Saturday, September 27, 2008

Long Night...

Gavin did well with the removal of his line and they were able to place a temporary femoral line with little problem. Gavin has had a very rough night so far and is in need of some extra prayers. He is still having high fevers and his blood counts took a very large hit, which I think is causing his a lot of discomfort. For those who know the "numbers" his Hemoglobin went from 8.9 to 5.8, Platelets 109 to 44 and his White Count is 1. We are getting ready to hang some blood and I have requested some addition morphine to try to keep him comfortable.


In response to some of the comments I've been getting on this blog. I again want to state, as I have in the past on my personal blog, that this is a therapy for me -- a way to get it all out. You as readers in no way can understand my heart or intentions. Even if some think they may understand our situation and feel we can use your advice, unless you are standing beside Adam and I fighting for Gavin's life, you will never know what our life is like.
Adam and I absolutely treasure the positive support we receive here. Thank you for being apart of our lives.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Praying that you can get the much needed sleep and rest you need. Holding Gavin up continually that he can rest and be comforted. Praying for that special touch of healing for your precious boy. Hang in there. ~Marilyn & Randy

Anonymous said...

Karen -

We love your family so much! I am so glad that your blog is "never ending" - it helps us keep up to date on how to pray for all of you. I check it at least 2 or 3 times every day hoping for a new entry. I appreciate that both here and on your personal blog that you are REAL. I feel sad that you need to read such negative comments. You are an awesome mommie, wife, Christian, blogger, and example of how to be honest (not just stuffing the negative feelings that everyone experiences). Are you perfect? - no - and neither are the rest of us. Keep doing what you're doing and please know that there are many of us who don't comment often but who LOVE to read what you write!

Love,
Teri

Anonymous said...

I'm so sad that Gavin is so sick. I've been waiting and waiting for an update...so relieved that he made it through the OR well. I hope the Morphine kicks in and that you are able to get some rest.

As far as the nasty people...Oh my...it was me, wasn't it? Was it when I told you to bark?? I'm so sorry...*wink*. The people, in my opinion, that are rude or pushy or judgemental have their own set of issues. It's easier to focus on yours then theirs I bet. Blow them off. Can you block them? Or send me their emails...I'll give them a 'talkin' to.

Thinking of you constantly....

kate. (and gavin #2!)

Kirsten said...

Hey Karen,

So sorry that you need to be reading such ugliness when you are already going through so much. Mark and I laughed out loud when we read your entry about the can of...... We knew that you meant no disrespect to that woman. When things are intense some of us just need quiet to process our thoughts and have our prayer time. If certain people do not understand that too bad. Vent all you want to on here. You have that right. As always we are keeping all of you in our daily prayers and hope HOME comes soon.

Love you,
Kirsten, Mark and Family

kathleen said...

Praying for all of you. Gavin is so strong because of your resolve and determination. Don't let anyone take that from you.

Heather said...

Gavin and the rest of you are the number one priorities.Period.As I said in my emails,you all have far better things to put your time and energy into than the ramblings of someone who just doesn't get it.Prayers and love to you all.My god continue to shed His amazing grace upon you as you face each new day,each new moment.

Shari said...
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Shari said...

I posted a comment a bit ago, but the typos were awful. So I will try again! :)

I am so sorry people choose to pots ugly comments. They have no clue what you are going through. No one can even pretend to know that. I am so glad that you have a blog as an outlet. I thank you for being real and not 'stuffing' what's inside. I think it's important to 'air' all of your heart. I pray for your family daily! I enjoy praying and if that's all I can do to help, then I will continue. I love your family so much! You and Adam have taught me so many lessons through what you have been through. I keep those lessons close to my heart. I am praying you can get some much needed rest and that Gavin recovers quickly. Low counts can sure make someone feel icky! Take care and keep your chin up!

Anonymous said...

Praying for you all...
Katrina

Anonymous said...

Maybe Mr. or Mrs. anonymous would like to identify themselves for their posts in your previous blog!
THE NERVE of he or she!
Do they have any idea of what you struggle through each day?
When my kids have a stuffy nose, I think it's the worst.
There are many who love and pray for you guys daily, weekly, always. I enjoy your blog, because it IS who you are. There's no hiding or pretending. It's the real you! Keep going strong!!!!!
Cindy Cloen

Anonymous said...

