Sunday, June 15, 2008

Please Keep Rhett in Your Prayers Today......



I should totally be sleeping right now, but I'm not. I can't. This is a big surgery, and I am scared. I know deep down he will be fine, but it still frightens me every time we go up to the hospital.

So here is my request. Remember when Rhett had his airway surgery and you all left lots of great comments for my other kids so they knew how many people were praying for him?

Well, I would like to ask each of you to do that again. They all have a really hard time when Rhett is in the hospital, but the day he has surgery is always the worst for them. Last time it helped them so much to go to the computer every chance they get to see who was praying for their little brother.

If you know of anyone praying, have them stop by to say hi to Rhett's siblings. It's so comforting for them. I will do updates tomorrow at the bottom of this post, so stay tuned. We are to be up to Primary Children's at 8 am. I am not sure how long surgery will last, but I do know that we will be in the PICU after surgery.

And just in case you have forgotten who you are praying for, I leave you with this........(the same little guy who won Third Place in the Orem City's Summerfest on Saturday!!! I know I know, he's just too cute.)











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UPDATE:

Rhett is out of surgery and hangning out in the PICU. He is super sleepy and doped up on Morphine. We decided to go the morphine route and try it with Benadryl to help with the itchies.

When the got him opened, they found that most of the stitches from his patch around his hernia repair from a year ago had all popped. So while they were in there they stitched the patch all back up. What a blessing that was. It saved us from another surgery later on. Chances were that if the rest of them came undone the patch would have totally popped and his intestines would have been back in his chest.

Andy is working and plans on coming up on Tuesday night to see his little man.

My sister was able to take the day off to be here with me.

All in all everything went well with the surgery, and now we just wait for him to recover. When I came into the PICU he waved at me, and his neighbor is a little newborn baby who has a good set of lungs. Rhett turned his head toward the baby, signed baby, and when he did it he kind of rubbed his tummy, he looked at me with the saddest eyes and said, "Owie." Poor Guy.

So specific prayer request for right now is that he can tolerate the Morphine and not have to be put on Dilaudid. I made a sign for his crib to have any pain meds triple checked with each nurse doing their own conversions.

Thank you so much for all of the prayers, the days to come are going to be rough, but we will make it. (No spell check here, so if there are errors I'm sorry!!!)

Oh, We are in bed 18 in the PICU. :)

108 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rhett and Family is always in our prayers, and esp on this day of major surgery.

Anonymous said...

Sending many prayers and positive vibes your way. Rhett will be fine. God will guide the doctors' hands. He is such a blessed little boy to have such loving siblings.

Maureen (Kenneth's Mom)

janette said...

Hey Pam, Andy, Dakota, Hunter, Chloee, and Rhett,

I just popped in for a moment to let you know that I'll be praying for Rhett today as he goes into surgery, that all goes well and for a great recovery.

Blessings,
Janette G. - MWP

Anonymous said...

said a special prayer for Rhett this am - knowing that God will protect him and keep you all comforted during this time. may your sweet boy do great and recover well and get back home real soon. in His name, aj from dsyn.com

FBF Rothkopf said...

Hey Bird Family,

Thinking of you, and hoping this week goes by fast and easy.

Francine, David, Sam, Micah and Sofia

Melissa said...

Sending lots of prayers your way today and making sure our friends and family does the same!


all the way from CT...
Melissa & Garrett
(and Bill, Thomas, Kaleigh and Braeden, too)

Michelle said...

Sending many prayers for our special Rhetters. And Chloee, Nora will be praying too and sends you a special hug! Love and well wishes from all of us here in Nebraska.

xo, Elliot and his momma, Michelle

somebody's mama said...

Love, love, love...sending all of our love. May Rhett's surgery be uncomplicated and successful, and his pain relief medications measured correctly.

We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers today.

xo r

Julie South said...

Dear Bird Family,
Our family is lifting up Rhett and all of you today as he goes into surgery. Our little Makaylah has been through the same surgery and we know how hard it is. Her sisters like to sit together and take turns praying at the time of the surgeries. We are praying for the doctors, nurses and for strength for all you. (((HUGS)))
Love, Scott, Julie, Hannah, Juliah, Sarah & Makaylah

Traci said...

Dear Lord we thank you for this day. We thank you and we believe in you to get Rhett through surgery today without any complications. Wrap your loving arms around Rhett and his family and keep them healthy and safe today. Give them strength when they are weak; give them peace when they are afraid and most of all, let each of them feel your love and presence for all the days of their lives. We thank you and give you all the glory, in Jesus name, Amen.

Kitty, Nathanael's Mom said...

Hello everyone! Fasting and praying for Rhett today, and sending you all big hugs from Vermont!

Anonymous said...

Saying a prayer for Rhett that he has a speedy recovery. And he does fine. Carol&Abigail

Beth said...

Sending good thoughts your way today for a successful surgery and speedy recovery. Thinking of your whole family and wishing you all the best.

Sara said...

We will keep you and Rhett in our thoughts and prayers today as he faces yet another surgery. Nathaniel has had this one 3 x so we know what you will be facing.. Big hugs to you all.

Sustenance Scout said...

Many prayers and well wishes heading your way today!! BIG hugs from Denver, love Karen and family

Kathryn Soper said...

Hi Bird kids,

My kids always get worried when their little brother Thomas is at PCMC. It's because they love him so much. Don't forget, love is a powerful thing. Sending prayers this morning!

Me-Shell said...

God Bless you little man Rhett. Thoughts, prayers and bug {{{HUGS}}} heading your way.

~Melissa~ said...

Sending lots of prayers your way!!

Anonymous said...

Lots of thoughts and hugs and prayers are coming your way!!!

xoxoxoxoxo

Christina said...

Hope all goes smoothly today. I am always reading up on your family and praying for the best!

Sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way,
Christina
Jacob's momma
www.jacobsheart.blogspot.com

mum2brady said...

Keeping Rhett in our prayers today, Pam. Hoping and praying all goes well and that your cute guy is back at home with his family on his way to good health soon.

Anonymous said...

Lots of prayers for Rhett comming from Kanas.

Raising Joey said...

Lots of thoughts and prayers today for Rhett and the rest of your family! Keep us updated!
HUGS!
Jessica & Joey

Anonymous said...

We are thinking and praying for Rhett and his siblings and parents today. You don't know us, but we have been following Rhett's progress from New York and we think of you often. We have a 4 year old daughter, Anna, who also sports an extra chromosome. Best wishes for surgery today and for a quick recovery. Mary

Anonymous said...

I'm praying for Rhett that his surgery will be successful and that he will be home soon. I'm also praying that it will make him feel so much better.

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

We're praying for Rhett and all of you today!!! We know he will do just GREAT!

Anonymous said...

Sending LOTS of prayers and love from sunny Arizona!

Michelle said...

You're in our prayers Rhett!

Maren said...

Prayers for all of you and a special one for Rhett!

Anonymous said...

We are all praying for you here Rhett!! I hope the surgery goes well and your recovery is quick!!

sarah said...

Lots of prayers, hugs, and love to Rhett and his family!!! Speedy recovery!!

The Ski's said...

I just found your site and wanted to let you know that I will keep all of you in our prayers today. Rhett is absolutely adorable, and I hope it is a day of smooth sailing for you all. You are in our hearts and thoughts.

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

You can add me to those praying for Rhett today.

He's gonna be great! I can feel it! You guys are gonna finally start getting all the good things in life that you deserve.

Lisa Turner said...

Hello, I am new to your blog. I found it from Renee and her special K's. I just wanted you to know that I will be praying for Rhett and your entire family today! I know how extremely difficult this is on ALL of you. You have a beautiful family, and I am looking forward to following your life's journey's.
Love, hugs, and many prayers,
Lisa, Tom, Elijah and Mara Turner
carepage: maraangel

Anonymous said...

Praying for you today in Philadelphia, PA.

Angel Gabi's Mommy said...

You all are always close to our hearts and always in our prayers! Rhett is a strong little guy and before you know it he will be back home!

Love and prayers and a big hug for each of you!!!

As always I will send Angel Gabi your way for a little extra support:)

Stephanie said...

Sending LOTS and LOTS of prayers for Rhett.

