Saturday, June 23, 2012

Zane Update

We haven’t posted any updates on Zane for a while because, well, we don’t really know what to say. He’s certainly not any worse. And he just might be a little better. Maybe cured. Who knows.

So when we last talked... Zane had just gone three days without fever, starting day three of ceftriaxone. Then after EIGHT days of IV ceftriaxone at 100mg/kg/day (twice the dose than that for pneumonia), he had a fever of 100.5. Then 100.4 the next day. We completed ten days of IV ceftriaxone 100mg/kg/day on June 2.

He’s been anywhere between 99.3 and 100.3 since then. But no official fever. We had said that if he hit 100.5 after ceftriaxone, we’d draw a CBC with diff, malaria smear and stool study. If that was negative and our doctors in the US (whom we love!!!) told us to come home, we’d be on the next flight out, all of us together as a family this time. We figured we’d just make our family vacation Zane’s medical work-up. (As if there’s anything they haven’t already tested!)

But all-in-all, he’s less fussy and eating better. He’s even reaching his milestones. On Father’s Day, he took at least a half dozen baby steps in a row, covering at least six inches of horizontal distance in the process. Very impressive! And his vocabulary has stretched to things like Mama, Ball, Catch. But still no reliable Dada. How is it that my son can quite distinctly say Banana, but not Dada?

Anyway, we’re celebrating his first birthday on Monday. All are invited!!!

Thank you for prayers prayed. Please continue your prayers for him, as well as Lyol.

Because of his relatively stable health, we’re tentatively scheduling our annual leave for October 27 to December 26. We’d love to see you!

Incidentally, we’re putting up official calls on Adventist Volunteer Services for
1.  Anesthesiologist or Nurse Anesthetist
2.  Midwife
3.  Physical Therapist
4.  Dietician/Nutritionist
5.  Nursing Professor
6.  Pathologist
7.  Electrical Engineer

If you or somebody you know might be interested, email us!

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  1. So glad to hear this update on Zane. Blessings to you all.

  2. I wish I had read that Zane is in perfect health and all worries are over. But this is pretty good news, all in all. I have been praying for your family and will continue to do so! Holly Jessen

  3. So happy to hear this update. I'd been waiting for a long time. Glad things are mostly normal! -Nelly

  4. Paula Horn MitchellJuly 2, 2012 at 3:50 AM

    Glad to hear that Zane is doing so well. I'll continue to pray for him and you all. I was hoping to see speech-language pathologist, airplane/helicopter mechanic/pilot and a 4 fourth grader on your list :). May God continue to bless your family and your ministry.