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#121 of 206 Old 11-20-2007, 01:00 PM
 
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Hi 2Blue,
You didn't ask, but I know when I feel like poop I can't think of what to do for myself so I thought I'd offer a suggestion cuz I want you to feel like a million bucks really soon!
If you're not...Chug chlorophyll! It's one molecule different than hemoglobin and it's even better than eating dark leafy greans! It's like bottling dark leafy greens as a concentrate, all the good stuff and none of the hassle-like cooking and eating them... can you tell they're not my fave things in the world...?
And if you like eating them and are, AND you can add chlorophyll to the mix, even better! Or and green juice. I love Odwalla brand Superfood, it's a little sweeter and not as "green" tasting as say the Naked brand one. Bolthouse Farms has one I like too.
Anything to help that blood replenish faster! Happy blood building!
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#124 of 206 Old 11-21-2007, 02:55 AM
 
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I have read your posts for a long time. It must be so scary to have Joseph so far away and all the stuff that happened. I really hope he is well and healthy and in your arms soon. My sincere best wishes that everything gets better fast.
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Sending healing vibes to you both!

Welcome to the world, Little Joseph!

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I'm glad he is getting the medical care he needs.
I hope you get strong so you can be there for him.

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I hope you are healing quickly, mama. Any word on Joseph's condition? My child was born at 42+ weeks and had aspirated meconium and spent 10 days in the NICU, so I know how hard this is.
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Oh Blue, I'm pulling for you both! I hope you have him home soon.

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Hi everyone,
We have been on quite a roller coaster of emotions and experiences. I was doing better Tuesday and went to Dallas to the NICU to see Joseph. It has been very hard. They presented us with the fact that they thought our baby was brain damaged and started talking to us about deciding whether or not to withdraw breathing support. I never imagined I would be faced with that choice - I have thought about stillbirth, but I never imagined I would be presented with the idea of deciding if my child lived or died. On Wednesday night he was unresponsive - didn't move, didn't open his eyes, pupils didn't dilate in the light - I thought we were going to have to let him go. But we couldn't come to that hard choice fast enough, and he's started healing and today he is opening his eyes, his pupils dilate and making movements. The prognosis is that he has a 90% chance of having some kind of mental retardation and/or cerebral palsy - they can't tell us what degree of disability he could have long term. But I just love him, and I'm thankful for every new little thing he can do. We're hopeful he will heal and have some decent quality of life. This NICU is really great - everyone has been so respectful and kind - very different from our NICU experience with our last baby. I'm pumping now and getting milk in good - at first I wasn't sure if I should pump, wasn't sure what would be easiest on me emotionally, but the milk came in so good, I was dying, and I decided to just pump, and now I'm glad I did. I'm still scared every time I walk in the door to NICU not knowing what challenges I'll face today, but it's getting easier. Thanks so much for your support and prayers!
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Love and healing. baby Joseph
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I'm so happy Joseph is doing better mama.. Your family will be in my thoughts and in my heart. Sending my love and support!

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I've been thinking about you, hang in there mama. I'm so relieved to hear he is doing better and I hope he continues to do so.
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Thanks so much for the update. You guys have been in my thoughts. I'm glad to hear he's making progress! Hurray! Sendin' lots of love your way.
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Oh wow, what a difficult thing. I'm glad he is making progress, and it is so joyous to read your love for him. Sending good thoughts to all of you.
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Anything I think of to say just seems so inadequate right now. But my prayers are with you.
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thanks for sharing; praying for you and Joseph

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You know, a lot of the time, the doctors 'prognosis' is the worst case scenario. It could be not as bad as they say. Have hope!
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i am holding out hope for you and your family. i wish i had better words of comfort and support. truly, joseph is loved.

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thank you for taking the time to update us.

we are praying for your whole family.

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praying for you both

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Blue, I am in Dallas. If you need ANYTHING please PM me and I can help out. Just a hot meal, even. Let me know.

Praying that he beats all the odds!
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2bluefish, I have been thinking about you and your family. I send you big hugs and healing thoughts.

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Hi 2blue,
A thought came to me out of nowhere...
Have you heard about Kangaroo Care? From what I've read nicu babies heal better and faster when they have skin to skin contact for chunks of time. Here's a link http://www.kangaroomothercare.com/index.htm, there are lots of them and there's even a clothing line!
Here's hoping Joseph is happy and home soon
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All my thoughts are with you and Joseph and the rest of your family

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Thanks everyone, just wanted to let you know we had a good day yesterday. Joseph is off the ventilator and almost all meds, and he can suck a pacifier - he's doing awesome!
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that's great, blue! we had some very dark NICU days during ds' 5 month hospital stay, and i can say from experience that sometimes, NOTHING of what the neonatologists predict comes true.

i hope you have many more encouraging days ahead of you.

thinking of you and joseph with love and support,
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Thanks everyone, just wanted to let you know we had a good day yesterday. Joseph is off the ventilator and almost all meds, and he can suck a pacifier - he's doing awesome!


I've been following your story, and I'm so happy to hear Joseph is doing better! I was a NICU mom, too, so I know how every small achievement is a triumph.
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So glad to hear he's doing better! :
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Thanks everyone, just wanted to let you know we had a good day yesterday. Joseph is off the ventilator and almost all meds, and he can suck a pacifier - he's doing awesome!
I am so glad to see such a positive update today!! I'm definitely keeping you both in my thoughts....

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