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

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Landmark day: Last pulmonology appointment, D.V.!

Dear friends and family,

How amazing, how miraculous to report that Lord willing today was Seth's last pulmonology check-up! His lungs sounded really good, his oxygen saturations were good, and he was all over the office like a healthy, normal boy. He kept climbing up into the doctor's lap or my lap, barking like a dog at the dog pictures on one tongue depressor, saying "ball!" over and over again to the ball pictures on the other tongue depressor, and finding little hidey-holes to sit down with  both tongue depressors and just look at them with joy. He is SUCH a cute little boy! The doctor asked if we could just let him have him. He said he needs a little boy. :)

The doc also said again that it's just amazing that none of our kids have any lasting problems, and that only Seth needs any kind of medication (his one antacid and his inhalers as needed). He said, "He's really come a long way, hasn't he? I really think he's going to be okay." When I asked him to clarify what "okay" meant, he said it meant Seth likely won't have any longterm issues at all, including asthma. That is certainly our prayer, especially living at 5000 feet during the grass burning time of year when the air can get very smokey and dusty. We appreciate those of you who have been praying for Seth, and we would love it if you would keep humbly asking God for complete lung health on Seth's behalf.

Oh, the fact that Seth is recovering from this most recent cold and has had two other colds since his last appointment with no adverse affects at all is extremely positive and encouraging!! Praise God. This is just such an enormous, important answer to very concentrated prayer from many, many people. We are grateful beyond words.

One other big prayer request, the one concern the doctor expressed, was that Seth is still not gaining weight like he should. He's gained a pound since our last visit, but that's slower than he should be gaining. His height curve is great, as usual, but his weight curve has leveled out too much when it really should be going up more. Please pray for wisdom on how and what to feed him. He eats a LOT and is very happy and eager to eat, so it's more a matter of what we can do to pack in the fat and calories along with the nutrients. We need to be careful not to give him empty-calorie snacks because he needs to eat nutritious fattening meals. He doesn't like PediaSure or Boost or even Carnation Instant Breakfast, so that's a bummer.

Okay, gotta head to bed. Love and gratitude!!

Not a great picture of Seth, but Gracie is a cutie and Gavin is the handsomest man alive!

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

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

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