06 January, 2010

Wednesday Update.

I woke up relatively relaxed.

Which in and of itself is miraculous
as I'm sure you can imagine.

Just knowing that there were a few improvements
last night. . . albeit small ones. . .
is HUGELY encouraging.

This morning his temperature is down. . .

WITHOUT THAT BLASTED COOLING PAD!!!

It's a complete battle against maternal instincts to see your
TINY BABY
all exposed in an air conditioned hospital room
while simultaneously lying on a refrigerated pad!!

I know it was vital to keep his core temperature down,
but his little extremities were LITERALLY like tiny purple ice cubes.

So grateful to Heavenly Father to have moved past that.
Hoping to stay away for good!

His blood pressure is also looking good this morning!

Last night, his white blood cell count was
down from 109,000 to 20,000!!
(though I haven't been updated today as to the current count)

. . . aaaaaaaaand he's peeing!!!

I never thought I'd be so excited about pee!!

This morning my magical mom said:
"prayer really is the wonder drug."

Boy is she right.

Thank you!!
I love you times a hundred gazillion!

Miracles miracles all around.

Prayin' for pee,

Nat


41 comments:

Brandon and Katie said...

I just stumbled upon your blog through various peoples twitters. I am praying for you and your family. I can't even imagine what you are going through but I know God is good. We are praying for a miracle!

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog through "Simply Me" blog. I'm praying hard for your family.

Anonymous said...

Hello - I found your blog through another photog on Facebook - reposted it on my FB page asking for prayers for you all. Little Gavin weighed on my mind all night -I tossed and turned seeing his little pictures (the ones on our blog) in my mind - and everytime I said another quick prayer. My baby girl is just 9 months now - and we're off to make sure she's up to do on her shots! I'll be thinking of your family all day and for days to come -I hope you all are staying strong! elle zober

sisterlu said...

Praying and praying and praying for you and sweet Gavin, Natalie. My mother-in-law reminds me that God loves our children more than we even know how to. He loves your Gavin. And we're praying.

Jancalligrapher said...

Hi, I am praying for Gavin and have my friends praying in Washington state as well. Sending love and blessings,
Jan in Mililani

lacy rane said...

I cannot even imagine what this nightmare has been like for you, but you and your family and precious little Gavin are in our prayers.

Oliag said...

I check in at DPS on and off and have always enjoyed your photographs and your posts...it was there that I read of your son's struggles...it is good to read that he is having a good day today...My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you struggle through this terrible crisis...may every day get better

Stephanie said...

I found your blog on DPS.

It's absolutely heart wrenching reading your posts. I can't begin to imagine what you're going through.

Bless you and bless little Gavin.

Gibson Gang said...

Oh Nat,

My thoughts and prayers have been with you and your whole family constantly since I first heard about little Gavin. Just want you to know that I wrote Amanda about it and that the Rome missionaries are praying for him too! Hooray for the good progress report! Keep them coming! All our Aloha,

Linds and the family

kimsueellen said...

Prayed my guts out on my morning run. Ran down to see if there was an update, and there was. Thank you for keeping us all in the loop. Prayers are going out almost by the minute in our home. Love you Natalie...and Gav...and Richie. Hang in there.

Larry Reeves said...

Thanks for the update, Natalie. I can't stop thinking about you guys and praying that everything will be ok. I'm glad small improvements will be made. God is watching over you all.

Dream A Little Dream Events said...

So happy to hear about his improvements and the outpouring of prayers for baby Gavin and your family. It is amazing what support can do during a time like this. Keeping you all in my thoughts. Stay strong!

janica said...

Hi Natalie- I'm Shanae Jones sister. I stop by every once and a while. I am def praying for you, your little man, and your family. I know some of what you're feeling and especially seeing little Gavin on a cooling bed. I just had my baby boy 6 weeks ago and he wasn't breathing when they took him out from an emergency C-section and they life flighted him to Primary's and then he was on a cooling bed for 72 hours to try and reduce brain damage. It's def reassuring ANY little improvement that the docs tell you about. My little guy's situation is not totally the same but I feel for you and am so impressed by how much faith and strength you have. Miracles do happen in that place and especially with thousands praying for the little man and your family.

Heather said...

Found your blog via a twitter RT. I love your stand of faith and determination in the middle of such a terrifying circumstance! Know that I'm placing my faith hand in hand with yours for Gavin. I believe that God freely gave us the gift of healing when Jesus gave His life on the Cross. He literally gave HIS blood in exchange for Gavin's!

Our healing isn't a fragile uncertainty; it is a sure reality.

"And how bold and free we then become in His presence, freely asking according to His will, sure that He's listening. And if we're confident that He's listening, we know that what we've asked for is as good as ours." - 1 John 5:14-15

Marcee said...

The ladies at Clickn' Moms are praying for all of you!

Anonymous said...

I've been following your blog for sometime through DPS. It's sad to know that you're dealing with something like that. But it's good to know that there is always Hope.our prayers for Gavin! Have faith and be strong! you're in our thoughts and prayers!