Anonymous said...

You know I am! I will do my best to stop in, I sure love you guys. Even the big smelly one! Ha Andy! ;0}

Amanda and Family

Rachel said...

I just wanted you all to know that I read about your brother every day! I pray for him DAILY! I know it is hard for you all when he is in the hopital and especially during surgeries....PRAYER WORKS!!! I believe with all of us prayer warriers behind your brother and your family, he will be fine. Please kiss him for me when you see him and even though he doesnt know me (nor do you all)...he has my prayers ALWAYS and forever! You are a very lucky family to have such a special brother!!!!!

Rachel (lee's summit, MO)
http://lovefor9.blogspot.com

Amber said...

Dear Bird Family,

You will all be in my prayers today, especially little Rhett. I hope the surgery goes well and that the recovery will be easier than expected.

Amber - MWP

my--four--sons said...

We will be praying for your family!

jkribbit said...

You are all in my prayers today. Good luck!!

Carla said...

I am praying for all of you today! Remember God loves you and Rhett very much; trust in Him to care for Rhett today and always : )
Love,
Carla-MWP
http://mastomama.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Prayers for the Bird Family. Rhett will be just fine today and soon he will be home playing like a two yr old boy should.
Prayers and hugs for all!!!

Jennifer

My Three Sons said...

Pam,
I have been thinking about Rhett all morning. I know this is scary but look how strong he is. He amazes me everyday that I read about you. Lots of prayers and love from Missouri

Kaci

Anonymous said...

We're praying for you Rhett, and family, stay strong big guy! We love you in Texas!
Vicki and Emme

Jessica said...

Lots of positive thoughts and love being sent Rhett's way and big hugs to everyone in the family.

Niksmom said...

Keeping Rhett and all of you in my thoughts and prayers today!

Anonymous said...

The Weikert family in Maryland would like to send our prayers for Rhett!!! Just know that when he wakes from surgery he will need a lot of hugs and cuddling!!! If you are like us, you will fight over who gets him first!!! (we have Noah with Down syndrome in our family). And although you don't like to see him go through surgery, when it's over, he will get stronger and healthier and happier!!!! Hope he feels well soon.

Christina said...

I am praying for Rhett and for your family.

waldenhouse said...

You have a beautiful family. We are praying for Rhett and the rest of your family today.

Julie said...

Sending lots of prayers and good wishes to you guys today! Can't wait to see a good report!

jenhiatt said...

I am praying for you little man!! You are so strong. Give those doc's and nurses a run for their money!!!

carol said...

Hi Bird family,
Wanted to let you know that we are praying for Rhett and your whole family today in Missouri. You are in our prayers daily. Rhett is very lucky to have you three as his brothers and sister.
God Bless each and every one of you.
Carol

Michelle said...

Thinking of you, Rhett, and hoping all goes well! :)
Matthew Adams' family

Anonymous said...

Sending tons of prayers for Rhett.

Debbie said...

You're all in our prayers today!

Lauriann said...

Hi Pam, Andy, Dakota, Hunter, Chloee, and Rhett,

Just wanted to let you all know you are all in my thoughts and prayers today .....

and I hope everything goes well with Rhetts surgery .

lots of hugs to you all !

Lauriann

Owen's Dad said...

Hi Dakota, Hunter, and Chloee,

I have a little boy who looks just like your little brother. I will have to send you a picture so you can tell me what you think.

I want you to know that we are praying for Rhett today and we know that God is holding him close.

Give your parents a real big hug tonight, I'm sure they would enjoy all the hugs they can get.

Peace be with you.
Trace

Anonymous said...

Dear Bird Kids-Just want you to know we are pulling for you and your little brother Rhett today. Try not to feel too anxious and worried because the Good Lord is watching over your flock.
Jayne in WI

Anonymous said...

You're all in our prayers today!

Colleen said...

My prayers are being sent for little Rhett today, and for your whole family. Lots of hugs from Niagara Falls....
Colleen :)

will play for food said...

Four kids from Colorado and their mama are praying for Mr. Rhett and his siblings.
Be strong. :)

Ann said...

