Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Tuesday Update

First, for all you junkies, Nathan plans to post some pictures of Gwyneth with her pug later today.

Gwyneth's eye exam showed no real improvement of the ROP from last week. So another evaluation will be done next week. If there is still no improvement they may do another laser procedure.

Her weight is now a hefty 2lb. 14oz.! Sounds like she's got her Mom's appetite and will be hitting the 3lb. mark in a couple of days.

Tricia has had her ups and downs in the last 24 hours. She walked 1050 ft. today (approx. 2/10 of a mile). During the night she was on the vent for a few hours, but has been off for quite a while today. She's still shooting for 24 hours off. She didn't sleep well again during the night, but was sleeping earlier this afternoon. As you can imagine, sleep in the ICU is tough because of all the necessary attention. Please pray for good sleep.

Her sister Megan spent the morning with her, which is good therapy for Tricia. Another chest tube was removed today! (Sorry, I don't know the count.) She also had bronchoscopy today and things looked great. But her pain meds have given her some nausea, so they have reduced the dosage, which means a little more pain.

Be on the lookout for Gwyneth's latest pics!

Rick Lawrenson

88 comments:

Megan said...

Glad to hear things are going well. You're all in our prayers!

Paul and Christy said...

This is a big deal. Tricia is doing great. I can't imagine going through a transplant. I will be praying for them both. I hope Gwyneths eyes do better this week. Hope Nathan is getting rested up and revived.
Christy

april said...

I hope she is out of ICU soon!

Shari said...

prayers will keep coming!! I am amazed at the progress Tricia has made this week. Unfortunately, an ICU is not a place where recovery is easy--too noisy and never any down time.. Can't wait to see the pics--I am a Grammie junkie!!

Shari NC

Goodboy Norman Featherstone said...

SO GLAD to hear everyone is progressing well!

Brody's Mom said...

awesome news! thanks for sharing!! I will be one of the junkies checking for pics whenever Nathan has a few minutes to post them. :)

Hugs, love and continued prayers from FL!

walkingbyfaith said...

I'm still amazed at how well Tricia is doing after such a rough surgery. :) What a miracle both she and Gwyneth are!

Can't wait for the pictures!

Thanks again for the updates, Rick. :)

Julie said...

Thanks for the update! Still praying.

coopernicus said...

This is the first time I've come across your blog...and it just blows me away. The courage and faith of everyone involved is mind-boggling. Adding all to my prayer list..

Lockwoods said...

Will pray Tricia will get some good rest, that her nausea will go away, and that she can soon reach that 24 hour mark.
love and prayers,
The Lockwoods

Nan said...

Junkies? Us? Never! We all resemble that remark:) Thanks for the updates. Sounds like you have some fiesty women in your family! Praise God for their willingness to fight! Still praying!

Leslie said...

Thanks for the continued updates! So glad to hear that Tricia is working so hard and able to walk around a little. She is so tough! Also very happy to hear about Gwyneth's weight! Way to go girls!! The prayers will continue!

Amy E. said...

Can't wait for the pictures!! Glad to hear that things are going well. Prayers for sleep, strength and good healthy lungs are still going up here in Texas.

Looking forward to the day that Tricia is ready for a photo op and we can see that great smile!

Rebecca said...

Thank you for the update. It sounds like everything is going fairly well. I'm thankful for that.

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jmgarnet76 said...

We're gonna start calling Gwyneth fat.

2 pounds 14 ounces indeed.

Now that the weight is packing on to your little Rose, we all need to concentrate on prayers for her eyes.

Kate said...

I'm so happy to hear that Tricia remains infection- and rejection-free! Praise God!

I'm sure this is a silly suggestion and it has already been thought of by Tricia's pain management team, but just in case it hasn't... when my son got really nauseated after his brain surgeries, he was given Zofran to take care of the nausea. Perhaps that would work for Tricia, too (if there's not some contraindication for giving it to her), and enable her to receive her full doses of pain meds.

Sorry that Gwyneth's ROP isn't improving, but at least it isn't getting worse... that's a blessing.

And YEA to Gwyneth's weight gain and doing so well with bottle-feeding. That is awesome!

Continued prayers for the entire family. Thanks so much for updating us, Rick.

Carol said...

