*Stellan was moved to step-down ICU and should be moved to the reg. pediatric floor soon!
*After blowing his IV they decided that he did not need another one!
*Stellan is no longer on the anti-biotics
*Stellan no longer needs tons of oxygen, so he is getting much much less!
*Stellan gets to nurse at his next feeding
THANK YOU JESUS FOR ANSWERING OUR PRAYERS AND TURNING THE CORNER FOR BABY STELLAN! PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Posted by missing africa at 4:32 PM
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Stellan is holding in there... they recently turned down his oxygen from 6 to 5 liters per hour. He is still at 50% oxygen. He was able to have 1 oz of Pedialyte, with the possibility of having mama-milk sometime soon. Please continue to keep the whole MckFamily in your prayers... fore more updates go to MckMama's blog www.mycharmingkids.net
Posted by missing africa at 7:28 PM
Monday, December 29, 2008
Stellan has a very bad case of RSV (Eli was hospitalized for 5 days last year, and we caught it at the very beginning and one of the babies I cared for in Kenya died of it... so although it is a common childhood sickness, it can be quite serious) which stands for respiratory syncytial virus. He continues to be in distress...he is on oxygen and is borderline needing to be sedated and put on a ventilator to get oxygen to his lungs more effectively.
Please keep praying for this MIRACLE BABY!!!
Posted by missing africa at 7:33 PM
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Please PRAY 4 BABY STELLAN
he is in the hospital (while on vacation to MckMama's parents house, so away from his doctors) awaiting to hear if Stellan has a really bad cold, rsv, or if it is related to the heart conditions he had while she was pregnant for him (but was born with ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH HIM...TOTAL MIRACLE BABY). Stellan's symptoms of coughing, wheezing, having low oxygen sats, choking, and struggling for breath (Signs of a terrible cold that may or may not be RSV...still waiting on that) have now taken a back seat to the fact that Stellan's heart rate is running around 220, way too high.
God has His hand on this precious child and right now I want to pray for him...
Dear Lord, You have already worked miracles in this precious baby's little life. You have allowed so many of us to be a part of this family, due to praying for his very life while he was still being formed in the womb. Right now I just want to come to You and ask that You will do a miracle again. You are the Great Physician an I pray that you will please heal each one of his symptoms (coughing, wheezing, low oxygen, and high heart rate. Please give the Doctors wisdom as they are working along side of his doctors back home. Please give the whole MckFamily (and extended family) peace and comfort during this difficult time of waiting! Thank you for caring and loving for each of your children. I pray that this situation will bring you glory, that is why we choose to praise you in this difficult storm. Amen
Posted by missing africa at 7:57 AM
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
CHRISTMAS CARD PICTURE OF THE FAMILY
CHRIS HAS WANTED TO MAKE HIS NOTICEABLE ENTERANCE WEARING THIS "BEAUTIFUL" GREEN COAT... SO HE WORE IT PROUDLY TO THE CHRISTMAS PARTY AS A JOKE!
IT WAS 77 DEGREES SO ELI WAS JUST WEARING A DIAPER... TALK ABOUT CHRISTMASTIME WEATHER... AS THE REST OF THE COUNTRY IS FREEZING... WE ARE ROASTING!
SO I KNOW I AM A BIT BIAS... BUT I THINK HE IS ONE CUTE KID!
ELI WAS WATCHING THE CHRISTMAS COOKIES BAKE...
ETHAN DECORATED THEM SO NICELY... HE DIDN'T EVEN MIX THE DIFFERENT COLORS OF ICING (HE IS ONLY 5)
OUR SWEET LITTLE PUMPKIN IS GETTING SO BIG!
Posted by missing africa at 10:42 PM
Monday, December 22, 2008
ok so i am totally not writing my Not Me! Monday on Tuesday night... and of course i would never change the "publish" date so that it says i posted this post on Monday! so join in on all of the fun, and since its been a little hectic with the holidays rolling just around the corner... my Not Me! Monday is coming a little late (but only those of you who actually keep up with my blog will know the truth)!
to follow MckMama and all her friends who also participate in Not Me! Monday's please hop over to her blog and get ready laugh along!
today i most certainly did not tear up at the mere embarrassment of Eli's first true public temper-tantrum! lets just say you could hear him screaming for 10+ minute clear across the room and nothing would distract him or calm him down until this elderly man, who looked like he could have been homeless, came over and started talking to him... that was not us in kroger today!
