Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Bennett in hospital :(
Sorry it has taken me so long to blog about our joyous homecoming but my life has been anything but normal since arriving back in America.
I took Bennett to see his pediatrician on Thursday for a routine check up, I wanted him to been seen by his own doctor so we could establish a baseline. All seemed well, she thought he was a healthy handsome boy.
On Friday morning she called and said after reviewing his records from Uganda she felt as though they had treated the symptoms for congenital syphilis but had not treated the disease. She wanted him admitted right away to Children's hospital in Dallas.
We spent the first couple of days with one test after another being ran. They took more blood from him than I thought one human body could hold, did a lumbar puncture to check for traces in his spinal fluid, a number of x-rays were taken and the end result was syphilis was still present.
On Sunday evening they started IV penicillin, the treatment will last for ten days. So once again I am away from home and away from my children. Though it may sound like I'm complaining I'm not. I am grateful to God for such a wonderful doctor who took the time to read the almost unreadable medical charts and make the right call. But I would be lying if I said I was not disappointed at being away from Colt, Haley and Hannah again.
Bennett is doing well, he has received the best care possible. They have determined though he still has syphilis the high numbers are probably from the antibodies he received from his birth mother. Speaking of Monica, please keep her in your prayers as well. We are trying to figure out how we can get her retested and help her receive the proper treatment she needs.
Bennett is growing like a weed and is starting to recognize faces, the kids came to the hospital last night to see him and his eyes just lit up. He entertained them for well over an hour. He has learned how to scream with a huge smile on his face and then watch the crowd roar with laughter.
We have had several doctors and nurses not assigned to him stop by the room to meet the infamous Bennett. He has such a sweet spirit that attracts people. I had one young girl stop me in the hall and ask if she could take a picture of him with her cell phone. God has a plan for this baby.
Glenda has been a life saver, she jumped right back into the mode of caring for my family....bless her I know she is tired and ready to "Just" be Nanny again. Breanna came to the hospital today so I could come home see my family and rest. Angie, after a full days work came to spend the night with him so I could sleep through the night. Mom has been sick so she is feeling a little left out at the moment, she has only been able to spend a few hours with him since he has been home....don't worry mom your time is coming.
I have the most amazing family in the world, Bennett has no idea how blessed he is.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers and pray Bennett gets to come home soon. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and boy do I have alot to be thankful for this year.
Will post again as we receive more info.