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Quick Update: Wednesday, February 12, 2003 @ 2:00 am

Hi Everyone,

This is going to be a very short update as I really need to get some sleep!

Alex was released from the hospital on Monday and is doing well. She's still on two IV antibiotics and three oral antibiotics, but she should be off the majority of them in a couple more days.

Nick weighed 5 pounds, 2 ounces yesterday and it looks like he might be coming home early next week! Amazing to think that we might have both of our kids out of the hospital at the same time!

I'll try to post another update with some photos later this week. Thanks again for over four years of love, prayers and support. Take care.

-- Todd



Quick Update:
Saturday
, February 8, 2003 @ 2:30 am

Hi Everyone,

Alex is doing much better than earlier this week. She hasn't had a fever in 24 hours and her ANC has risen to 180. Soon her immune system should be strong enough to help fight the Strep infection. With any luck we'll be out of the hospital sometime next week, as long as there are no setbacks.

Nicholas continues to do great. He now weighs 4 pounds, 14.4 ounces and is adapting very well to bottle feedings. I finally got down to Tacoma General to see him today for the first time in six days and it amazed me how much he's grown in that time. Andrea goes to see him every day and even she's amazed at how fast he's growing. If he had gone to term he probably would have been around 10-11 pounds, which probably wouldn't have been a lot of fun for Andrea. Then again, going through what we did definitely wasn't fun!

Well it's time to wrap it up and get some sleep. Thanks again for over four years of love, prayers and support. Take care.

-- Todd



Quick Update:
Thursday
, February 6, 2003 @ 12:30 am

Hi Everyone,

Alex is on oxygen (via two blowbys) and for the moment her oxygen saturations are stable. The doctors are still concerned that her lungs may get worse, and if that happens she may get too weak to compensate for her reduced lung capacity. The good news is that if she continues to be stable, we should be able to avoid a stay in the PICU.

I'll try to post more later today from the hospital. Thanks again for over four years of love, prayers and support. Take care.

-- Todd


Quick Update: Wednesday, February 5, 2003

Hi Everyone,

The Strep infection has infiltrated Alex's lungs. For the moment she is doing so-so (blood pressure normal; temp still high), but the next 24-48 hours are critical for her. If she takes a turn for the worse there is a good chance she'll be moved to the PICU and put on a respirator.

I'll try to post from the hospital later tonight. Hopefully it will be good news.

Thanks again for over four years of love, prayers and support. Take care.

-- Todd



Quick Update:
Monday
, February 3, 2003

Hi Everyone,

The blood cultures have confirmed that Alex has a serious Strep infection. Right now her blood pressure is low, her temperature is high and her kidneys are not working 100%. If things get any worse she may need to be transferred to the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) tonight. Both Andrea and I will be staying with her tonight.

Thanks again for over four years of love, prayers and support. Take care.

-- Todd


Quick Update: Sunday, February 2, 2003

Hi Everyone,

Alex Holding Her Baby Brother for the First Time!Alex went in-patient at Children's Seattle tonight with a high fever and was immediately started on IV antibiotics. Since she is neutropenic she'll remain in the hospital for at least 2-3 days, if not longer. Andrea is staying with her tonight and we'll alternate nights until she's released from the hospital.

We still don't have final confirmation that Alex's transplant will take place here in Seattle, but so far things are looking good. If things work out we'll probably start preparation for transplant later this month.

Nicholas continues to do fantastic. He is now 4 pounds 8.4 ounces and has started bottle feeding, which is a major step. He's still a few weeks away from being released, but so far he is doing amazingly well. He even had his first real bath last week. Andrea has been spending almost every day over in the nursery holding him and that has really helped him along.

It's past 3 am, so I'm going to keep this update short. Thanks again for over four years of love, prayers and support. Take care.

-- Todd

He's Smiling!    After His Bath!

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