Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Please pray for our son...

I'm at the hospital and things have simmered down and I have internet here in the room. Dustin will be here longer than we thought. We will be here two nights and two days - at least. It is a little bit more serious that I originally realized. Please pray for him. He has 102 fever and what is called a staph resistant infection. His tonsillectomy is tomorrow. Due to the fact that the infection is so bad (he can't even swallow hardly at all or talk) there is a danger with bleeding and they have to keep a close watch on him after the surgery for 7 days. After two days they will let him go home but we have to watch him carefully and if it bleeds run back to the hospital.

So here we are...room 338 in the Pediatric floor of University Community Hospital on Fletcher. If any of you reading who are personal friends with him want to call, feel free to call my cell or the hospital phone -- 813) 971-6000 and ask for room 338. (I'll give him your message even if he can't talk. )

They couldn't get his IV in for a long time because he was very dehydrated but they finally got it in and he is doing a little better now with some fluids. He is laying here listening to his IPOD and talking to Pastor Aaron who brought him his "last meal" before the cut off time before his surgery. He only age a few bites because the pain is so bad.

This all started a few weeks ago he had a tonsil that was abcessed. They had to do a procedure to drain it (while he was awake)...VERY painful in fact he passed out and threw up several times in the midst of it. They said there was only a 3-4% chance of this ever coming back and that even so we might want to consider having his tonsils out. (Which is much harder at 17 than when you are a little child.) We have been thinking about it but now it appears there is no option. Last night he started hurting again. This morning he couldn't even hardly swallow so I called the ENT, who saw him today and immediately admitted him to the hospital.

Thank you for keeping him in your prayers, those of you who are close to him, and those who don't even know him but read my blog.

So...pray for my (now big 17 year old) Dustin Bustin Chocki Woki (nickame). One good thing - because he's a few months shy of 18 he still got to stay in the pediatric ward. He's getting a lot more attention, has his own room - and a jungle/leopard room at that! Complete with his own X-box!

Thank you all for your prayers for our little (okay big) Choc-O-lat. Love to all...

4 comments:

Michele said...

Praying for you Dustin and you too mom-
Love Coach

Pastor L said...

Praying for you guys...as an ear/nose/throat wing "veteran" from birth until I was about Dustin's age, I can sympathize with him. God miraculously healed a hole in my eardrum when I was in high school, and I believe He can heal Dustin, too! God bless...

Lady Melissa said...

God bless you Pastor Deanna,
I'm praying for Dustin as well as the entire family. Be encouraged and know that there is a blessing in the midst of it all.

I pray for your strength as well for I know that you have been very busy. Lots of Love, Lady Sutton

Deborah said...

I pray that God hold both of you in the palm of His hand. That the healing power of God surround you both. Deanna, I pray that the doctors hand be guided by the Holy Spirit as they operate on Dustin. My friend you are in my prayers. love always me