Family and Friends,
The last few days have been a whirlwind of emotions, hospital rooms, IVs, contractions and much more. I’ve received quite a few emails or messages asking for updates about what happened and what’s going on – so concisely, here is a snapshot of what happened over the last few days.
Sunday morning, very early Sunday morning, Sherry started having contractions and couldn’t get them to stop. Around 3Am she was checked into UNM Hospital they did the normal ultrasounds scans and tests. Her contractions slowed down and they released her mid-morning. We spent most of the day resting and after the kid’s naps we headed out to make the father’s day rounds. Right as we got home Sherry ran to the bathroom, because she thought her water broke. It ended up being blood, and a lot of it. We rushed over to the hospital where they took us in right away , then moved her to labor and delivery. The nurse was certain her water had broken . So they immediately gave Sherry as steroid shot to help strengthen the lungs of baby Declan, she is only 30 weeks. The night was filled with a lot of monitoring, beeping, poking and doctors. The goal was to make it 24 hours so she could get 1 more shot for Declan’s lungs. The next day was filled with more doctors and tests. I have to say we have the best doctors available, and we are so thankful! Sherry continued to bleed and have contractions, but they said that neither Declan or her were in a position where the c-section made sense (in those moments) they wanted to give him as much time in the womb as possible. The last few days has been filled with much of the same. Yesterday, we found out that it was her placenta that tore, a partial rupture so that’s where all the bleeding has been coming from. We also found out that she lost about 1/3 her blood count, so last night they did 2 blood transfusions.
The plan is to take it minute by minute and trust the Lord. Sherry may be there for weeks, or days – we’re still unsure. They need to get all bleeding to stop and make sure that Declan doesn’t have anymore deceleration of his heart rate.
You’re probably thinking, “ok, what can I do” – we appreciate that… right now it’s pray. Pray that - first, the gospel prevails (that even in trials the good news of Jesus is proclaimed – what better time?), second that Grace abounds – it’s by God’s grace that we are alive and that truth resonates a bit more within me over the last few days, we are in humble dependence upon it! And lastly for rest for my wife and our family. We are ALL tired, the kids are having a tough time without their mommy and I miss sleeping next to my wife – rest would be good for us.
We will try to keep you posted as things progress, and thank you for the love, flowers, food, last second babysitting and much more.
I’ll leave you with this song that is on repeat in my mind right now – listen, rejoice for great is the Lord and greatly to be praised.
The story of the song – must watch: