10/29/09: Updated

Both Juliana and Zoe were stable yesterday and through the night. Juliana received her second dose of medicine to close herย Ductus arteriosusย and is scheduled to receive the next dose shortly depending on her platelet count and other indicators. Once her ductus is closed, her heart and lungs will work easier and more efficiently. Zoe has improved her sodium and potassium levels and is able to have her oscillator settings slowly weaned down. She is fighting well. Jen has been discharged today and is feeling much better.

4:45 update:

I got a chance to talk to the attending neonatologist this afternoon about the girls. Juliana has ended her “honeymoon” period. Usually when a baby is born premature, they have a few days of extra high activity and strength, and then they get tired. For Juliana, it just means her ventilator rate has been increased to make it easier for her to breathe so she doesn’t get too tired. She is also on approximately 24% oxygen. The air you and I breathe is 21%, so needs minimal help to keep her oxygenation at a good level. She did receive the 3rd dose of the medication to close her ductus and they did an electrocardiogram to check if it worked. The results will come in tonight.

The neonatologist also talked to me about Zoe’s brain hemorrhage. She said that 30-40% will resolve themselves, while the remainder can have some of the neurological damage typical of a brain injury. Her settings are slowly being weaned and she is responding well. They are giving her every chance in the world to survive.

Jen had some fun in the unit this afternoon. Jenny, the nurse for Juliana, let Jen change Juliana’s diaper and take her temperature. She was thrilled.

28 thoughts on “10/29/09: Updated

  1. Elaine Janzen, pianist for the Master Chorale and a member of the SAU orchestra wanted me to send this message to you:
    Dear Relatives of Dear Friends: We are very very sorry you have to go through this terrible ordeal. We are praying for you always as your lives will be forever changed. May the Lord with his knowledge and healing touch put his arms of love around you and give you peace and comfort. We are friends of Shirley, Ray and Laurie. You are not in this situation alone. We are praying for you. Lovingly, Elaine Janzen

  2. Praise God for these positive updates! Continuing to uphold you guys in prayer. Glad to hear Jen was able to be discharged.

    I’m generally over in your neck of the woods a couple of times a week, so if you need anything (laundry, Sophie fed, whatever), please let me know. Anything I can do so you guys don’t have to, so you can focus on your babies, let me know!

  3. Jason, thanks so much for posting these updates. I love you guys, and like everyone else, am praying for you all the time. There are a bunch of people at the Times Free Press lifting you up in prayer, as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. YEAH!!! So glad to hear the girls are stable and that Jen was able to be discharged! Hope Jen recovers quickly from her c-section!

    I spent some time last night reading up on 24 week babies — so very precious! God has truly blessed you guys!


  5. FANTASTIC NEWS! Glad to hear the girls are stable and Jen is able to be discharged. You are surrounded with love both near and far. We continue to uplift you and your precious family in prayer.

  6. We love you all very much. We can’t wait to meet both the girls. You are all in my heart every second of every day and there is a constant heart cry to God. Again, you are loved.

  7. Dear Jason, Jennifer and Vida
    When Jesus comes, the angel will place the babies back in
    their mother’s arms (from the Spirit of Prophecy, I don’t
    remember which book, but I have read that) May you be of
    much courage and strength. The Review is praying for you all, also. God is good, all the time.

  8. Dear Jen and Jason and family,

    This is an encouraging update. Thank you for posting so faithfully, Jason.

    Jennifer, when you get a chance, please read my email to you. I sent it through FB. Too long and personal to put on a public forum.



  9. Dear Jen & Jason: I’m delighted you’ve been discharged and are feeling better and that the babies are doing so well. Here’s an encouraging quote from Ellen White. “As the little infants come forth immortal from their dusty beds, they immediately wing their way to their mother’s arms. They meet again nevermore to part.” 2SM 260. On that glad morning, what a joy it will be to see Jesus, then hug Karen, and holding Eden in your arms, suddenly lift off to go home to heaven. Right now, we are hugging you in our hearts and praying that Jesus will send extra angels to surround those two isolettes in the NICU to make sure Juliana and Zoe thrive and grow strong. Aunt Shirley & Uncle Bob

  10. Jen and Jason,

    I’m so encouraged to hear that things are looking up. We have been continuing to uplift your whole family in prayer and hope things continue to get better. I know how hard a c-section can be and hope that the recovery process goes well.

    God Bless

    Katie Torchia

  11. i’m so happy to have an update on jen! thrilled that she had a good experience in the nicu today. hang in there guys! thinking about you constantly. blessings …

  12. Dear Jason and Jen,

    We were so thrilled to hear the encouraging update. Thank you Jason for posting them. I check often to see how things are going. We are lifting you and Jenn and the babies up in prayer during our nightly family worships as well as during the day. I remember well our “NICU” days and so I was glad to hear that Jenn was able to help with Juliana’s care. It makes you feel more like a “mommy” then just being on the side line. We love you all so very much and if there is anything at all that we can do please let us know.

