Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Next Big Hurdle

I spoke with Tricia's primary CF doctor. Tricia is exactly where he expected her to be. The next big hurdle, which is taking place right now, is to ween Tricia off of the paralytic drug with the hopes that Tricia's lungs will begin breathing with the ventilator. They will know within the next few hours.

If that is successful, they will begin to ween her off of the sedative to wake her.

Pray right now that her lungs respond well. Also, her CO2 level is extremely high....not life-threatening, but not safe long-term.

Here's a picture of her vent.

Thank you!



Anonymous said...

Constantly praying for you all.

Lots of love,

T, Allison and Colin

Anonymous said...

Continually praying for healing and strength for Tricia and Gwyneth. Thank you so much for keeping the updates coming. It helps to know specifically what to pray for. Praying now that Tricia's lungs will work with the ventilator so she can be weened off the paralytic, that she will not be stressed or uncomfortable, that she will grow stronger by the minute!

Rich and Lauren said...

still praying!

Rebecca (Ramblings by Reba) said...

Still praying!

Anonymous said...

Praying that Tricia's lungs work along with the vent. Praying that baby Gwyneth thrives in the NICU. Thank you for the updates. I check constantly.

jullylaw said...


Anonymous said...

Praying daily and believing. Thank you for sharing your faith and life with so many. God bless your family. Praying for your protection and healing Tricia.

Tanya said...

Still praying for Tricia! She's been on my heart non-stop.

Anonymous said...

Your family consumes my thoughts continuously. To God be the glory! Bless you all.

Rich and Lauren said...

Here's the lyrics to the song on the video:

Crazy, but I believe this time
Begging for sweet relief
A blessing in disguise
I'm dying behind these tired eyes
I've been losing sleep
Please come to me tonight

Hands on a miracle
I got my hands on a miracle
Believe it or not
Hands on a miracle
And there ain't no way I'll let you take it away

Everything that we've survived
It's gonna be alright
Just lucky we're alive
Got no vision
I've been blind
Searching everywhere
You're right there in my sight

Shandelle said...

We are continuing to pray here. My 4 year old said a prayer this morning for them as well.

Anonymous said...

I'll be praying expectantly for Tricia's lungs.

Anonymous said...

Im am new to your blog, cant stop checking in on you guys. Praying for your family:)

Anonymous said...

Oh Nate, to think of that tiny baby and the fact that your wife hasn't even seen her yet is just so heart wrenching. Let alone the fact that they are both so extremely vulenerable.
I will pray, I will pray for all of you.
I hope it is of some comfort to you that so many people all over the world are praying for your two beautiful girls.


Anonymous said...

Im am new to your blog, cant stop checking in on you guys. Praying for your family:)

Anonymous said...

I have family and friends praying for both of your girls to have a full recovery, as well as, you and your family to have continuous strength throughout this journey! God Bless You All!!!!

Anonymous said...

Praying in Michigan...

Bobby J

Rick Lawrenson said...

Here are the words from an old song your great-grandmother sang to your grandmother when she was a little girl. She wrote out the words with a little adaptation.

"Mighty Like a Rose"
Sweetest little baby
everybody knows
Don't know what to call her,
but she's mighty like a Rose.

Lookin' at her mommy
with eyes so shiny blue
Makes you think that heaven
is comin' close to you.

When she's there a'sleepin'
in her little place
thinks I see the angels
peekin' through the lace.

When the dark is fallin'
And the shadows creep
then they comes on tiptoe
to kiss her in her sleep

Sweetest little baby
everybody knows.
Don't know what to call her,
but she's mighty like a rose.

Thodgson said...

We are still praying!! Love to all from Mike Tina and Lilbit!

Anonymous said...

still praying!

Melissa said...

Both Tricia and Gwyneth are in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I don't know you, but isn't it a profound thing to serve a God that burdens your heart for complete strangers? You are all in my prayers today.

em said...

my sister-in-law from FL sent me a link to your blogs. we are praying for your family in asheville, nc!

in jesus' mighty love,
emily & joshua smoyer

Momnnashville said...

Hi Nate - Another newbie on board -- from Asher's CB Site and his Auntie Laura's wonderful ministry. Your girls have captured my heart and my prayers are with all of you and the medical teams tending them.

Anonymous said...

Healing Prayers are going way up for Trica & Gwyneth, and Prayers for strength are going up for you Nate.

May God keep them close and heal them every hour, of every day.

You are an incredible husband, father and man.

Sending healing vibes your family's way.... ((((((((()))))))))

Laurie in Ca. said...

Praying for you without ceasing for Tricia to respond perfectly and be awakened so that you can tell her all about her daughter and for Gwyneth to continue to thrive wonderfully. For you too Dad, for peace in your heart.

Love, Laurie in Ca.

Jesse said...

You and Tricia are some of the strongest people "I know."

Praying that she jumps this hurdle with flying colors.

Anonymous said...

I live in Durham very close to Duke. Is there anything that you or your family need during this time? Food maybe? Anything? I really mean it. I can be reached at

My prayers are with you, Tricia, Gwen and all your family.

Anonymous said...

Praying, praying, praying!

Jenn said...

I am praying continually for you and your family, Tricia and baby Gwyneth.
With much Love,

Anonymous said...

Your entire family are in my prayers. May He keep His hand upon you. I am truly amazed by your faith and how God is working in your heart and your life. What an inspiration you all are to me. May you be blessed.