Harold from Du Quoin, IL

Karla_S said...

yeah for Pee!! We are still praying and rooting for little gavin.

Heather said...

Nat,

Did he PEE his pants, or pee his pants? Just wondering...

PhotosbyMillie said...

Wow! What a complete miracle!!! I love hearing these updates, it is such a faith booster to actually see the power of prayer unfold and the miracles happen!
I hope his name is on the prayer roll at the temples!
He is in my daily prayers.

babiegurrll said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful little man! As a mother I commend the strength and determination you are showing for your son. The Lord has truly blessed him with a mother so strong and so faithful in his recovery! Always in my prayers!
Rebecca Diamond, Canada

liko said...

progress is good!!! soooo good!! each little improvement is HUGE!!! slowly, the tubes and wires will be removed and you can hold your baby!!! oh how sweet that will be!!!

kanaboke said...

I've never prayed so hard for a person to pee in my life...so to read this update today is a real testimony builder for me! Prayers continue to go up because we all love you Nat, and Gavin and the rest of the Norton crew. For all the beautiful photography work you've done, you've inspired many to help you, much like your pictures and posts help them! May God Continue to pour out his miraculous blessings!!

Naihe Family said...

YAY!!!! I can't even explain how much happiness and peace it brings me to here this today. What a wonderful Heavenly Father, who has granted this. Moroni 7 speaks of miracles and angels ministering unto the children of men. I know that angels have administered to your son, both here on earth and in heaven. God Bless. Lots of love!!!

Kristen said...

I found your blog through another photographers post on FB. I just read through your posts about your baby boy. Please know that you and Gavin are in my thoughts and prayers!!! Take care of yourself and stay strong!

Nicole said...

I'm continuing to pray for for Gavin, his doctors, and for your family. I am so excited to read these updates today! Many, many blessings today!

Ryan, Melissa, and Family said...

We are praying for little Gavin & are so happy to hear about his improvements & that you & your family are being comforted through these challenging times, I am so happy that you are seeing him progress and experiencing so many miracles for your little guy!!

little miss erika said...

Ohhh! Go Gavin! He can do this! He can!

So many prayers and so much love for you and your family Natalie!

Love love love

lovingmylife said...

Praying for Pee and Peace!

Lainey said...

Praying for pee it is! Go Gavin Go!

Warmed by these updates. Still having conversations with God to keep things on the up and up.

Love.

PhotoHack(Bert) said...

I found your blog on the DPS site. I am praying for Gavin and your family. My daughter was critically ill 2 years ago. Modern medicine and PICU docs are the best. However, it was a miracle from God from the round-the-clock prayer by too many people to name that healed her. May God be watching over Gavin and touch him with his healing hand and may he give you strength, courage and peace. There is a song that really touched us and may help you. 'He's my son' by Mark Schulz (christian artist). It's a prayer for a boy who is suffering. I changed the words a little because I have a girl. It's a beautiful song. May it give you peace knowing God hears these prayers!

Mindy said...

Still praying for sweet little Gavin... and I'm so glad to hear about PEE! :) I facebooked your plea and sent it through email, so I have lots of friends praying for you too.

Amber in GA said...

Oh praise the LORD GOD! :) Small improvements add up to big ones! God is so good, I have been praying hard & will continue to do so! Hopes & prayers your way as always!

Ryan said...

I really admire your faith and your strength. So glad you have had some good news today. I hope you have many wet diapers in your near future.

bobbi said...

I've been following along... and let me tell you, I'm BLOWN away by your positivity... keep on swimming friend :) Sending BIG hugs and amazing thoughts your way...

Jill said...

Praise God for PEEEE!

Brie Williams said...

Yay PEE!!! I found your blog yesterday after Dandee tweeeted about you. Our prayers are with you guys all the way down here in Florida.

Joyful Weddings and Events said...

I have been praying for you and your little man ever since I heard yesterday. So encouraging to see how the world has come along side of you in prayer and I am so happy to hear some good news. I have a two year old and we have been praying for Gavin before his nap and bedtime. God is in control & is using your faith and your son's illness to touch many hearts. Thank you for being bold and sharing your story so we can come along side you and pray for your little man.

Kea said...

Yippee! Woohoo! I know it's a small step but it's still a step. Go, Gav, go! Keep holding on Richie and Nat. We love you and your family and we are still praying. You are a miracle yourself with the way you are touching OUR lives with your strength, courage and faith. Many, many, many more miracles to come. <3 you!

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Laura said...

PRAYING FOR MORE PEE! Fight, Gavin, Fight!!

Kristen said...

Gavin is gone now but please don't forget these miracles. They ARE answers to prayers. There IS power in faith. I believe that God does all he can to answer our pleading, without altering His plan. Gavin needed to go now and he will miss you too.

All of these turns for the better were gifts. You don't need to feel that now, but someday. God loves you.