This is the blog for Gavin and Carrie Jones and family. We live in Papua New Guinea and are working to see lives transformed by the living Word of God through Bible translation. Gavin is a helicopter pilot. Carrie, who has her degree in Public Health, is the lab supervisor and one of five lab techs at our busy rural clinic. Our son, Isaac, was born in 2004 and our quintuplets, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, and Grace, were born in 2012.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. The you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 3:3-6

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Many praises; a few more requests

We praise God that Seth is already better this morning! The pulmonary interstitial emphysema is already much improved. The neonatologist/Director of the NICU showed us the progression from bad to a bit better to much better on the lung x-rays they took yesterday, last night and this morning. Seth is needing more pressure on the oscillating ventilator, but less oxygen. He still needs lots of prayers, of course, that this would resolve completely, that he would start making his own surfactant (the fluid that allows for air exchange and inflation of the alveoli) - that all the babies would, actually, as the 4 smaller ones have already maxed out the dosage of the surfactant they can receive from the NICU. The neonatologist said they should start making their own sometime between today and maybe 5 days from now. We certainly pray so and deeply appreciate your joining us in that request.

Another exciting development Seth-wise is that he is now receiving my milk, too, and David, Marcie, and Will are getting double the number of feeds they were getting - every three hours now instead of every six. Gracie can't be fed by tube until she's off the medication to close her patent ductus arteriosis (PDA). She receives her last dose tonight, will start getting milk tomorrow, and will be re-scanned to see if the medication was enough to close the flap or not. If not, she'll be restarted on the medication. She can have three rounds of three doses before she needs to have surgery.

The neonatologist is wondering if Seth's lung issues may be due to  his PDA worsening, so will probably order another scan tomorrow or the next day to see if it's enlarged and needing treatment.

The other big prayer request for today is that the nurse practitioner be able to get the PICC lines in through their legs. I would love it if they can avoid having surgery to put in "broviacs" for medication and food delivery. Will still doesn't need a PICC line, thank God.

Grace got to get off her blood pressure medication entirely and is no longer receiving oxygen, although is still on the ventilator. Marcie, too, is off the oxygen and requiring less support from her CPAP to help her breath. David is requiring slightly more support that previously, but is getting only a tiny bit of oxygen.

Will continues to thrive and sleep. :)

Official lengths: Will - 15.5 inches, David - 15.3 inches, Seth - 14.25 inches, Marcie - 14.15 inches, Gracie - 12.5 inches long.

THANK YOU FOR PRAYING and for continuing to do so!

Love and gratitude,
Carrie (heading for a nap)


  1. Still praying! I watch eagerly for your updates and am loving all the details! Lynee called me to have me explain some of what is going on and what all they are attached to! Praise God for modern medicine! Praying they feel His hands on them there in their little beds!


  2. Made copys of the babies to take to S.S. this morning to show off. I put them on the prayer sheet for today. It is so great the prayer support the babies have. I heard from Ruth Powell from the note I sent her. She looked you up.

  3. That's great news...Jeff and I prayed for you all at lunch today. Many others are praying here too. We'll keep praying and look forward to more updates and how we can pray as the days go on. Blessings, Mary Beth and Jeff Johnson in Waxhaw

  4. Praying and sharing with my praying friends. Thanks so much for keeping us updated. Love to you and your family. Virginia for the Guyton James family


Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! We accidentally had them disabled until April 16, 2019, so feel free to try again. :)

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Blog Archive