God!!!! Rest well Tricia and hang in there...Glad Sweet Baby Gwyn is doing so well also....Still Praying.

Janet said...

Way to go, Sis!!! You did it! Now when we visit all my big kids can get in to see you. I can hardly keep myself from packing us all up right this minute and getting on the road with some snacks and coffee!

Jenn said...

Yeaaa--so happy for you!! Praying you all see continued improvement in every aspect!!!

Have a fun, restful night!

Emily said...

YAY Tricia!
I felt so much better when I moved down to the normal floor. I will pray that Tricia's recovery moves ahead faster now! :) :)

Lizze said...

WOO WHOO!!!!!! *does a happy dance*

Sara said...

Thanks so much for sharing the past few days with everyone. I have been praying Philippians 4:4-8 for all of you, as well as many different Psalms. We will continue to pray for all of you. Hoping 7 praying you will keep experiencing "the peace that transcends all understanding."

~Sara & family in MD

shelley. said...

Awesome news! Rejoicing with you!

Melony said...

I am so happy to hear things are going better for Tricia and for sweet little Gwyneth. I have to tell you that this morning on the way to preschool my 3 year old said out of the blue "is Baby Gwyneth getting all better?". Then she wanted to say a prayer for her. We'll be praying for good sleep!!

Patty said...

Hip Hip Hooray!! That is great news!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank God! I was developing anxiety just reading your post about Tricia's struggles over the last several days. Maybe you can take her outside tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

Praise Jesus.

Laurie said...

It is so good to hear that her heart rate is down since moving to her normal floor. I pray she sleeps long and peaceful, getting plenty of much needed rest. Praying for your girls all day long and for you and Agnes as you share shifts. May the Lord keep all of your spirits up and full of HOPE to keep the weariness from setting in. This has been a long and exhausting time for Tricia and for you. Rest well.

Love, Laurie in Ca.

Anonymous said...

Maybe your dog can come and visit! That would cheer Tricia up!

Anonymous said...

That is the best news ever! We are so excited for Tricia!

Amber said...

AMEN!

Melissa said...

Great news! Praise the Lord!

Anonymous said...

Yay! Sweet dreams to all.

Rebecca said...

Yay! This is such good news. I bet this will make you ALL feel better.

Thoughts and Things said...

Congratulations on your big move Tricia! I'm so happy for you! Thanks for the update!

Anonymous said...

PRAISE THE LORD! What a huge answer to prayer, we are so happy for your family!

Anonymous said...

A very big and heartfelt congratulations to you all. You are an amazing family!

walkingbyfaith said...

Yayyyyy!!! I'm so excited for y'all. :) Awesome news! Thank you Lord!

Love y'all.

The Beaver Family said...

YIPEEE!! I know you all are excited! I'll be praying for some quality shut-eye! Way to go Big Man! You rock!

Anonymous said...

So happy for you guys...there are some excellent articles out there in cyberspace on ICU Psychosis - a very real, very common phenomenon. After I was in the ICU for only 5 days one hospitalization, I had it so bad that I thought there were "extra" people around me in the room - convinced staff were trying to kill me - I even pulled out my vent tube because I thought it was suffocating me!

It was horrible...thankfully, most of those memories are very distant, but they do like to rear their ugly head anytime I have to go into the ICU.

Praise God that He is bigger than all of our stuff - including challenging memories - and that our minds are renewed daily through Christ Jesus!

Blessings,

Rose, CA

daralala said...

HOORAY!!! You are ALL so strong and amazing! :)

Rick Lawrenson said...

Will I feel at home at Duke if I'm not in "The Hole"?

I know for sure I won't miss those seats.

Man, I wish I could have come up today with Gail. But I was given a "Proud Grandpa" hat today!

The Engelhardt 4 said...

YIPEE!! Thank you Lord, for your many blessings and keeping this family close to You during this time of need. Please continue to protect them and give them the strength that they need.
Elizabeth
TX

Anonymous said...

Thank God, thanks for sharing today. Will be praying for Tricia.

