Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The blood drive was held this week, and they had an incredible 253 students show up to donate! As you can imagine, the Red Cross was very overwhelmed!! They had never seen this many students volunteer at McGavock. Needless to say, they were very understaffed and unable to accommodate this many donors, so unfortunately, several students were turned away. They only allowed 161 students to register, and they successfully collected 123 units of blood. This is still a great number!
I am just so humbled that all of these strangers were willing to donate blood in honor of Colby. We are reminded once again of just how special Colby is...just how special all heart babies are! I am so glad that Colby was able to help the Red Cross collect 123 more units of blood in addition to the blood they collected from our blood drive. Colby is truly a blessing!
Thank you McGavock High School Students, and thank you mom and Mr. Strobel for coordinating this in Colby's Honor!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
After much debate between Jason and myself, we finally decided that Colby should be able to be there and be a part of his big day. After all, everyone was coming in his honor! We were very nervous about him being out of his "bubble," but we took as many precautions as we could to keep him healthy. Fortunately, everyone there was very respectful of his space. It is so crazy to think that this is the first time many of the people there have ever seen Colby in person. It was almost like his debut! One of our good friends joked that we did this blood drive just to prove that Colby does exist!
Big brother Brody was also there the entire day, and he did amazingly well! If you know Brody, you know he likes his naps, but he hung in there and never even got cranky. We can probably thank the number of cookies he ate for that! Brody spent the entire day running and playing with all of his buddies. I'm so glad that our friends allowed their kids to come be a part of this and spend the day with Brody. It made it such a fun day for him! Thank you guys!
I mentioned that Brody ate a lot of cookies, but I don't think you understand the amount of food that we had there unless you saw it first hand! We were shocked at how many people were kind enough to spend time baking muffins, cookies, brownies, sausage balls, breads, etc. I wish I had a picture of the food table...it was incredible! After seeing all of the food, we realized we should have had a bake sale. We would have been able to make a nice donation to CHD research. Next time we do a blood drive, we will definitely keep this in mind.
Thank you to everyone that provided us with food. I want you to know that we truly appreciate it! I also want you to know that none of the food went to waste. We distributed the remaining food to different local outreach programs. Two of these programs are run by our Church...a homeless outreach program and a partnership with a local Assisted Living Facility. We also sent some food with one of our neighbors that just happened to be working Room in the Inn at her church that night. I hope that this food was enjoyed by everyone that received it. I know that everyone at the blood drive truly enjoyed it all...everything was delicious!
So, now for the numbers...
- 85 people signed in at the door
- 75 people went through the interview/screening process (10 people had to leave due to previous engagements...I apologize again for the long wait time!)
- Several people (I don't have an official count) were turned away at the door, because the red cross could not accommodate any more walk ins
- 65 productive donors!!! (10 of the 75 were deferred due to medical reasons)
- 31 of the 65 donors were first timers, including myself
These are just incredible numbers! Again, Jason and I are completely blown away by the support shown for Colby. We knew Colby was a special baby, but we had no idea just how special! It is so amazing for us to think about how many lives he has touched in his very short life. I'll never understand why God blessed us with such a "Super Baby!"
Thank you to everyone who was a part of this day! We truly appreciate you choosing to spend several hours donating blood on not only a Saturday, but also Valentine's Day! We love each and every one of you! Thank you to those that came and volunteered your time as well, even though you weren't able to donate blood. Because of all of you, the day ran very smoothly! Jason and I want to say a very special thank you to our moms...Joan (Nana) and Teresa (Granna). Once again, you two stepped up and supported us like only moms can! We really appreciate you spending your entire Saturday helping us out! We love you both very much!!!!!!!!!
We have already had some close friends say that we need to make this an annual event. Jason and I think that this is a great idea, especially now that we are recovered from the long day Saturday! So, we may be doing this again next February. I can't think of a better way to recognize CHD Awareness Day than by gathering people to give blood!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Yesterday, Colby went back to see Dr. Liske for a follow up appointment. No matter how well I think he is doing, I always get nervous for these appointments! I don't think that will ever change. Fortunately, he had a great appointment! Dr. Liske is very pleased with his progress, which makes me and Jason so happy!
