Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Treading Water

Hey folks this is Rob.
Thank you all for the great show of support and concern. It really does make it easier knowing that there are so many great and generous people that care about about some lousy railroaders kid. We love the comments, texts, voicemails and visits.
Quick update.
Charlie is still, whithout doubt, up "Sh!# Creek" and we are desperatly looking for a paddle. But by damn this kid can swim. He continues to amaze us every hour. His condition is still "Critical but stable." Our biggest hope is that he's not getting worse and in most cases that are as severe as Charlie's kids are a little further south. Today is a big day for the little man. He'll have an MRI around noon that will give the doc's a better picture of what damage has been done to his thinker and also show if there are any pockets of infection that the atibiotics aren't reaching. Their a bit concerned about that because his "Posturing" (clinching fists, pointing toes, straight arms) is getting stiffer/severe. Nueronal posturing is one of the signs that you've got a pissed of central nervous system. So we're nervous about that just because the after effects of menegitis can be so severe. We are also hopeful, and my new motto is to remain "Cautiously optomistic", that because of all the faith, prayers, and fasting we'll have good news. On a brighter note, the mood of the physicians is changing. Doc's are, for the first, time talking about what they are going to do in two or three days not just right now and hope it works.
Primary Childrens has been a sanctuary and if you have a sick kid, come one come all, and if you come in a ambulance you don't have to wait in the e.r. waiting room. The staff is unbelieveable. Dr. Russel Osgathorpe has become our anchor, he is the Infectious Disease guy and our new best friend. He coined the phrase "Cautiously Optomistic" and made the comment about the severity of Charlie's Gramm stain. Dr. Ventre (or as I call her "Drill Seargent Ventre") is a phenomenal advocate and the kind of Doc you want on your side. Charlies nurses; Sarah, Megan, Sydney and Parker are a different breed. In getting to know them I've realized that if your a RN and you even remotely suck you won't ever work in the Primary Children's PICU. They are all so compasionate, informative and assuring. But I want to thank you all the most. For your prayers and encouragement, we need it and more importantly Charlie needs it. Meg and Suz, thanks for maintaining this blog, it's a lifesaver. Angel and I love you all.

7 comments:

Peterson Fam said...

Hey Rob, Ang~ I just want you guys to know Zak, Kit and I are praying for your sweet little Charlie. I love you guys so much and wish there was more I could do than fast and pray. Thank you for keeping the updates current, I am constantly thinking about his progress. Love you guys our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love~Loni

seanteyatroy said...

Hey Rob and Ang....I am volunteering myself and my hubby to come and help at your house...Sean is excellent at finish work and as soon as 'his homework' is done, he will be there and ready to help any way he can...me too. We are still praying and thinking about you guys....Love you tons!! Hang in there. A quote from Pres. Hinkley "For I too believe that God will always make a way, even when there appears to be no way."

chili said...

Remember my friend/brother 4th and 18 seemed to be s#it creek as well. And we all remember how that worked for you. The only difference is that in this situation God truely does care about the outcome!!! I pray to him constantly that his outcome perfectly coincides with my outcome! Thanks to this blog Ute sports sites are only getting 2 of their usual three hits every 15 minutes!!!

Anonymous said...

Angel, It is so hard to be so far away!! I truly wish I could be there to give my love and support in person. (These horrible Wyoming Winters!!) Just know that we love you and Charlie, Rob and Britt. Hope and Tristan have a present for little Charlie that they are making. I wish we could do more....
Love, Stef

Kara said...

Hi Angel and Rob--

I heard the news about Charlie this morning at work and want you all to know that my family will pray for his full recovery. We have seen miracles first hand and have faith that God can heal! Know that we are thinking of you often over here at the office, too.

Merianne said...

You guys, I am so sorry to hear this awful news. My prayers will be with Charlie and your family. Keep your chins high and know that the Lord will be with you.

erin said...

I love my family!!!! Everytime I think about the love and faith you all show I am truly amazed. I was very honored to be part of such a fabulous fast yesterday. I am in awe at the support I have seen over the last 3 days. We may be "the Clampitt's" but I wouldn't trade it for anything! I love you all... get better sweet Charlie Cooper:)