Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Nineteen Weeks & Still Going Strong...


July is already here! Where has the time gone? There are moments when it seems only yesterday we were heading out to Chapel Hill to meet our sweet boy for the first time. And then in a blink, he's growing before our very eyes at four & a half months old. We now understand what mom meant when she told us "you kids just grew up so fast!" It seems each day flies by quicker than the last. Our little boy certainly keeps us busy!

We are so blessed to have this precious little boy in our lives. What a relief to have a good report from the pediatrician last Friday. The staph infection has responded well to the IM antibiotic injections, so we've been able to transition Isaac to oral (Gtube) antibiotics instead. Thank goodness! His poor little thighs were getting so tough & sore from the daily muscle shots. He's very brave, rarely crying when getting his shots.

As you know, Isaac's heart has to work twice as hard as a normal heart would. Because of this, his growth has slowed as he requires more calories to support his heart's workload. We're working to find the right balance in his caloric intake without giving him fluid overload as well. So please pray for him in this - that his body would continue to thrive & grow.

Today we trek out to Chapel Hill for a visit with the pulmonologist (basically checking everything from a respiratory standpoint). It will be good to see the familiar faces at UNC & hopefully get the green light that everything continues to go well with Isaac. With each day, I realize we're just one day closer to his next surgery. Our appointment with his cardiologist on the 26th will give us a better understanding on when that will be. Much lies ahead for our precious little boy. Our prayer today is for a good report from his pulmonologist.

Thank you all for your support & prayers for us as we've transitioned home, as well as patience between posts. Isaac's doing well, grows more handsome each day (which means he looks more like his daddy each day), & continues to teach us to trust God with what's most precious to us. Now, its off to UNC!

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

He is such a handsome little guy! I pray God will answer all your prayers with good reports from his doctors. He will grow up so very fast.

Anonymous said...

Best of luck with your lil one my prayers continue to be with you all

Staci,
Yonkers NY

Donna said...

I was excited to see an updated posting today. I am glad to see that Baby Isaac and his Mom and Dad are doing well. Thoughts and prayers continue you go out to you and your family. Isaac is such a sweet and precious boy. Take care.

Julie Miles said...

So glad to hear things are going well for you three! What a brave and handsome little boy you have! Only one more month till we head to UNC for the birth of our son, and get ready for his first heart surgery. You're still in our prayers.

Julie

Anonymous said...

WOW! It's so great to hear that Isaac is doing good. We will continue to pray for you all.

Thank you for taking the time to update us on his progress.

God Bless You!
Sam & Dianett

Anonymous said...

i love the ending picture...its a beautiful family picture, i dont think we have seen to many of all 3 of you guys...so this ones very nice to see =]

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update! So great to see you all are doing well. Be encouraged that you 3 remain in our prayers daily. My 3 year old and I pray for Isaac every night at bedtime. We know you still have a very long road to travel but thankfully our Father walks ahead so He knows the way, He walks along side to show the way, and He walks behind to guard our way...Paience, so wonderful to hear you sing last weekend at C3.

Anonymous said...

I'll be praying today that Isaac gets a good report from the doctors. I love the pictures on there. Take Care!!

Alli Tiner

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jesus!
Love,
Claudette

Anonymous said...

WOW what a beautiful family.. I will continue to pray for that strong little angel.

Sloan family said...

How awesome to see Isaac at home! He is a beautiful baby and you make a beautiful family. You remain in our prayers!

Jane-Jane said...

always in my prayers... thanks for the update.

Gina Witcher / Runnermom4 said...

I was just thinking about Isaac last night and really what God did about 15 or 16 weeks ago. I really was in awe again thinking through where Isaac was and what God did. So it was great to get an update today and for everything to be going so well. My kids, especially Austin, continues to pray every day that Isaac will "get the tubes out of his throat and be able to breath on his own."

We will be praying for you guys today as you visit the pulmonologist. I was just telling the kids today at lunch, after Austin prayed for him, that Isaac would be going back soon for another surgery and then attempted to explain what they were going to do... that didn't go very far... but we prayed that God would make him strong enough to handle the surgery.