Yea for continued forward progress for both girls. Hope the eye stuff clears up for Gwyneth and the pain gets less and less for

amathyst-eyes said...

Sounds wonderful, I hope Tricia has a restful day, and that she gets out of the ICU soon!

Amy said...

I am one of the "junkies" and look forward to seeing the latest pics!
Thanks for the updates. Am still praying here in the uk.

amy smith said...

praying for rest for the weary... ALL the weary.

Rick Lawrenson said...

My bad on Gwyneth's weight. She's actually 2lb. 14 oz. not 2 lb. 12 oz. (I know she appreciates me sharing that info.)

Kristi said...

I have been checking faithfully but not always leaving a comment. I will continue to remember all of you in my prayers. God is good!

Stacemoe said...

YEAH!!! Tuesday Update on Gwyneth soon to come....We are junkies!!! :) Glad she is doing so well and gaining weight...will continue to pray for her eyes so no further procedures are necessary. Praying for peaceful sleep for Tricia so her body can continue to heal and get stronger and that she can be vent free!!!!!! Praying for Nathan as well....thanks for the updates.

Kelly said...

Thanks for the update. Praying for positive progress for Tricia!

Brad & Karen said...

Thanks for the updates.
Praying for sleep for Tricia and for needed strength to recover.
ICU will soon be a memory!
Sleep Tricia Sleep!
Karen et al
Vancouver, BC
Cananda
PS I can already see a renewed Tricia walking her baby girl along a beach walk, tanned and healthy! Nate will be running to keep up!! ;-)

Kristina said...

Junkies . .. ha, I guess that would be me since when I woke up this morning and thought, "Its Tuesday . . PUG PICTURE DAY!"

Hang in there Tricia, praying God providesbotoh the strength and rest you need!

Grow, Gwenyth, Grow!

Patty said...

Praying for both of the girls.

jamie said...

Oh dear, I hadn't thought of myself as a junkie until today! :) Sounds like it's mostly good news. Sure will pray for Good sleep and no vent for Tricia and for Gwyneth's eyes. Can't wait to see pictures of her! Thanks Rick! God Bless you all.
Jamie in Texas

kidsworld said...

Great news! Thank you for the update. Will look forward to some pics later tonight. Praying for rest and healing.

refreshing in ohio

Tanisha said...

Thanks for the updates. :)

Karen said...

Certified junkie, that would be me.
I can't wait for my pic fix of superbaby

Carmen said...

That's great news, I pray that Tricia can go 24 hours without the vent. I can't wait to see Gwyneth's pictures with her pug.

Sara said...

thanks rick for keeping all of us "junkies" well informed

keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers!!

cmziall said...

Still praying! Thanks, Rick, for taking the time for the updates. . .of course, not as many as Nate usually does ;)

Tricia, you are quite the fighter and we know you'll keep up the good work to get out of ICU!

Way to go Gwyneth. . .you're becoming quite the little porker! LOL! Can't wait to see those pictures with the FULL SIZE Pug!

Nate, hope you are getting a lot of rest because I know as soon as Tricia is in a normal room you will be sleep deprived once again! Glad to see that you got to meet up with the guys and your dad a couple of days ago.

God Bless!
Michelle in MO

Melissa said...

Wow, Cant believe Gwyneth is gaining weight so fast, such a champ! Still praying for everyone. Thanks to Nate's dad for the updates!!

Kori said...

Can/t wait for the Gwyneth pics. And we are all praying for you and Tricia. Her strength is remarkable. God Bless you guys. Much love in Christ, Kori

L&DRNKY said...

praying in KY

Kat said...

I am SUCH a photo hound - I can't WAIT to see pics of Gwyneth AND Tricia!

Of course I think the most anticipated picture has got to be one with Nathan, Gwyneth and Tricia together, out of the hospital, and tube/vent free. :)

Amy said...

Will be praying for Tricia's sleep and pain. Can't wait for the 24 hour mark for her, too! Thanks for the update!!! Looking forward to more Gwyneth pics!

listeningfordirection said...

Praying in Missouri still and checking back AT least 10 times a day for updates. :)

Sarah

marcia said...

Wow! That little peanut struggled so long to hit 2 lbs....now she is just cruisin' to 3!! PTL!
Tricia, you are doing so amazingly well, it seems! Won't be long and you will be totally of the vent and out of ICU. Bet you can hardly believe this is finally happening! Continuing to pray for all of you, all the time!

katrenia1 said...

