Update – 1/26/2007

Hannah had another good check-up with her cardiologist today! She now weighs 13 pounds, 10 ounces, so she gained another 9 ounces since last week. This is almost the size that she was before she got sick. We are so thankful that she is hungry, eating well, and getting chunky again! The ultrasound that they did today looked the same as it did 2 weeks ago. Her shortening fractions were still measured between 9 and 13%. While we were hoping to see more progress, we know that it just takes time for the heart to heal and regain function. (It could take up to 2 years, according to the doctors.) The good thing is that since we had decreased one medication and stopped another, she remained stable and has been able to handle those changes. So that same medication was decreased again today, and she will be off of it by the end of next week. The other 6 medications that she’s taking will remain the same for quite a while. But 6 is certainly better than 10, so we are making slow progress. We have an appointment with her cardiologist from Ochsner in New Orleans next Thursday at 3:30, and we will see her BR cardiologist in two more weeks. We continue to pray that her heart will heal over time but thank God that she feels good and is doing so well at home. Praise God for our little “rolling” miracle! (She’ll be a walking miracle in a few months!)

On a side note…please pray for my wrist to heal! I (Lori) have somehow managed to develop “De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis.” Basically, the tendons located on the thumb side of my right wrist are inflamed and irritated, causing a lot of pain. This Thursday I went to the doctor and they put a splint on my wrist. So now I can’t bend it at all! This has made life at home very interesting. I’m on a few medications, so hopefully it will clear up soon. Hannah really requires two arms and two hands! Just another bump in the road, though. Things could always be worse! What does God’s word say…

“Do everything without complaining or arguing.” Philippians 2:14

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Philippians 4:11

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in ALL circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18

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