I was so sad that I didn't get to hear you sing this past weekend. Things are really reving up with our ministry, and we may be gone alot more late summer and fall.
So I will definitely keep up with you guys through the blog.

By the way, how did the frozen zuchinni and steak turn out? (please be honest) I have never frozen that zuchinni dish before, but it is great fresh.

You all are in our prayers continually. We love you guys!

The Witchers
Gina (Ken, Levi, Austin, Phelicia, and Caelan)

Anonymous said...

He is sooo beautiful, as are his extraordinary parents. Thanks for the update...many prayers from our house to yours

Mel Aben

Aubrey said...

I am so glad to see your sweet faces all smiling together! Praying for you and your little man all the time.

lumary said...

He may look like daddy, but he sure does have mommy's eyes!

Anonymous said...

What wonderful pictures of a precious precious family. We are praying for GREAT reports from all the doctors and that Isaac continues to grow big and strong like his Daddy. Don't you worry about your time between posts...you are VERY BUSY and to us, no news is GOOD news :)
Your Mom is right ( as moms usually are..sorry) ...they grow up fast ...savor everyday, every month and every year!
Prayers, hugs and love,
BB

Anonymous said...

i am so glad that you and issac is home and alive. you have been brave parents and i am praying for you every night. have A good life you parents and issac

Anonymous said...

What a great update, we're thinking of you as you travel and receive results today..... our thoughts and prayers continue daily for all three of you - Patience, your singing on Sunday REALLY touched me.... to hear and see your faith in person again, especially with all your family has been through in the last few months... is truly amazing. Thank you for showing us your faith daily. Sharon and Jimmy Jackson

Anonymous said...

I cried like a baby when you sang on Sunday. but I felt the holy spirit thru your voice and it touched my heart again and reconnected me to God thank you.

The Figs said...

thanks for the update & thanks for delighting us this past week-end w/your voice. we've got jordan every week-end :-)

i'm glad the phone messages helped. it was really God's work b/c He'd remind me of you, jordan, isaac & your family and i would be like "ok, God. i'll call."

we love you lots!!!!!
:-) the figs

Nikki said...

He looks just like his daddy and mommy. You can see a little of both of you in him. I am so gland he's doing well. I'll continue to pray for you all. Nikki

Anonymous said...

We are all still here with you and your family, praying for Isaac everyday. I know God will continue to raise him up to be strong and faithful like you both have stayed through this journey.
Patience, it is so good to have your voice back at C3. You make me cry everytime I hear you sing.
We are blessed to have you in our lives.
The Trueloves

Laura said...

Continued blessings to your family

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful surprise it was to log on to a great update. Glad to hear that the Leino family is doing so well. The pictures are wonderful too!!!!!!!! I will continue to pray for great reports from the doctors, and continued success and growth for Isaac. God bless all 3 of you.
Pam
Chesapeake, Va.

Anonymous said...

Patience, Hi this is Debra Wyatt @c3 I got to give you a god hug at church a couple of sat's. ago.It was wonderful to finally meet the woman whose strengh, courage, and FAITH has been such an inspriation to me I hope your sweet little boy also gets to know how steadfast to the word of God His mommy was never giving up the truth she knew about the Lord that she serves............ That he is a big God.Always faithful.

Pete, Alison and Charlie said...

So glad to hear that Isaac's doing well, and hoping all went well with the pulmonologist. I know that Isaac's stage two surgery will be looming large in your minds (as Charlie's stage three is in ours!) and we will continue to remember all three of you and hope that Isaac continues to thrive and grow so well. Keep up the good work, little man!
With love,
Alison, Pete and Charlie xxx
http://charlieturner.blogspot.com

jkolsen said...

I love that I can log on and see how well you are doing since you left UNC. I have been thinking about you three and see that you are doing just great!

Jen Olsen

meercat96 said...

Great to hear that Isaac is doing so well. Being home is like medicine in and of itself! Hope you're resting well, "mom" and "dad." :-) Please let us know if there's anything we can do to help...we're here for you.

Hugs to you three,

Mike, Mir and Merrit Haynes

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

A beautiful family.