Lord I pray for Rhett. I pray that you would ease his pain and that he would be able to stay on Morphine. I pray that you would bless him with a quick recovery. I also pray that Daddy is able to make a trip up with ease. I pray for all of Rhett's siblings that they would feel secure while Rhett is in the hospital. I pray that they would feel you watching over their whole family. I pray for strength for Pam as she is with Rhett. I pray that you would give her peace and that she would feel you right there with her and Rhett.

Erin said...

Rhett is always in our prayers. Hugs to you all.

Erin said...

Rhett is always in our prayers. Hugs to you all.

Erin said...
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Hollie said...

Rhett (and family),
You've been in my thoughts and prayers today. I'm so glad to hear that surgery went well, and I'm praying for a speedy recovery. Elaina and I are over in PICU bed 4, so I'll be stopping by later to meet you!
Hugs,
Hollie and Elaina

Kyle, Aimee & Ava said...

Prayers are coming your way from Mt Pleasant, UT.

I have been thinking of and praying for you guys all day! Loves....

Yoly said...

Rhett, you are always in my prayers. Sendig you lots of love a kisses from Puerto Rico.

God Bless you little guy.

Anonymous said...

Hello Bird Family! I was directed to your site via another DS mom who sent an e-mail asking for prayers for your family. I am so happy to hear that surgery went well and hope that the Morphine/Benadryl cocktail does the trick for your sweet boy.

And, as for the rest of your beautiful family, we pray for your peace and patience during this time of healing for your little brother. It takes a very special family to endure these trials and you are all an inspiration.

Hang in there!

Sending prayers from Iowa....
Michelle

Dawn said...

Rhett I'm so glad you are doing ok. I'll keep praying for you. big guy!!

RK said...

I'm so glad the first report is good. We'll keep praying for a peaceful first night.

Diane Feinauer said...

Our family is praying for darling little Rhett!! We were thrilled to hear that the surgeons caught the Hernia repair, so that he doesn't have to endure another surgery. We will continue to pray for your family. How blessed little Rhett is to have such concerned and loving brothers and sisters. what an example you are to others.

The Feinauers

Djinni said...

Praying for your sweet littlest Bird "Rhett" and for an Amazing recovery. Heart Hugs, Djinni

Kristen said...

I just found out about Rhett's surgery today. What a blessing to come to your blog and find a good report!!! Such a sweet boy covered in prayers. I will continue to pray for Rhett's healing and rest. (Kris10z f/Downsyn)

little.birdy said...

I leave you with good wishes in the form of haiku:
Rhett is a cutie
All love and pray for him now
Feel better soon Rhett!

carol said...

Hi I posted earlier in the day but have been watching for your update. I am glad the surgery went well and they could repair the hernia. Please give Rhett a hugg from us and let him know he is a very special little guy in so many peoples lives.We will continue to pray for a speedy and painless recovery.
So glad about you getting your house back.
Praying in Missouri
carol n

Shea said...

Praying for you Rhett!!!!

Kate said...

Pam, Andy, Dakota, Hunter, Chloee, and Rhett ~

Thinking of you all and praying for God's peace to be upon your family through this hospitalization.

Thanks for posting updates. I keep checking in to see how Rhett is doing. He's a tough little guy and he's so lucky to have such loving siblings and parents to take care of him.

I hope he's home again with you all very soon.

~Kate (from the LMC-TCS group)

amy flege said...

Saying many prayers today. Glad to hear the surgery went well!! sending lots of hugs from Iowa!

Tonya said...

You are all in my prayers. I am glad to hear the surgery went well. I will continue to pray for your family and for Rhett to recover quickly so he can be home with his siblings soon. He is such a sweetie!

Anonymous said...

Many prayers heading your way from Northwest Ohio. ***BIG HUGS*** to your entire family!!

Vaeh's Blog said...

I've been checking in on your blog for a couple of weeks. We, too, are a heart family & know some of the struggles you all are facing. My daughter just had her 3rd open heart 4 and a half weeks ago. Praying for a speedy recovery for Rhett! Knowing that Rhett's in God's hands - no better place to be!

