But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Brochopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)

Quick note from me, "Oops Lady," with hopefully minimal mistakes. :)

Today I found out that 4 of our 5 kiddos actually have BPD. I thought only Seth did. But Will, Marcie and Grace also have some scarring in their lungs and still need oxygen. Will and Marcie usually only need a tiny bit; Grace tends to need more, not surprising given how tiny she was/is and that she was the last baby out of the womb and needed ventilator support in her early weeks.

Which brings me to the flu shot. . . why are we requiring volunteers to get it? (After all, beggars can't be choosers, right?) :) I guess you already know the short answer: Because the influenza virus, which affects the respiratory system, could very easily kill our babies. We just can't risk it especially as people are contagious 1-4 days BEFORE having any symptoms. Even scarier: some people are carriers and never have symptoms yet can give it to others, so your strong immune system may not be protective for our kids. It is contagious from up to 6 feet away, spread by coughing, sneezing and even talking, plus of course direct contact and sometimes surfaces.

Which brings me to the main point of this post: In the very near future we will need many volunteers to help with baby/family care. (Please, please, please!) If you have previously expressed interest in helping, you should have received an email from Stacey Walter outlining a basic description of the volunteer shifts as well as outlined the health requirements to work with the babies.  If you  have not received that email, please send Stacey an email at jonesquints@yahoo.com.  Once you have responded to her regarding the health requirements, you will be able to see the available shifts to sign up for baby/family care.  

And once again, we cannot thank you enough for all you are doing! And most of all, thanks for praying. :)

Gratefully in Christ,

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

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

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