"I lie down and sleep.
I awake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side."
Psalm 3: 5,6

I just wanted to share this verse. When going through a difficult trial, I had trouble with anxiety and this verse helped me not to just sleep, but to really rest.

I will definitely be praying for Tricia, thank God for this step forward.

Marsmile said...

Whoo hoo! ICU break! Way to go, Tricia! Glad to see you are feeling better and praying that you get lots of sleep now that you are back to your normal floor. :-) Thinking of you all!

Blessings,
Marissa

Anonymous said...

May your next new "home" be back at home. But in the meantime, what a relief for your family.

Kellee Flatt said...

Cograts! Praise the Lord for all HE has done! What a MIGHTY God we serve!

Christy said...

Awesome news!

AmyRobynne said...

Thank the LORD! I hope her sleep continues and her recovery continues so well!

My prayer life has never been better as I've made a point of praying for all of you. I'm amazed how many ways your story has helped the world.

Anonymous said...

WE ARE WITNESS TO MORE
PRAYERS BEING ANSWERED.......
YIPPPPEEEEEEEEEE
YES YES YES YES
WOWE WOWE WOWE
SO HAPPY FOR THE BOTH OF YOU........
TRICIA IS A FIGHTER WHO
BEATS ALL ODDS...OVER and
OVER AGAIN,WHOSE STRENGTH
IS AS STRONG AS HER FAITH
A TRUE SHINING STAR...
GWYNETH ROSE IS SHOWING
SHE IS AS TOUGH AS HER MOTHER
and NATHAN YOU ARE A HUSBAND-FATHER LIKE NO OTHER...
YOU ARE THE GLUE
HOLDING IT ALL TOGEATHER
THE THREE OF YOU AND YOUR
FAMILIES ARE A HUGE
INSPIRATION
I PRAY THAT TRICIA NATHAN AGNES DON GAIL RICK MEGAN JANET AND THE REST OF BOTH FAMILIES ARE ABLE TO SLEEP WELL KNOWING EVERYTHINGS GONNA BE ALRIGHT
STILL PRAYING & ALWAYS WILL BE SHOWERING YOU ALL LOVINGLY WITH PRAYERS & THIS TIME
(((((((((((((((((((I JUST HAVE TO
SEND HUGE HUGS YOUR WAY))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
LONG ISLAND NEW YORK
P.S. GOD BLESS THOSE DOCTORS, NURSES, AIDES, LAB TECHS &
EVERYONE AT DUKE

Anonymous said...

awesome!!! congrats!!!!

Jen said...

Yay! That is great news.

beachbug said...

Can a brother get an "Amen!"?

Gwyneth's Great Uncle Andy

Anonymous said...

Woo-Hoo! I'm so happy she's outta ICU. I'm a nurse and I know how stressful that environment can be for patients. And your sweet Gweneth- I'm so glad her poopin' and GI tract is back to normal! Praise the Lord- more prayers answered! I truly believe he is using your family to show us what awesome miracles he can do. I'm still praying for you in CA!
~Stephanie, mommy of twin angels Abigail Marie and Emily Elizabeth
www.trisomy18.org/goto/abigailandemily

Julie said...

That's awesome news! And thanks for sharing about Tricia's struggles over the last few days - it's nice to have specific things to pray for.

Paul J. said...

A congratulatory haiku...

Leaving I.C.U.
Tricia smiles as Nate dances
Celebrating poop.

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord!

Jessica Morris said...

YEAH!!! Celebrating with you! :)

Sheri said...

That is wonderful news! Praying for you two to get some rest.

Lesley said...

What an awesome God we serve! So thankful for answered prayer in Trisha getting out of ICU. Will continue to pray for God's peace to envelope you all and healing for the girls.
Blessings,
Lesley England

TruePraise said...

WooHoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So glad to hear this! Rest and Rest and Rest!!!! May sweet sleep fill your nights....

Anonymous said...

Another celebratory haiku

Out of ICU

singing songs of praise to God

soon lungs, then home, Gweneth!

Jane-Jane said...

praise Jesus for another answered prayer!

Still praying for all three of you and your families!

Mandy said...

Prayers answered are just so sweet!