The Walp Family (Jon, Tina, Gabby & Nevaeh)
http://nevaehkaylenewalp.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

More prayers for you all as Rhett recovers from surgery. He's a precious, but tough little cookie - we know he will do great and be home in no time! Hugs and prayers from Central Texas

Penny and Madison

rylie's mom said...

Glad the surgery went well. Hugs to you and your family! Many prayers for Rhett to have a speedy recovery.

Lily said...

Glad to hear things went well today! I will try and get up there tonight or first thing in the morning. Do you want anything?

Seth, Caralee and Sydney Jo said...

Hang in there Rhett and Family! We are praying for you! I hope that Rhett can get through with out having to have any of those yucky pain medications! We will be at Primary's on Monday if you are still there I would love to come and say hi! Hang in there and know that A LOT of people care about you and hope that everything goes well!
Heart Hugs
Caralee Baker

Anonymous said...

Continued Prayers for Rhett to have a speedy recovery without complications.

Tonya in WA

Heather said...

Wow 89 comments! Is that not a testament on how much this little guy and your family are loved. He is one brave boy, who's strength will have in back in no time at all. Keep the faith guys.

Love, Zoey and crew

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

So glad it went well! i will pray for a quick recovery!

Michelle said...

I've been thinking of Rhett all day! I'm so glad to hear he's doing so well. Give him a hug for us!

Jennifer said...

Praying for your son! Also, praying for comfort, JOY, and peace for your family.

FBF Rothkopf said...

hey, I can't resist: the number 18, in Hebrew, is represented by the two letters that also spell the word "chai" (no, not the tea). It means "life" (as in the toast "l'chaim - to life") and is considered a very lucky number.

F.

Anonymous said...

More huggs for Rhett today. I just was checking in to see how he was. You kids are so wonderful. Prayers and happiness to all of you :)

Jennifer

Beth said...

Dear Bird Family,

Little mister Dalton and I have been saying extra prayers for you today. Hugs!

Beth in Missouri

Kari said...

Your always in my prayers!!! Sounds like things are going well considering :) (((HUGS!!!!!))) Extra Extra hugs XO

Anonymous said...

While reading about Kennedy Garcia, her mom, Renee, was asking for prayers for Rhett. We met their family at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, TN. We have a 4 year old son, Jackson, who has Down Syndrome and was diagnosed last April with ALL. He is at home now and is in remission. There is nothing more precious than the angel face of a child with DS. Rhett and your family will be in our prayers. The family of Jackson Dunlap - Joe, Deitra, Lucas, Olivia, & Jackson in McMinnville, TN

Marla said...

Hugs and Prayers being sent for Rhett and his family.

Elaine A. said...

Glad to hear that Rhett's surgery went well. Sending prayers for an easy and painless recovery...

carolyn q said...

It was awesome to be able to spend a few minutes with you after Rhett came out of surgery today and the fact he even waved his hand bye-bye to me. What an amazing little guy and my world is much better since I have been blessed to get to be around him.
Heart Hugs,
Carolyn

somebody's mama said...

Thinking about Rhett this morning. I hope that he had an uneventful night and is recovering well today.

hugs

Anonymous said...

Dear Bird family
Binny and I are sending strong wishes for a complete and speedy recovery. WE can't wait to see your smiling face again! And we hope your mom is getting a little bit of sleep and fresh air too!
Debbie and Binny

Anonymous said...

We are a family of six from west jordan. We pray for rhett every day. Especially the 5, 8 and 11 year olds of the family. We love you strangers! -The Brown Family

Likes Chocolate said...

We hope Rhetts surgery went and we will keep in him our prayers.

Brent & Jodie said...

Pam, Andy, Dakota, Hunter, Chloee, and Rhett-
We love you all, all the way from New York! :) We're always praying for Rhett and we also pray for your whole family. You are such a strong, awesome family and I know that you will get through this just like you always do. Stay strong and keep smiling!!
~Jodie

Michelle said...

We've been praying for Rhett all week! Happy to hear he is doing well from surgery. Wishing him a speedy recovery. Lots of prayers and hugs to all!

chaoticfamily said...

Many prayers and warm thoughts are being sent your way to you - your handsome lil man and the rest of your family. I hope he tolerates the morphine well. Sounds like he is already a super star!!