oh i forgot to post this one a few weeks ago... but i totally did not reach in the back seat to give Eli something just to hit a curb (of course those HUGE ones that jump right out in front of you) right where the drain is located... all to dent my rim so bad that it immediately deflated my tire... oh all on the way to the pediatrician office... that was not me who hit the drain and then drove around on my doughnut for a few days acting like nothing was wrong... oh and i definitely would not have gone to franks car wash with a doughnut on my car!
i am not craving meat so much that i wake up wanting it, dreaming about hamburgers, nor eating a package of turkey bacon within 3 days... nope not me!
i did not just send my Christmas cards out yesterday, i mean today (it being Monday and all), nor did we just take the family picture this past weekend. nope its not me who is behind!
oh and dont let Joanne tell you that i found a thank you card that i wrote her right after Eli was born, but just gave it to her the other day... that was not me!
Posted by missing africa at 9:36 PM
Monday, December 15, 2008
~ i would never neglegect to clean my house, leave the dishes over night, or even leave 4 loads of clean laundry unfolded on the love-seat in our bedroom, because that would be discusting... nope Not Me!
~ i would not put eli down for the night fully clothed without even changing his diaper, just because he fell asleep at the Christmas play we went to see on Sunday night called: This Man Called Jesus (at Lexington Baptist Church... its amazing!)... nope thats Not Me! either
~ while under lock down for 2 hours at Barnes and Noble (yes, LOCK DOWN, because there was an armed gunman robbing a store next door and was on the loose before the cops showed up, so they kept us safe and sound inside the building so they could search high and low for the man... to no avail!) i most certainly did NOT allow eli to pull all these toys and books off the shelves, even after a worker gave me the most annoyed look on her face... hey at least my son was not screaming! (and besides the fact i did put them all away where they belonged)... nope, it is Not Me! who is ok with messes
~ speaking of messes and clanging noises, its Not Me! who is allowing eli to make a mess to my newly cleaned house by spreading all the extra coupons i did not use and all my pots and pans and granola bars all over the floor... nope Not at our house
this is all fictional and would never be depicting the reality of the Steyne household...
Posted by missing africa at 10:13 PM
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
some of the words might be cut off the screen. click on youtube if you cant see the whole thing or read below to read the uncut version.
"When I think of Africa, the following images immediately come to mind: Starvation. AIDS. Child soldiers. Genocide. Sex slaves. Orphans. From there, my thoughts naturally turn to how I can help, how I can make a difference. "I am needed here," I think. "They have so little, and I have so much." It's true, there are great tragedies playing out in Africa everyday. There is often a level of suffering here that is unimaginable until you have seen it, and even then it is difficult to believe. But what is even harder is reconciling the challenges that many Africans face with the joy I see in those same people. It's a joy that comes from somewhere I cannot fathom, not within the framework that has been my life to this day.
The images spilling out of my television showed circumstances that could seemingly only equal misery, and I was fooled. I bought into the lie that circumstance defines happiness. The truth is, in Africa I find hearts full of victory, indomitable spirits. In places where despair should thrive, instead I find adults dancing and singing, and children playing soccer with a ball crafted of tied up trash. Instead of payback, I find grace. Here, weekend getaways are not options to provide relief from the pains of daily life. Relationships and faith provide joy. Love is sovereign.
My new reality… I know now that my joy should have no regard for my circumstances. I'm ashamed by my lack of faith, but at the very same moment I am excited by my new pursuit. I'm forced to redefine the meaning of having much or having little. I'm uneasy with the prospect of change and of letting go, but just the thought of freedom is liberating. I want what I have learned to trickle down from my head into my heart - I no longer want to need the "next thing" to have joy.
I'm not saying that Africa does not need our efforts. It absolutely does need our partnership. But for me, I've come to understand that I NEED AFRICA MORE THAN AFRICA NEEDS ME. Why? Because it is Africa that has taught me that possessions in my hands will never be as valuable as peace in my heart. I've learned that I don't need what I have and that I have what I need. These are just a few of this continent's many lessons. I came here to serve and yet I've found that I have so much to learn, and Africa, with all its need, has much to teach me."