Now to have some others come through... I'll keep praying!

Anonymous said...

I am so happy to hear the news of both your girls continuing to get better. They are both so lucky to have someone as supportive and devotive in their lives. May God continue to bless your whole family everyday.

pam"n"chemlab said...

Absolutely awesome news! When I think of all Tricia has been through in the last few months I just think of this song for her tonight! May blessings continue to surround your wonderful family.
--Pam C.

"Lifesong" - Casting Crowns

Empty hands held high
Such small sacrifice
If not joined with my life
I sing in vain tonight

May the words I say
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing
Bring a smile to You

Let my lifesong sing to You
Let my lifesong sing to You
I want to sign Your name to the end of this day
Knowing that my heart was true
Let my lifesong sing to You

Lord I give my life
A living sacrifice
To reach a world in need
To be Your hands and feet

So may the words I say
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing
Bring a smile to You

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Let my lifesong sing to You

Thodgson said...

YIPPEEEEE!!!!!!! Amen!!

Debra said...

Terrific news! I'm glad she's already responding to the new environment and pray it's the start of a whole new recovery. Debbi/Aspiemom
(I like your title of the post, too - great play with words!)

Family by Love said...

We are continuing to pray for sleep and healing for both of your girls. We are also praying for sleep and strength for you.

Shawna in OK said...

Praying that this is just what God has in mind to help Tricia. Thanks again for sharing your life with the world. I imagine you guys feel like movie stars sometimes with all of us posting. Well the good news is you are stars in the Book of Life! Being brothers and sisters in Christ is so awesome!! Give Tricia a hug from one sister to another. Take care of the girls! Love the pics and updates! Thank you again!
Shawna in Oklahoma

Anonymous said...

YAY!!!!! I cheered out loud and my husband looked at me like I was crazy (he didn't know what I was reading at the moment!). What AWESOME news again! Praise the Lord, Tricia and baby Gwyneth are still in my prayers!

So Blessed said...

What a wonderful praise report!
I'm still praying for all of you.

Anonymous said...

Yeah!!! So happy for you all. Rest well!

Leah Courtney

Anonymous said...

:)

cyn said...

Yippppppeee! I am so happy! Such good news. May you all sleep so very well tonight!

Beth Anne said...

Praise God! Praying for more and more miracles in the days ahead.

Anonymous said...

AMEN and AMEN! What wonderful news and a blessing to be on a new floor!!! We are lifting our hands in praise with you all!!!
Tricia, keep fighting! We are so proud of you, and YES, you are the toughest woman on earth! )per Nate's "Lists" post).
Gywneth...yeah, poop! Never underestimate the power of a good poop...Go God!
Still praying constantly and now for extra rest and peaceful dreams! Thanks for sharing about this last week's difficulties...I cannot imagine.
God is doing amazing things through your beautiful family. Again, thank you for giving us a glimpse into your trial...to God be the glory!
Claire Adams <><
Raleigh, NC

theragan3 said...

Praying that this is the boost and encouragement that Tricia needs to continue to rest and recouperate. Praying for you and Agnes as you spend your days tending to the needs of the girls. I understand that it's not always easy - but you just keep on doing what the Father has you doing for now. It's only for a season.

My new prayer is for Gwyneth to be well enough for you to have kangaroo care time with her. There is nothing sweeter than holding your child for the first time - especially after going thru the ups and downs of the NICU. You'd be surprised how much better our boys did when we held them. Breathing became more even and they were very calm and even took time to open their eyes and look at us. Praying this for you and Tricia.
Prayers from MD-
Erinn

Shari said...

Wonderful news! I am still holding your sweet family up in prayer!

Shari

Vicki said...

Great news! Hope Tricia's gets good sleep tonight!

Chris & Kelly said...

How wonderful. We are praying that her familiar room will bring a lot of comfort and a lot of restful sleep!

Amy said...

Wonderful news! So happy your girls are doing so well.

Still praying.

Florida_Mom said...

Way to go Tricia! I'm so happy to hear this wonderful news. Praising the Lord along with everyone else. Continuing to pray that the girls gain strength and that Daddy stays healthy and rested.

