Monday, April 13, 2009

I spy...

...a new g-tube. Janneke is doing well. She is not on full formula yet, but she is managing Pedialyte through her g-tube. We look forward to seeing improvement tomorrow, and maybe we can start the conversation about going home. For Janneke to come home, we need her to manage her feeds through the tube. The other issues and concerns will be dealt with later as an out-patient or through home care.

Today, we visited Janneke with Emily and Sophia. They have to take turns seeing her (with one of us) since only two people are permitted bedside. We were struck with how comfortable our older girls are in the NICU. Each baby in the NICU is hooked up to monitors, and when there is a risk with breathing, oxygen levels, IV pump problems etc., alarms go off to alert the staff. We both noticed how our girls don't flinch or even seem to notice the alarms.

Instead they are looking around the NICU with interest, especially when they play the game I Spy with their dad. They eagerly search the room with their eyes, looking for something blue, yellow, or beautiful (when their dad is spying one of his daughters).

Maybe that's how we have to deal with this situation. Rather than focus on the alarms which sometimes falsely indicate a problem, we need to look around us. Rather than focus on the things that seem difficult or overwhelming, we need to search for color, laughter, and beauty.

That takes energy. And we are emotionally tired. But tomorrow is another day, and His mercies and strength are new every morning (Lamentations 3:19-23).

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ralph, Sara and girls,

The fellowship of believers is a wonderful thing. May you find rest and assurance in knowing that many people are praying for you each and every day. We'll pray specifically for your emotional fatigue....

Shalom,
the Schilstra's

Cindy Switzer said...

Just remember to take it one step at a time. I'm thinking about you, and praying for you. Let me know if there's anything you need.

Jacquie said...

What beautiful perspective, even in the midst of weariness. May God continue to uphold you and surprise you each day with gifts of "colour, laughter and beauty." We are praying that you may welcome Janneke home in His perfect timing...

Sincerely,
Jacquie and Kevin DeRaaf
Burlington

Vahrmeyer said...

I just love this post...what a great, positive outlook!
No doubt it takes energy but I am constantly impressed and in awe of your attitude, faith and positive outlook.
Always in our prayers.....
Will, Tammy, Megan, Alyssa and Jacob....