Posted by missing africa at 12:37 PM
Monday, December 08, 2008
today is the beginning of yet another wonderful winter week, oh so please do NOT tell me because i live in SC, i do not know about real winters! i know, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
even though monday's are most people's least favorite weeks, but for me, a stay at home mom, i actually like them... but that is all due to the fact that i am most certainly NOT addicted to Mckmama's blog! join in on the fun and go read her Not Me! Monday stories
the stories below are most definitely fictional and would NOT be anything that really happened in our house this past week!
i am absolutely NOT hormonal in any way shape or form... so these things did NOT actually happen, they are just a figment of your imagination!
i did NOT cry during the song Christmas shoes, by newsong! NOR did i just bawl my eyes out watching the video on youtube as i write this!
i did NOT cry watching pursuit of happiness last night, while cutting out coupons on the living room floor!
i did NOT get so worried about Chris being late, that when he got home, while i was in the shower, that i jumped out soaking wet, holding Eli and obviously carrying our little pumpkin, just to make my point (in an angry and NOT so loving way) that he needs to call if he is going to be late!
Eli absolutely did NOT urinate on his bedroom floor, after a shower, and say uh-oh!
Eli is always so wonderful and quiet on car rides, so it was NOT him who screamed all the way (1 1/2 hours) home from Charlotte, after a long day of Christmas shopping with all the ladies in the family!
Chris did NOT contemplate building a stand for the Christmas tree, so that its off the ground and Eli nor the dogs would be able to reach it! We would NOT need to do that, because our son does NOT get into EVERYTHING!
Eli has NOT woken me up many nights this week from the 3-5am time frame... no, because he is a fantastic sleeper... or should i say he used to be a fantastic sleeper?
i did NOT nurse Eli, while carrying him in a sling, walking through walmart, hoping that they would come stop me, like they did with another nursing mom and force her to go to a dressing room! she did NOT get so mad that she went to WIS tv station and reported the incident to walmart headquarters, because according to the state of SC a mother is allowed to nurse in public! i was NOT testing out my pregnancy hormones, just waiting for someone to stop me! nope NOT ME!
oh and please do NOT let anyone tell you that i actually edited this post about 5 times! NOR am i pretending that Eli does NOT have his 3rd poopy diaper for the day and that i just want to finish this post!
now its your turn, since i was so brutally honest, to share your stories of what did NOT happen in your house this week!
Friday, December 05, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
would you even know where the Congo is located, if i asked you?
please take the 12 min to watch this heart-wrenching video. somehow the Congo has escaped our news, even though more people have died there, than Iraq, Afghanistan, and Darfur combined!
i cannot sit still and not help, even if my help may only be prayers, instead of physically be there, i know that the God i serve is the same God that holds the precious Congolese people!
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Posted by missing africa at 1:05 PM
Monday, December 01, 2008
So most of the participants of Not Me! Monday can't wait until midnight when it first turns from Sunday to Monday... well this Mama is up late tonight, with my Sweet little man sleeping next to me, as I am listening to Chris Rice, and as we have kicked Chris out of bed as we will be up every 3 hours tonight for medicine. So here goes my Not Me! Monday... if you want to read the founder of this wonderful therapeutic humor visit MckMama's blog for all the rules to join in or others to read!
I am most certainly not a selfish person who complained about not having any "MY" time today as my excuse to get on the computer to blog...even though I visited with a dear friend from Philly sipping starbucks coffee and enjoying our sweet little men!
I would never let Eli eat 1/2 of a bag of baby carrots in one evening!
We definitely did not lose the tv remote at the mountain house we stayed at last week... and if we did we did not search high and low and in every nook and cranny for well over 2 hours... even searching through all of the nasty thanksgiving trash (you know the oh so nasty turkey parts that some of my family members like to eat)... still to no avail.
I did not set up Eli's pack-n-play in the laundry room of the very large, three story, log cabin, that sleeps 10 comfortably, because that would be crazy (hey it was the only dark room as non of the bedrooms had curtains... you know you are in the boonies when there are no curtains to be found)
This did NOT just happen to me as i wrote my Not Me! Monday...
Eli did not just wake up and want to nurse... then throw up the antibiotic i gave him before bed, along with dinner! i did not gag so much that i had to run to the toilet praying i would not lose my dinner too! i did not see bono gagging as he sat on the edge of my bed as i cleaned up the floor. no this is NOT HOW MY MONDAY OFFICIALLY ENDED... off to bed and praying for an uneventful night!
Posted by missing africa at 11:52 PM