getting ready for home

After I slept for almost eleven hours last night, I had a wonderful morning with two sweet friends, Julie and Lisa, then went to lunch with my sister and niece.  It’s been a much needed, very nice day so far.  Both the boys are having sleepovers at friends’ houses tonight so it’s going to be a girls’ night out for Sidney and me.  I’m excited to spend some one on one time with her.  Travis has been working with home health today getting things lined up for Ryan to come home tomorrow.  From my understanding, Ryan will be hooked up to the feeding pump several times a day for 3 hours each time for a couple months. Before his brain surgery and ileus, he was getting three cans of formula a day through his g-tube but we did it to gravity so it took just a matter of minutes to put it all in his stomach.  He isn’t able to handle that much volume right now so we have to change our plans.  I don’t have all the specifics but we will have a meeting tomorrow afternoon with the home health nurse so we know exactly what we are doing.  They did another abdominal xray this morning and Travis hasn’t heard anything on that yet.  If all goes well, I will head to Omaha after Sidney’s volleyball tournament so Travis and I can do the meeting then bring our little boy home.  The good news is that he should be off the IV TPN today so we won’t have to worry about that.  There are still some outstanding labs we haven’t heard back on but overall, Ryan is much better than he was a week ago when he went in.  He still hasn’t pooped and we aren’t even sure his large intestine is functioning yet but they are hoping to work on that today and  he is tolerating the formula they’ve been giving him for the past few days.

Travis and I are doing OK otherwise.  This is not an ideal situation by any stretch but we have been so blessed this week by the generosity of others and are humbled beyond words.  We know God has a reason for his timing and that all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.  We simply don’t understand it.  Please continue to pray for Travis as he starts the job search again.  We believe God will meet every one of our needs; he knows what they are.  Thank you just doesn’t seem like enough to tell you all how much we value your friendship, prayers and support. 

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