Tuesday, August 24, 2004


Hi everyone. Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments. We are so lucky to have such awesome and caring friends and family! Holland had her surgery this morning around 10:00am and everything went fine. It was a bit better this go around because we knew a little bit about what to expect. Of course, it was still a LONG and stressful wait until the doctor came out to tell us how it went. The surgeon said that she showed improvements in her blood pressure as soon as the surgery was finished. She's been having some other problems, such as high levels of urea and creatinine, and blood in her urine and ET tube. She also had low hemoglobin and hematocrit levels which could be related to another infection so they have started her on antibiotics in case. We've been told that it is possible that some or all of these problems are related to the PDA, but we'll have to see how things progress from here before we will know for sure.

Eden had great blood gases today and they were able to turn down some settings on her ventilator today. She is making excellent progress! They also started her on a dose of caffeine and we're hoping that she will be able to come off the ventilator and try CPAP before the weekend. I got a nice long cuddle with Eden today and we both enjoyed it very much!

Here's a picture from our first double kangaroo session on August 21st. Dad is holding Holland and I am holding Eden.


птица (Ptiza) Odelay said...

Any book deals yet?

Anonymous said...

Great first "family" picture!!!! We love all you guys! Kim, Donnie, Matt, Marion amd Mitch

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys - I am so happy that things are going so well for the girls. We will continue to pray for them and hope the time will pass quickly until you can bring them home.


Anonymous said...

So happy to hear that things went well with the surgery, and that Eden is doing so well! The family picture is awesome. Thanks for all of the updates, I check in daily and it's nice to know how you're all doing. Try to get some rest, and know that we all love you (from coast to coast and beyond!).
Love, Lisa

Anonymous said...

So happy to hear that things went well with the surgery, and that Eden is doing well and cuddling with Mom! Thanks for all of the updates, I check in daily to see how things are going. Try your best to get some rest, and know that you are loved by many, coast to coast and beyond.
Love, Lisa

Anonymous said...

Hey guys. We were so happy to read that Holland came out of the surgery well, we pray she recovers soon and is able to be back with her sister.

Lots of love and prayers.

Charles and Stacey

Anonymous said...

I read about Holland and Eden each day and I'm so thankful for each progressive step they take. We continue to keep all of you in prayer. God bless you. Connie Wilhoite

Anonymous said...

Hey guys:
Glad to see the updates on the girls. :) God is working, I just know it! You make a beautiful family.
Lots of love,

Anonymous said...

Hey family,
Sending you guys lots of love and support! It is so nice to see your family photo. We will continue to pray for you-all. Love, J, L, C, C, & C

Anonymous said...

Billie & John,

Your pictures and journal entries tell a tremendous story of faith, love, hope and courage. Thank you for sharing so much with us. You and your beautiful daughters are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love, Shannon, Brian & Kate Smith

Anonymous said...

Answered Prayer
Life, fragile and small,
these lives are all that truly matter.
Love, enduring and true,
more than I knew I could live for.

Now that you're here and now that I know
My love for you grows
By the minute.
Before you were here the love I could show
Was less than right now
With you in it.

Love, returned from you two, is a love that brand new lights my ways.
Two lives; gentle and free are two lives that will be
The best answered prayer of my days.

Anonymous said...

Hi John and Billie,
Lisa's friend Lisa here. Just wanted to let you know I check out your awesome website everyday to check on you and the twins. You're in our thoughts and prayers and we wish you the best of luck as new parents. Lisa, Mark, Jeremy & Jacob (in Georgia).

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys!
What a cute website!
We're glad to know that Holland's surgery went well and that Eden is doing good.
We miss you!

Love from California,
Katy, Keith, Abby, and Drew