It is hard to be selfish in NICU. Yes, you are highly focused on the health and improvement of your child, but you can’t miss the tears flowing from the faces of other parents all around you. You can’t ignore the sobs of mothers and the groans of fathers listening to the doctor give them a grim prognosis. You can’t forget the images of bodies huddled over an incubator, begging God to hear their prayers and heal their little gift. The NICU unit can be a somber place. It is a place of extreme joy and extreme grief; however, it is also a place of extreme empathy. Each family knows how the other families feel. We all must traverse the tight-rope that dangles treacherously between hope and tragedy. And that rope ties us to one another.
I have had an opportunity to meet a few of these families–all of us placing our hope in a higher power to sustain our little ones, while gazing longingly at the ventilators that breathe for our precious treasures. There is baby Wren who is battling a collapsed lung. There is baby Tiffany who cannot regulate her temperature. There is baby Nicholi who is experiencing breathing and bleeding complications. And then there is baby Bryson who we lost this morning. Each of us have a large hole in our heart. Each family is searching for answers. Each family is praying for a miracle.
These are Jesher’s neighbors. And I have felt an overwhelming level of compassion towards their predicaments. I have asked for the same phenomenon that took place in Luke 5:17 to overtake the entire NICU ward: “And the power of the Lord was in the place to heal.” I am not only asking the Lord to heal my son; I want the Lord to heal all of Jesher’s classmates. I want every family represented here to take a healthy child home. So tonight, I am asking that your prayers for Jesher also include Jesher’s neighbors. They need our prayers as well. They need to be visited by a divine helper. They need to be healed too.
Here is an update on Jesher’s condition:
KANGAROO CARE–Lhorraine was able to hold Jesher today! They call this Kangaroo Care. In the literature that they gave us, they outline how important skin-to-skin contact is for the baby’s development. Some benefits include: increased circulation, improved immune health, positive brain development, and positive hormone release. Jesher was able to tolerate one hour of cuddling! It was amazing to watch mom and son bond in such an intimate way. PLEASE PRAY FOR JESHER TO AVOID THE UP & DOWN ROLLER-COASTER THAT IS EXPECTED; PRAY THAT EACH DAY HOLDS FURTHER IMPROVEMENT FOR HIS HEALTH.
SPACESHIP–All of the previous pictures that I have posted have a bluish hue to them. Jesher required light therapy to help him battle the jaundice that was setting into his skin due to high bilirubin levels in his blood. He is off the light therapy! Although I had to tell Jesher the bad news (his incubator no longer looks like a spaceship), ending the light therapy is a major victory on his journey. PLEASE PRAY THAT JESHER NO LONGER NEEDS LIGHT THERAPY FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS TREATMENT.
BRAIN–We are still asking God to breath on Jesher so that his brain bleeding subsides. We are thankful that it is not increasing, but we do need the bleeding to lessen so that his brain development is not encumbered. PLEASE PRAY THAT JESHER’s BRAIN BLEEDING DISAPPEARS ON BOTH THE LEFT AND RIGHT SIDES.
BLOOD–Jesher is still not producing blood platelets on his own. We need this function to kick-into full operation. This allows his blood to clot properly, protecting him from prolonged external bleeding and internal bleeding. PLEASE PRAY THAT THE BLOOD OF JESUS WOULD WORK ON BEHALF OF JESHER’S BLOOD.
Tonight, I am praying that angels would walk up and down the halls of Jesher’s NICU. I pray that they would flap their wings, spreading a healing breeze throughout the NICU ward. I pray that every family here would have a day of testimony and praise on tomorrow. And I pray that Jesher Gabriel dreams of the plans God has for him as he listens to the angels spreading their wings to cover him.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16