In Christ
Myra

Court said...

This is wonderful news! Praying for a peaceful, sleep"full" night for all of you! May God continue to comfort you, give you peace, and bring complete healing and restoration to your girls!

emily said...

YAY Tricia! Praise the Lord, He is faithful and mighty :)!

Praying for restful and peaceful sleep for your body, mind and soul, Tricia...

This is awesome news, I rejoice with you guys and will continue to keep praying!
-Emily Haager (CA)
:)

Melissa, Mike, and Brendon said...

This is fantastic!! Great news!

Anonymous said...

HOOAAH! The day will come when you can say to the hospital staff, I'll C U all later! Still praying!

Anonymous said...

BIG sigh of relief.....
Still praying.

nicole said...

YAY!

Anonymous said...

Praise God! Continuing to pray for your precious family.
Your sister in Christ,
Erin

turtlemama said...

What awesome news!! Enjoy.

JoythruHisGrace said...

Alleluia!!! So happy for you guys. Praising Him for such a joyful day! Praying Tricia continues to rest well and for healing for her and Gwyneth. Love you all!
God's blessed love and peace,
Cousin Amy

Aggiema (Michelle) said...

Wonderful News! Hope you are both able to get lots of sweet sleep!

Anonymous said...

Praying for sweet rest...
"I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." Psalm 4:8

Anonymous said...

Blessings!! Thanks for the news!

ShannonW said...

Yeah! That is great news. Catchy title too.

barb said...

Hurray for the normal floor and good sleep and falling heart rates. ICU is enough to stress anybody out. God is so good. I'm still praying for the three of you, and looking forward to the day Gwyneth moves on to CPAP and breast milk. I hope you all get some good rest tonight.

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? Yahweh is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never grows faint or weary; there is no limit to His understanding. He gives strength to the weary and strengthens the powerless. Youths may faint and grow weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the LORD will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint." Is. 40:28–31

The Hallenbeck's said...

Praise the Lord!!!!

Anonymous said...

yay!!!!!!!!

Tracy said...

That is awesome news-hopefully everyone is sleeping soundly tonight-sweet dreams to all of you.ZZZZZZZ
Keep Imagining
Tracy

http://pricelessjourney.blogspot.com

z1ta said...

That is wonderful news. Glad Tricia is out of the ICU. Here are some sleeping dust for you. Hopefully tonight you will be able to sleep through the night.

I am also glad that Gwyn is doing well. She is truly a miracle.

Jenn

Wade said...

Hey, That is Great! I just did that churn some butter dance for you Tricia and Nate, Man, we need a web cam...:D;D:D I think God laughs at me too. Seriously though, this is wonderful news, and yet another answered prayer, Our God Is Such an Awesome God! Love you 3!

Wade,Bari, and the Girls

Baby Leino said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! WHAT A HUGE STEP FORWARD!!!!!!

Gila said...

Great news! Thanks for the update. Please inform the girls that I would like another equally cheery update tomorrow morning.... If they would cooperate (especially Gwyneth) I would appreciate it. :)

Seriously, I am so relieved!

Gila

Gila said...

Great news! Thanks for the update. Please inform the girls that I would like another equally cheery update tomorrow morning.... If they would cooperate (especially Gwyneth) I would appreciate it. :)

Seriously, I am so relieved!

Gila

Allison said...

Praise God! After the last few days that you have had, its wonderful that you've been blessed with a new locale.

Anonymous said...

Praise God! and Yippee!

Jen in Al said...

Praising God with you!!! jen in al

em said...

praise god! we're so happy to hear that good news! we continue to check in daily (if not hourly) & pray for your family here in asheville.

in his mighty love,
emily & joshua smoyer

Anonymous said...

Praise God for another answered prayer!

allison said...

YAY!!!
I like the title. Cute. :)

Douglas said...

Praise God!! We are so glad you are doing better, Tricia.

Danielle Davis

Anonymous said...

Yay!!! So happy for you! Hope you continue to get the rest you need!

Prayers continue for your family! God Bless You!