Well, Ginny and I have broken down, and, for the first time in five years of marriage, we have cable TV! We also now have internet. Therefore we will be updating the blog more often so everybody is in the know on Eliot's life and in the know on how they can pray for him.
WE PLAN ON UPDATING EACH WEDNESDAY (so there's some help to those who have been checking everyday & getting mad at us).
We have been home a week now, and must admit that, although Eliot often asks of the whereabouts of his NICU nurses, we have loved being home. We packed up today (oxygen and all) and went for a big outing to the pediatrician. It was was the first venture out for Eliot since being home. He did splendid...sleeping and being cute, as usual. To mark the occasion, as well as introduce Eliot to the finer things of life, we headed to Starbuck's for a Mooney family outing. It was great, and we thoroughly enjoyed the hint of normalcy...the fam goes out for coffee.
As far as care goes, Eliot is on oxygen and is fed through his feeding tube. His feedings are timed in order to not feed him too fast. Each feeding takes 1.5 hour (preparation, feeding, etc) and he eats every three hours. That's right, quick mathematicians, that's feeding or getting ready to feed for half of the day. It's really quite simple and he is able to do whatever while he is feeding. Mom & dad have had a crash-course lesson in nursing and parenting, and have loved the chance to learn how to best take care of Eliot.
Ginny and I cannot begin to express the gratitude that we have for each of you that have showed your love to us and our son. Letters, gifts, meals, visits, blog posts. You may never know how much you all have encouraged us. Thank you. Most of all we have been encouraged by the vast numbers of people praying for Eliot. We've had reports of prayers rising on behalf of Eliot from New York to L.A., and even Russia, believe it or not. We continue to need and ask for your prayers.
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People have inquired as to if Eliot is better or if the doctor's have changed their tune as to his surprising strength and condition. The simple answer is no. His condition is one that is not considered "viable for life". Therefore, each day is truly a miracle, and we have experienced multiple miracles along the way. He has a laundry list of complications, but continues to surprise. Therefore, we ask for healing, continued life, and grace to see life as our Father does.
At some time in the future we hope to share with you all that Eliot has taught us, but, for now we continue to enjoy each minute and be students of his precious life.
Matt & Ginny