I am glad to hear things are going well. I continue to pray for all of you. I hope Tricia gets out of ICU soon and Gwyneths eyes get better. I can not wait to see her new pics with the pug. And I hope Nate is getting rested up. We all miss his blogging but we appreciate your Dad's blogs.

Katrenia

Courtnie said...

Glad to hear that things are going better! I am now praying that she will be 24 hours vent free.

Thanks for the updates :)

Erin said...

Amazing! Still praying for the entire family.

Adrienne said...

Thanks for the update and looking forward to pics of Little Gwyneth, who isn't so little anymore...Lord, please continue to grace Tricia with your peace, strength and healing. Thank You!

Seth, Jen, Hannah, and Cailyn said...

Glad to hear things are going so well!! And Nathan, as much as we appreciate hearing from you directly, please take as much time you need before "returning to public." LOL Your girls need you strong and rested, mentally, physically and spiritually!!

Kupiec Baby Blog said...

I'll continue to pray for Tricia and Gwyneth. They have both come so far - the strides they have are amazing. Praise God from whom all blessing flow.

Military Wife Proudly said...

I am new to the followers of you blog. However, you and your family are an inspiration. I am a nurse, to be specific, a NICU nurse. I love my job and I love my babies. However, every now and again, I need reminding of why I do my job. You have reminded me. I will go to work tonight and look at my babies in a new light. Thank you for that. I will be praying for you and your family.

One Happy Family! said...

I am so glad things are going so well for both Tricia and Gwyneth! Many prayers still being said and for rest for Tricia.

Thanks for the updates!

mrsnan said...

"junkies"....HA! Yes, I will admit I fully deserve that title and am more than a little excited to see the Gwyneth pics.

Keep up the beautiful progress, Tricia my dear! You'll be out of ICU before you know it.

Bonnie said...

I'm not a junkie! I've only checked the blog 14 times today for an update! Tricia and Nate, we are faithfully praying for you guys. We love you!
Bonnie and the boys (and Khristina)

mom2izzyandallen said...

Totally not a junkie...well maybe not totally. I will pray this week for Gwyneths eyes and tonight for lots of rest for Tricia!
Thanks for the update.

Jane-Jane said...

I see where Nate gets his writing style and sense of humor! Thanks Rick!

Gwyneth is up to almost THREE pounds of butter in weight...that's almost 12 sticks of butter folks!

Tricia, my husband does not react well to pain meds either...i'm like a junkie, I can have no problems, and totally understand why folks get hooked! Reset that clock and put those running shoes on!

Always praying!

mary40 said...

Glad that Tricia is doing good. I am still praying for a smooth recovery

momwriter said...

Just to be sure, I just registered as an organ/tissue donor through the link on this blog. It's on my driver's license, but I figure being registered online is best. If you've put it off, DO IT NOW, people -- it's easy, only takes a minute and you could save lives! Praying for Tricia and Gwyneth! [and rest for Nate]

Lou Ann said...

Great news. I will keep praying for you and your family. God Bless You.

Christy said...

Awesome news about Gwyneth's weight! I can't wait to see the updated pics of her.

Sorry to hear Tricia is having the nausea with the pain meds. I'll be praying that it goes away and the pain lessens. Also still praying for that 24!!!

momwriter said...

LOL - it occurred to me, if you blog-readers have time to read this blog several times a day, then surely you have time to register as an organ donor...or suggest a friend or family member to do the same.

Two blessings from above said...

Praying that Tricia will not be in pain and get some sleep tonight. Also praying for Gwyneth's next eye evaluation that there is much improvement. Happy to hear she is putting on weight. I look forward to seeing her latest pictures.
I have total faith that Tricia is going to hit that 24 hour mark soon!
Thanks for the update.

Sonja said...

So happy to hear the news. I will pray for more sleep, less pain and 24 hours without vent. Also, praying for Gwenyth's eyes. Let Nate know we have not forgotten he also needs prayer to keep up with his girls and to be his best. Thank you again for the updates.

Sonja in Florida

Jennifer said...

Still praying in Michigan.

Erin said...