    Todd, Lynette, Wyatt, Logan, and Sierra

    P.S. You tell those sweet girls that we love them and can’t wait to meet them. As a former 1 pound 3 ounce preemie over 40 years ago, I know that God can work miracles. Our family will be praying for a similar miracle for those sweet baby girls!

  13. I have added you and the girls to my prayer journal. I feel a special connection to you as my daughter is Jenny and her husband is Jason AND I lived in Hagerstown from 1964 til I married there in 1971. I currently live in Chattanooga.

    I too have read the EGW statement about angels bringing babies/children to their parents in the 2nd Coming. It is a special comfort to me having lost babies in miscarriage and more recently a 3y old grandson. There are Psalms that tell us God weeps when we weep, and that HE CRIES WHEN ANY OF hIS CHILDREN DIE!

    It is so hard not knowing why, and faith and our community of family and friends and knowing what the “rest of the story” is what keeps us hanging on. Please know that there are many people lifting you all up many times a day.

  14. That’s wonderful news guys! Thanks so much for the updates. Enjoy every moment with those precious girls. God is Good!

  15. Jen and Jason,

    Warmest regards and many, many, many prayers for you and your family. We’re with you every step of the way. And the entire Hollywood SDA Church is praying for you.

    Brian and Brianne Lauritzen

  16. Praise the Lord for good news! Still constantly in prayer for you and the girls.

  17. I’m so glad to hear some optimistic news. My friends and I have been praying for you all! And we just had prayer for both of you and the girls at my Bible study too. May God grant you comfort and strength.


  18. You and your precious girls are in our prayers!! I’m so glad to hear they are doing well, and you got to change a diaper woo-hoo!!! You may already know this, but something that I wish I’d known about when my girls were in NICU (nowhere near as tiny as yours, I know) was Kangroo Care, where you wear a button-down shirt (or no shirt) and place the baby right against your skin and wrap you & baby both in a blanket to keep baby warm (and you covered). Some doctors feel that the very small preemies are too fragile for this, but there are amazing stories about how it has helped even babies who were thought to have no chance, please at least talk to the NICU staff about it if you haven’t already.

  19. Dear Jen and Jason,

    I’ve been thinking about you all day on our drive to Toronto, and as soon as I got here had to check your site. Thank you for giving us updates. We’ve been praying constantly for you and your babies. We were happy to learn that they are doing better. Hang in there. God is taking care of you and your precious little treasures. You are always in our thoughts and prayers.

    Danny and Ophelia

  20. I’m crying for you and what you’re going through. Praying that God will hold you in His hand and give all four of you the strength you need.

    Heidi Zinke

  21. Jason and Jen –

    Still praying for continued miracles for Zoe and Juliana. I hope you can feel the presence of all the extra angels that I’m sure are there in the NICU watching over them!
    Every day, person after person asks me if there is anything they can do to help you guys (beside praying of course) – so let us know. You are loved and being lifted up by SO MANY!
    I can’t imagine how tiny that diaper you changed must have been! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Hi Mrs. Payne and Mr. Payne,
    I know you’ve heard this a lot of times by now, but I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and praying for you two, Juliana and Zoe constantly. You are constantly in my thoughts. May God comfort you, give you strength and encouragement in this new stage of your life. Here in our little community of Santa Barbara, Honduras we are all praying for you. I love you guys and am praying praying praying! May His angels cover you with their wings and embrace you four in their tender loving care ๐Ÿ™‚

    With Love, Mandy Corea

  23. Lauren and I are so happy they are doing better, she doesn’t have internet so I’m keeping her updated. I’m sure the obstacles are not over yet, but God has given these girls to no better parents than you. Still praying, and we love you!

    Lauren (Stough) King + Julie Quackenbush

  24. How exciting to get to change a diaper!!!! Wow, such a tiny diaper that must have been!

    So thankful for the updates. It helps to focus prayers!

  25. Jason and Jennifer,
    My heart aches reading your story. I’m SO sorry for your loss. Baby Eden will be placed in your arms when Jesus comes again.
    I used to work as a NICU nurse. Then our daughter was born at 27 weeks and she sustained a Grade IV bleed to her brain on one side and Grade II on the R side.
    She had a blood clot that took 3 months to go away. I remember being completely terrified and everyday was like living in a bad dream. We too were told our daughter would be catastrophically abnormal. I couldn’t find many positive storieson the Internet, so I just wanted you to know our daughter did end up with hydrocephalus and had a temporary shunt and then a VP shunt placed around her due date. She is 20 months now and is a little miracle. She is completely fine, but still has her shunt. I would love to offer any support or answer any questions that you might have. Hang in there. Lean on God and He will strengthen you both. Praying for you and your girls.
    Sincerely, Jeff and Monica Peeke

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