Monday, December 10, 2007
The day of Jack's funeral was rainy and cold. We were all sad and the heavens knew it. The next several days were beautiful, filled with blue skies and sunshine. Jack was welcomed home by so many people that it seemed like he wanted to introduce everybody. Jack's best friend Luke passed away the day of his funeral and within one month 3 more of his buddies left their families as well. We joke that as soon as we get there he's going to be grounded for taking his friends with him. It has been a blessing to be a part of such a wonderful network of friends who are experiencing similar challenges. We are filled with gratitude for each one of you who has followed us down this slippery road. However, there are always treasures awaiting the traveler that become priceless experiences and memories that are held forever. The beginning of roads such as these are often marked with "dead end;" however, upon returning the signs suddenly read "scenic overlook 2 mi. opposite direction." We often find ourselves somewhere along that path, reliving the moments that have shaped the last few months of our lives. Peace is in our hearts knowing the plan of our Heavenly Father is real. We are grateful for all of our friends and family who have been so kind and supportive. This experience has brought all of us closer together and deepened our commitment to the principles of the gospel. Thank you for all you have done, you were there when we needed you the most.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Baby Jack returned to his Heavenly Father on October 17, 2007 after enduring complications from heart surgery. Although he was only here for a short time, he accomplished all that was required of him. Jack’s little life brought countless people to their knees and has invited change into all of our hearts. The network of family and friends that have surrounded Jack has been a constant amidst the unknown. His parents would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the many hands that cared for him in the Pediatric ICU at Primary Children’s Hospital. The depth of their touch has left an imprint on our hearts forever. Jack is survived by his parents, Darren and Sarah Nelson. A funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday October 20, 2007 at the Wells Ward located on 1990 S. 500 E. in
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Jack has done a great job today. Doctor Hawkins stopped by and took him off one of the diuretics that works on his kidneys but adversely effects his blood pressure. It has proved to be a good move as his blood pressure has increased significantly. Thanks to the blood pressure he is peeing better than he ever has. Between 9 and 10 tonight he hit a record high of 19 cc's. We're prepping him for the redneck games. We hope that the trend continues and we have similar things to say tomorrow night.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Jack's kidney function continues to slowly improve and they are weaning him off the nitric oxide. We will see if the pulmonary hypertension is better. Jack weighs 9 lbs 6 oz, without all of the fluid he would weigh about 6 lbs 8 oz. You can imagine what your child may look like if he or she had almost 3 lbs of water weight. Hence the lack of pictures on our blog. GO UTES!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Here's a look at what all of you have been praying for. Beautiful isn't it. That's what we think. We are getting real good at telling how much is in the tube before it actually gets measured. I'm going to say that's about 6 cc's. Not bad for 20 minutes. The two little boxes on the floor are the chest tube drains. Jack has had a good day. He is resting well and wakes up enough to move around a little and mobilize some of the fluid. In the other picture I was just making sure he would be able to hold his own churro when his mom takes him to the state fair. Thanks for all the posts. You don't want to know how many times we check each day to read your comments.