Goooo Tricia! Glad to hear that Megan was there to spend some time with her sister.
Can't wait for the Pug pictures of the week. ROP stinks but I hope the re-evaluation goes smoothly and that there is not a need for an additional laser surgery (my niece has ROP so I will say extra prayers for gwenyth's gorgeous eyes). Thanks for the continued updates Rick!

Heidi said...

glad things are going well! After my TX (march 01) sleep was the hardest thing! Especially in the ICU...you're not on a very good schedule, and they wake you up a lot too! All the new meds Tricia's on make it so hard. I pray for good sleep! And, 24 hours off the vent! That's a real toughie! She'll get there! GO Tricia GO!!!! Slow and Steady! Also glad the bronch looked good, that's the best news of all!

Ree said...

So glad to hear the good news and that things are going well. What do you expect in a family of fighters?
I will continue to pray, especially for sleep!
GOD BLESS!

Ann M said...

Praying for rest for everyone, especially Tricia! Praying for Gwyneth's eyes to do better. Praying for peace for all.
God Bless you

sandra said...

I can't wait to see Gwyneth. I'm happy to hear Tricia is going great.

Songbird From Shadows said...

can't wait for pictures! :)

Emma R. said...

I pray she gets the sleep she needs. Hospitals are terrible places to try to sleep. It will be nice to see her out the ICU soon and I am amazed she is doing so well this soon. What a fighter! Can't wait to see new pug pics of Gwyneth either! Our family is praying for yours

Lori

Heather said...

God bless your lil' family. I will pray for you all.

The Engelhardt 4 said...

woohoo. we are so glad to hear that things are still going well. Keep going Tricia and keep up your hard work!!! Can't wait to see some recent pictures of all of you!! Sleep well!!

MB Balances said...

You are all in our daily prayers!
MB from MA

TruePraise said...

continueing to lift both girls up...

Kim
Raleigh

Kim said...

Thank you for being kind enough to update us.
Tell Nate we miss him!
Looking forward to Gwenyth pics and praying for Tricia.

Emily said...

That's great news on all the walking! Praying that Tricia will be able to stay off the vent and for Gwyneth's eyes. Gwyneth is an eating machine! Grow baby grow! Can't wait to see the pictures.

~j~ said...

Thank you for the new update... yes continued prayer absolutely, we are all rooting for you sweet Tricia.
and I realized today that i am 110%
addicted to this blog...my name is julia i am a cf husband blog addict
:)

Jen in Al said...

thanks for the update! Can't wait to see the pictures of Gwyneth! covering them in prayer, jen in al

Kenzie Stanfield said...

Continuing to pray...

Love,
Kenzie

Beebe said...

Keeping you all in my prayers. Hope everyone has good night.

viclmbrt said...

Okay, so I'm a junkie...but isn't Loving better than drugs? Sorry Pastor Rick, I am in Love with your beautiful family! And I am in Awe at how God is using them. Ask your sister D she'll tell you I love deep. Love and Prayers Always!!

Larissa said...

Praise God for family! We're continuing to pray for sleep, healing, less pain, and 24 hours of unassisted breathing.

Gila said...

Thanks for the update. Praying for you guys.

Mary Kay said...

Pastor Rick, thank you for taking the time to post these updates for all of us. Praying for your extended family, especially for Tricia and Gwyneth's continued healing.

Alice said...

Things sound good... I also had major trouble sleeping, even out of the ICU. Think I went for about 4 days without any deep sleep at one stage. Then I just started crying so they increased the sleeping pills, lol! Tricia you rock!!!

Agkirsch said...

Rick, Thank you so much for stepping in for Nate. We all apprecate it. And all who are praying please keep this dear aithful daddy and husband in prayer. We love you Nate.

Magoon Family said...

That's great that she is doing better and better each day. Here's hoping she can be off the vent for 24 hours!

Camille said...

Thank you for sharing your story. Your family is in my prayers. We have a good family friend with a very similar story and it's encouraging to hear how well Tricia and Gwyneth are doing.

Katie said...

Nate that viedo made me smile. It was full of love laughter and joy. I thought it was awesome! And I can't wait for the next! Each time you guys post you suprise me more and more with how strong both Tricia and Gwyneth are! And Nate you aren't getting enough credit I can see how much you go through and I pray that you can take your 2girls home safe and sound really soon!
-Katie