After nine long days in the hospital, Jon is thankfully back home again! Jon's surgery brought some complications which extended our hospitalization longer than we had expected.
After surgery, Jon had breathing problems and was running a high fever. He was moved into PICU and kept overnight. After giving him oxygen and IV fluids, he was moved into a regular room
It still took several days to find out the source of Jon's high fevers. Blood and urine cultures were done. Eventually it was discovered that Jon had contracted a bacterial infection. Three extra days of IV antibiotics were required before the fevers eventually stopped. During these days, Jon was in quite a bit of pain and discomfort. It was so hard to see him in pain and not be able to comfort him. He is such a sweet boy though and even in the midst of pain, he still attempted a weak smile or wave when he saw us.
The days in the hospital where we listened to doctors telling us they were "perplexed" by Jon's high fevers were particularly tense and full of emotion. W were so very thankful to be surrounded by prayer warriors lifting up Jon and our family in prayer. As we mentioned before, Jon's medical condition requires a lot of divine discernment. Being told at birth that Jon had an abdominal mass that the surgeon had "no idea what is was" was one of the reasons that this exploratory surgery was scheduled.
Our surgeon had thought Jon had a large hernia that would be repaired, but in the middle of the surgery they came out and told us there was not a hernia but instead it was swelling in the abdomen related to this "abdominal mass" that at first glance seemed to be a secondary bladder. After the "mass" was removed, the surgeon reported that they believed it was actually a teratoma ( a benign tumor) We were very relieved for the prayers that helped reveal this to our surgeon. The tumor was so huge, the surgeon was surprised it had not caused Jon a lot of pain and discomfort.
We are so thankful for your prayers and for how God sustained us and strengthened us during this difficult time. We are thankful for a successful surgery and for God's healing touch on our precious little boy.
We are thrilled to have our sweet little boy home and our family together again! I am including a few photos from the hospital.
Jonathan is now crawling around. He likes to crawl from room to room. He likes to pull up on things and jump up and down. He's figuring out all the things he can get into and enjoying every minute of it! It won't be long before he starts walking! We're enjoying watching all the wonderful progress that he is making.
Nikita is from Latvia and 3 trips are required with both parents being required to go on the first trip.
Nikita is a bright, engaging, affectionate, and delightful 5 year old boy. He is very enthusiastic about life and trying new things. He has been labeled hyperactive, but he is able to sit, play by himself, look at books, etc. He does not appear to us to have ADHD, but he is a very active child with a lot of energy and curiosity. Because of this, he seems to get easily over-stimulated and has some difficulty transitioning from activity to quiet time. It usually takes a long time for him to calm down and get to sleep. He has integrated well into our large family. He has attached well to us as parents and to our other children. He loves to be carried by my 17 year old daughter. He plays well by himself and alongside my 2 year old daughter most of the time. The only aggressiveness he has shown is usually mid-day or evening which we think may be a result of getting overly-tired. When he is like this he starts yelling loudly, pinching, biting, and sometimes slapping in the face. Taking him for a timeout sometimes helps.
He eats very well, but has not gained any weight while with us. Two physicians tested him for thyroid or kidney problems (the most common reasons for growth problems). His kidneys are perfectly healthy. The blood test did reveal a possible problem with his thryoid. The endocrinologist wanted to do further testing to determine what the specific problem is. Unfortunately, we will not receive the test results back until Nikita has returned to Latvia. Other than that, he seems healthy. He does not seem to show any severe developmental problems other than being small and maybe a little bit of speech delay. He talks and sings a lot and is very animated. He communicates his needs well. He seems very intelligent and has already learned several words in English.
If you're interested in adopting him we can share more information and there is an opportunity to visit with him while he's still here, but he is only here until August 1st.