Dr. Armstrong

If Joey were wearing a white coat with a stethoscope draped around his neck, you’d think he was the NICU supervising doctor. He enters Finn’s room and immediately checks the vitals. He requests information from the nurse like a true neonatologist. “When’s the last time he was cathed? How many cc’s of residual? How are his lipids? We’ve reduced the Fentanyl to .15; how’s he reacting to the reduced pain meds? Ashley, get his temp, please. Incision site looks good…” I love this man. What a protector!

We’ve seriously come to know Finn’s “hands-on check” procedures and testing as well as his nurse. We’re thankful the nurses and doctors allow us (encourage us) to do as much of his care on our own. We love caring for him and there’s a lot of satisfaction in physically watching his heart rate drop and steady as soon as Joey or I touch him. The connection between baby and parent is amazing…one I’m sure many of you can attest to.

We’ve learned to get excited about the simplest of victories:

  • Head circumference decreased by .5 cm
  • They tried to take him off pain meds cold turkey…he was NOT happy, so he’s back on them, but in low doses
  • Increased his breast milk intake from 5 cc’s to 10
  • He sucked on a pacifier today
  • No residual pee in the catheter…his bladder is draining properly (Not in the clear, however. He may have the reverse problem: that his bladder won’t “shut.” We won’t know this until his one month urinalysis.”
  • He’s regulating his temperature on his own without the bed warmer

If not for this terribly debilitating spinal defect, Finn would be the healthiest kid on the block. Either way, he is loved and celebrated.

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18 thoughts on “Dr. Armstrong

  1. I was lucky to see Dr Armstrong in action last night. You’re right – that Daddy knows what he’s doing! I’m praying the circumference decreases again at his next measurement.

  2. Great news! I am glad for y’all. I love that you are letting us in on all of these details.
    Praise the Lord. And we keep praying!

  3. Joey & Ashley,
    What a precious little boy you have! Thank you for allowing us “in” on his story. Many many prayers have been and will be said f

  4. Praise the Father for each small improvement (are any of them small, I think not), so revised praise the Father for what He is doing. Thank you so much for sharing. Each day I can’t wait for your posts. No one can really grasp the relationship of a parents touch on a newborn. Keep up the good work and we’ll keep on praying for daily miracles.
    Love,
    Linda

  5. I’m glad to hear about Finn’s progress and not at all surprised to hear about Joey’s stellar care taking abilities. You guys are going to provide such a wonderful home for the little guy. 🙂

  6. Oh how I love this!! Its so true how a baby is co
    is comforted by the presence and touch of the parent. I am so thankful that you two are being so hands on because it is a healing touch for Finn! Praising God for what He has already done and begging Him for continued healing for Finn.

  7. I so look forward to each post. Thank you for taking the time to update your praying family. The three of you are constantly on my mind and in my prayers. Joey, you are a man of many talents!! God is equipping you both to take excellent care of His precious gift to you. Remember that Finn has a crown on his head placed there by God that makes him precious and unique. Embrace that as you celebrate each day and the progress that is made. Love to the three of you!

  8. Love being able to know what’s happening with your little guy! Nobody consoles a baby like the Mommy or Daddy! You bet he knows the touch of your hand and the sound of your voices. So glad you get to be hands on in his care! Praying constantly for you all and asking God to grant you every miracle possible!
    Much Love to you 3,
    Julie

  9. Love reading your story, you all are a beautiful couple and Mr. Finn is quite handsome! We are praying for you all!

  10. We are just hoping to be encouraging. Since birth we pray continually for Finn and you guys. Before every nap and bedtime and meals Kaizer (3 years old) tells us to pray for Joey and Ashley’s baby, and Jet (1) gladly adds in “Amen” everytime. He sounds like a wonderful little man, what a great treasure you have.

  11. Sweet friends, Marquette shared your blog with me. I am reading, praying, crying, aching, and hoping with you. Nothing compares to a parents unconditional love for a child. Finn is blessed beyond words to have the pair of you loving him. He is just beautiful!! Rooting for you all Team Armstrong. oxoxoxoxox

  12. Joey and Ashley,
    We wait in anticipation with you, pray with you, hope with you. I look at sweet Finn and see glimpses of both of you. I believe he has your fighting spirit. He and you are surrounded with love both near and far.
    Love,
    The Hortons (Amanda, Adam, Everett)

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