Here's a quick update from Erica: :)
Jimmy and Mary Ann are definitely staying busy with the kids. Jesse is about to start t-ball! Andy is as tough and smart as ever! Suzanna and Sarabeth just turned 5 months old and are growing like little weeds. They're just the most beautiful little girls in the world (no I'm not biased!). They have started eating cereal and some baby food...they are just so much fun! I am so so blessed to be apart of their lives and getting to see those precious children grow. It's amazing!
When Mary Ann gets a chance to really update I'm sure she will! I put a new picture up of the girls and Mary Ann from when we went to the beach. They look just like her to me! :)
Yay!! We are all at home following Sarabeth's discharge before lunch today The Dr said she is not "well" but is making good progress that can continue at home. We are supposed to keep a low profile with her for a couple of weeks so Mary Ann and I are going to trade off attending services so we will see you all in "shifts" but that is better than a longer stay in the hospital. We asked about the spread of RSV and it can be spread the usual ways( sneezing, transfer by hand after wiping a nose etc..) but for adults it just manifests itself as a cold. No worries for the pregnant folks either as the mom to be would also just come down with a cold. Small children and infants are at the biggest risk so we will be avoiding that demographic as much as possible.Bottom-line-We are dealing with a couple of needy babies but holding our own. Thanks for your prayers and generosity. Both are greatly appreciated. I will be going back to work tomorrow but a family friend from Georgia will be heading down Wed evening to help out. Thanks again for your care and concern and most importantly your prayers to our gracious God. He is so good! Love to you all!
**Keep the prayers coming!!!!!!** :)
Jimmy and Mary Ann both called me yesterday and said Sarabeth had to be admitted into the hospital. It was more for precaution because she was having trouble keeping food down and because her O-Sat levels were not staying at 100%. Mary Ann said she felt better knowing that she wouldn't miss anything with SB being in the hospital. Heather and Angie came down yesterday to help and Heather sent out an e-mail this morning saying that last night the doctors were having a hard time getting a reading on her O-Sat levels so they put her on oxygen and also put tubes in her nose to suction out some of the mess that is in her. Mary Ann stayed at the hospital with her last night and Jimmy was on his way up there this morning so he could be there when the dr's came around. I will update more once I hear something on how she is doing.
Please keep the Roberts, esp little Sarabeth in your prayers.
I spoke with Jimmy just a little while ago. He said that they still have SB hooked up to the oxygen, but the dr is very pleased with the progress that she is making. Jimmy said they hope to be able to go home tomorrow, but they aren't sure yet.
Keep the prayers coming!!! :)
Jimmy sent out another e-mail and here's what it had to say:
Like my niece Heather said- thanks to all for your concern. Sarabeth seems to be making progress but is still struggling to keep her O2 level up where it should be without the help of an O2 line. I was really hoping that she could come home tomorrow but that may be wishful thinking. But she sounds a lot better and we thank God for her progress thus far.
Both of the boys seem to be doing much better but Suzanna has some rattle and cough of her own so we are praying that it will not worsen to the point of a need to admit her. I may take her to the Dr's office tomorrow to get checked out just to be on the safe side. I am not going to work tomorrow and my sister and niece are sticking around as well so think we have our bases covered right now. I will let you all know if that changes but due to the RSV being contagious- we are trying to limit our contact to cut down on the spread. This is the first I have heard of RSV but it seems that it is a common illness and that almost all children will get it by age 2. It is just worse in some cases and admission to the hospital can be a common result. As I was telling the Coleman's at the hospital this afternoon- with 4 kids we are resigned to the fact that we will always have somebody under the weather! An exaggeration for sure but it sure feels that way. I may need to put money into a 401H(ospital) instead of 401K with all these Dr's visits and hospital stays!
As I write this- Suzanna is coughing a wet sounding cough so please be praying for a gentler reaction to this RSV stuff than Sarabeth had. I can't stand the thought of bringing one home and admitting the other.
Thanks for your prayers and love- we really appreciate and love you all.
I thought I should get on here and say hi since you are all going to think that Erica will have to post for me from now on. It sort of feels like a bear coming out of hibernation. She has been awesome by the way. If it were not for her and many others JR and I would not have done nearly as well over the past almost 3 months. God has blessed us so much- not only with two precious girls but also with some of the most amazing people ever. Thanks to any of you who may read this post.
Right now I am waiting unil 10 to give Sarabeth a breathing treatment. I took her to the doctor today and she has RSV. It is scary to me to hear her breath so unevenly but hopefully she will be better in a few days. Please keep her (and Jess) in your prayers if you don't mind. He is also sick with a virus. He has a fever but otherwise seems ok. If you have any suggestions or ideas of how to make SB more comfortable please let me know.
I hope this finds you all having a wonderful new year.
Erica again. Just wanted to post a few pictures of the kids!!! :)
They're growing like weeds, especially the girls!!! They're looking more and more alike the bigger they get!!! Everyone is doing well and starting to get more sleep too which I know that Jimmy and Mary Ann are enjoying!! :)
Suzanna on the left and Sarabeth on the right!
Jesse playing football!
Hope you enjoyed! :)
Have a great day!!