Colby's sats are starting to slowly fall, which is what will happen as he gets closer to needing his next surgery. His sats yesterday were about 77%...they had been in the mid 80s. There is no real concern until his sats get down to 70% and below. After examining Colby, Dr. Liske seems to think that his original path of blood flow to his lungs (the hole in his heart), has now closed. This means that he is only getting blood flow through the shunt that they put in during his first surgery. This is kind of a good thing for Colby, because it means he is not getting as much blood into his lungs. Before, he was just being flooded, which was causing him to be in severe congestive heart failure. Hopefully, he will be a little more comfortable now!
The best news from the appointment was Dr. Liske telling us he thinks we may have 2 more months before he will need his next surgery!! I would love to get into spring before we have to go back into the hospital. I would also love for Colby to have 2 more months to grow!! The bigger, the better!!! Our next appointment will be in 1 month. At that appointment, Dr. Liske will do an echo to get a good look at his shunt and take some measurements. This will give him more of an idea of when the surgery might need to be scheduled. We are just thrilled that this surgery will be scheduled. We were not too fond of the last surprise surgery and the chaos that surrounded it!
So, as always we will keep you posted.
Catherine and Brad seem like such wonderful people! I look forward to spending time with them and getting to know them better in the near future, and I hope that I can be as good of a support person to Catherine as Katie and Amy have been to me. I love my heart friends dearly, and I know that God crossed our paths for a reason!
We are so overwhelmed by the response we have gotten with Colby's Blood Drive. We have officially booked every time slot that the Red Cross allowed us...that is 64 people signed up to donate blood!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Jason and I are so blessed to have so many wonderful people willing to step up and give blood in honor of our baby boy! We also thank those of you that have volunteered to help out on Saturday by working or by bringing home baked goodies. I know everyone giving blood will appreciate having a nice snack to eat afterwards. If you did not get to sign up for a time, but you would still like to donate, please feel free to come by the church on Saturday. We may still be able to work you in, especially if anyone that is signed up has to miss their appointment for some reason.We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, and we are very appreciative of you taking time out of your Valentine's Day to do this!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
9:00 Jon Kemp, Chuck Rampenthal, Sharon Rampenthal, Shantel Watson, Rachel Allen
9:15 Jason McGee, Steve Brown, Jama Cook,
9:30 Kay Stafford, Don Wolfe (x2), Michele Harris,
9:45 Shelia Goostree, Mark Goostree, Jason Frazee
10:00 Clift Slaughter, Tracy Oden, Debbie Bostwick
10:15 Melissa Goostree, Jim McPherson, Jenadi Talbot
10:30 Ben Talbot, Brice Jennings, Julie Watson
10:45 Ms. West, Jay Watson, Jason Rowell
11:00 Andrea Rowell, Renee Tice, Amber Tice
11:15 Jessica, Kelly Flemming, Kendra Altepeter
11:30 John Altepeter, Jana West, Clint Jennings
11:45 Mist Benz,
12:00 Will Benz, Chris Thomas, Aaron Calhoun
12:15 Kim Thomas, Betty Dye, Tony Dye
12:30 Tyler Goostree, David Watson, BJ Dye
12:45 Maggie Hobrat, Vivek Chandra
1:00 Deitra Mixer, Heather Littlefield, Mark Littlefield, Beth Knapp
1:15 Mary Koellein, Jason Tucker, Aimee Butler
1:30 Sara Smyly, Stephan Butler, Dub Hoover,
1:45 Lew Moore, Blair Smyly, Leanne Cullom
2:00 Jennifer Baker, Bruce Cullom
TBD Julie Carter, Bram Baker
Thursday, February 5, 2009
When I think back to last March when we first found out about Colby's heart, I never would have dreamed he would be doing this well at 6 months old. I know he still has a long road ahead of him, but if the last 6 months are any indication, I am positive that he will make it through everything with a smile on his face! He is such an inspiration! Happy 6 months Birthday, Colby!
As Brody puts it, "Colby go night night in big bed!" Brody loves to "Hi Colby" (hug on him) in his bed before we get him up in the morning.