So on the eve of 23 weeks there has been a lot of talk about Jimmie being “viable/non-viable” as we are now entering that awkward phase where it’s a matter of days not weeks to an arbitrary line -- set by man. Rachael is meeting with the NICU tomorrow and Monday and Tuesday she will be receiving steroids for the baby’s lungs. I was a little worked up and weary of this particular conversation this morning, but Rachael has handled it very calmly. She is really amazing me with her strength and grace in this situation. It will be so nice a week from now when this sort of talk is over! I don’t doubt there will be a lot of new discussions related to the NICU etc. . . . but it’ll be wonderful to have the doctors speak about Jimmie in that new context.
People have asked me if I get to visit Rachael a lot. The answer is unfortunately - no. I’ve started averaging like once or twice a week. Dave and I work at different times and I’m not thrilled with bringing the kids up very often. I just don’t want them exposed to hospital germs as we tromp through nor do I want Rachael exposed to whatever little cold or virus they may have. So I really miss Rachael. I’m used to seeing her like 3 or 4 times a week. I talk to her every day -- at least once, but Rach, it’s just not the same at the studio when you are not there. We all miss you! That said-- I hope we get to miss you for a long time yet!!! (-: We pray everyday before class that little Jimmy will be growing in your belly for MANY more weeks!
Also hopefully Jimmie won’t care that I make him share the spotlight for a minute with his cousin. I don’t want to use this blog for McKenna, but I’m getting a lot of questions about her as well. Maybe I’ll make another blog for her. I know a lot of you-- including Rachael and Justin’s church have been praying for her. She is scheduled for a surgical procedure and an exploratory MRI for this Monday, February 2nd. Thank you to all of you who have been praying for her and asking me for updates. I’ll know more after Monday.
My cousin Jennette-- mommy to angel baby Gabriella and to Madeline who is still growing strong in her tummy-- is going to take over updating this blog for me next week as I will be focused on my daughter. And our wonderful advanced students-- Jessica, Ruby, Brittney, Breanna, and Ellie will be completely taking over at the dance studio for me.
We are so grateful for your care and prayers! As always -- hang tough Jimmie! Father God keep Rachael steady and healthy. Keep that stitch and her bag of water strong and her body peaceful. So be it, in Jesus name!