Monday, July 21, 2008

Zack's white blood cells are on the upswing, doubling in one day. Very encouraging news!

The doctors have narrowed down the diagnosis to pneumonia and are trying to determine which type he has. He's getting lots of rest now and the oxygen mask he's using is helping a lot.

Zack was moved to the pediatric ICU late Sunday night. He was having trouble breathing and wasn't getting enough oxygen in his bloodstream. Earlier in the night, he received a transfusion of red blood cells in the hope that the extra blood would help move oxygen through his veins.

Zack's grandma arrived this afternoon from Pacifica and is staying with us. Thank you, Grandma. (And thank you Grandpa for loaning her to us!)

We are exhausted and more than ready to go home. Hospital stays are anything but restful...Machines are always beeping and someone always seems to want to take something, explain something or administer something. It's a bit like the stateroom scene but no hard boiled eggs or manicures.

We love reading all the comments. Thank you everyone for sending positive thoughts, jokes, etc.

By the way, cell phones are banned in the ICU but I will check messages periodically.


Cristina said...

Hey - I'm so glad grandmas there with you guys! Murphy and I are going to go keep grandpa company later this week :).

love you,
Aunt Cristina

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you both and wishing I was there...juggling badly, cracking jokes and/or playing cards! Love, Frank

Anonymous said...

Dear Zack & Maria, I just got your blog site from Chrissy...this is too cool. Zacky you look good and the pictures are great, it's a good way to see what happenin and how things are going! I'm glad Kathleen is there cause grandpa came over and had a drink with Tony.....2 stooges, right? Keep getting strong...and before you know it you will be home. Love Carol and the gang

Tony said...

Some choice Looney Tunes quotes for ya!

Daffy Duck

He doesn't have to shoot me now!

You got thirty-two teeth, would you like to try for sixteen?

Rabbit au gratin, du jour under tooled leather. Drool, Drool!

Bugs Bunny

Sir Loin of Beef, Earl of Cloves, Baron of
Munchausen, Milk of Magnesia, Quarter of Ten.

Ya know, some day scientists are gonna invent
something that will outsmart a rabbit!

Foghorn Leghorn

That's the first time somebody else shot my mouth off!

That boy’s about as sharp as a bowling ball!

She’s built like the road from Fort Worth to Dallas. No Curves!

Anonymous said...

Zack and Maria - Hope things are getting better and that you guys get to go home soon! We wish we could be there..... can't wait to see you in August. Mocha, Maya and Oscar send hugs and kisses, too!
Courtney, Mike, Mocha, Maya, and Oscar