Sending prayers your way.

Hugs, Barb Grimmie
(heard of Gavin through Gavin & Kate)

Anonymous said...

The people who leave those posts are obviously cowards as they never leave a name. They also apparently have a lot of free time on their hands, so they apparently don't have a child who struggles often to just be here and they also have a lot of darkness in them- but that's their issue, not yours. We're here to check on Gavin, and his family. We appreciate the updates/musings/votings/reminders this blog gives us. They will be rewarded one day, just not the way they think! Eileen

Chelsea Robinson said...

Hoping Gavin is feeling better right now..Thinking of you all...You guys are amazing...

Daniele Miesem said...

I'm following Gavin through Gavin Leong's mom's blogs... Thank you for sharing what you can, and know that my thoughts and positive energies are always with your family. You are an inspiration to me.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, and here we go again. The person who posted the nasty message about the never-ending blog... really? And yet you keep checking in to fill what void in your life? Praying for you...

And praying for Gavin and the entire Owen family, as they endure trouble from more than one source. Praying for a quiet, uneventful week for you...

Blessings,

N. Palhinha

debbie said...

I am so sorry you have to deal with negative comments. Thank you for updating when you can. We are praying for you, Gavin and your family.
God Bless.

Anita J. said...
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Anita J. said...

I removed my previous comment because I should have said:

May God forgive this person who appeared to withhold grace from you when they felt you withheld it from another.

And I am praying for Gavin. I remember my brother having his central line cleaned. It made me so nervous that I prayed nonstop the whole time they did it. I am so thankful that it went well. I will be praying for Gavin's numbers and for rest for both of you.

Laura said...

I don't even know you but knowing that one of my sisters and brother in Christ is struggling breaks my heart more than words can say. I am so sorry that anyone would be negative or say anything to you.
No one knows your struggle except you, your family, and the LORD. Its your journey. I find it a privalege that you allow us to be apart of it with you.
My name is Laura and I am praying for you right now. I ask that he would give you comfort and peace during this time.
Love in Christ,
Laura

Eric and Emily said...

Gavin's little life makes me sad every day, I don't know you, we've never met, but it breaks my heart! I have questioned God, I have wept for his very little life and for your family. Nothing makes me more sad than to see suffering.

However, A close second would be that we live among cold, heartless, cruel people that spend their days standing in judgment of something they couldn't possibly understand......and do it as "anonymous"! I pray, as always for Gavin and your family and I also pray for the lost souls that intentionally inflict more suffering on those already in desperate pain!

Pray for the lost souls friends!

Eric and Emily said...

P.S. Thank you for sharing your life with me, for sharing your family's life with me, for sharing Gavin's life with me! It brings me to my knees in prayer. I check on you daily, and I appreciate that you are brave enough to share your story! It makes me take a look at my mundane stay-at-home Mom life with a whole new perspective and gratefulness! Thank you Karen for being you! Your Sister in Christ, Emily

P.S.S. I hope Gavin's story is endless by the way!

Melody Milbrandt said...

Karen (and family) - I, like so many, do not know your family personally, but I pray for you everyday. I originally found you all through a positive post that your hubby put on Brody's blog. It was wonderful and I remember reading all through the rest of his posts and then all of sweet Gavin's and so forth. From that time on... I check the blogs each day. I understand what it is like to have your own precious gift from God so very ill and struggling. Oh Father God - there simply are not words...
Karen (and fam) you are doing an awesome job!!! The Lord looks down and smiles at your faithfulness, your perseverance, your spirit. He does not seek a perfect heart, but instead a pure one. You have shown, do show yourselves pure of heart. No matter what happens throughout the day or how hard the struggle is, you keep going back to Jesus. I am inspired, encouraged, and greatly blessed as I read each entry penned straight from your soul. It is we who are honored, lifted up, graced - by the privilege of being let into your amazing family's life. Thank you for it. Thank you for your never-ending pursuit, your transparency, your tears in sorrow and in joy. We speak out your names before the Almighty and claim the blood of Calvary over each of you (especially precious Gavin) in Jesus' holy name.
"...I have kept the faith...there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing." 2 Timothy 4:7,8
With prayers, hugs, and my respect - Melody in Missouri