Friday, December 11, 2009

Sorry, but this will have to be a short post today. I know a lot of your are looking for updates, and I wanted to make sure that we got something out for you all.

Olivia successfully made it through her shunt placement surgery yesterday. The doctor said that everything is working great and the fluid pressure is being removed from the brain. Within a matter of hours we could start to see signs of improvement and Olivia gripped Jodi's finger for the first time. Jodi even noticed that Olivia had her father's long eyelashes. At first, I didn't realize that would be a big deal, but all of the nurses assured me that it would be "critical".

Speaking of nurses, you are truly the hearts and compassion of our country's hospitals. The compassion and care that we have been shown has touched our hearts in unexplainable ways. There is no way that we could feel as comfortable as we do without their sincereity.

Olivia still has a long road ahead. Our goals for the next few days will be to reduce her dependence on the respirator, show a little more spunk, and open her eyes for the first time.

We will continue to update the post as we can when new news comes.

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Jodi and I have been touched by the outpouring of support.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Adam and Jodi,
I am so glad to hear the success of Olivia's shunt placement and that you are receiving fabulous care. I knew you would at Riley. I can't wait to hear about Olivia's continued progress. I have recruited everyone I know to include her in their prayers. Lots of love, hugs and kisses to all of you including your Mom and Dad!! Tell them congrats also.

Love Berries

Megan said...

Jodi,
What a special moment for you and Olivia. She knows her Mommy, and she is just beautiful!

Love,
Megan

Jamie said...

Jodi,
Olivia knows your voice and smell. That moment you shared was equally as powerful for Olivia. She is blessed to have the strength that you and Adam have. What an amzaing family! She is precious. Love the hair and cant wait to see the lashes!
jamie, Rusten and Taylor Smith

Melisa said...

Adam and Jodi
Olivia is beautiful and love all of her hair. The picture of her holding Jodi's hand brought tear to my eyes. Looking forward to seeing more pictures and continued prayer and thoughts to the three of you!!!

Love
Melisa

Megan said...

Congratulations, Adam and Jodi! Still praying for Baby Olivia's strength and for you. This has to be so hard. Olivia is SO blessed to have such strong and loving parents. It's so true that God doesn't give you things you can't handle without Him. He knew you were exactly the right ones for Olivia. Looking forward to meeting your sweet baby girl, and Adam, you better start planning on how you're gonna protect her from Grant! ;)

Lots of Love,
The Kutschers

Frank and Jeanne Halik said...

Adam and Jodi and Olivia,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you every minute. Olivia is so beautiful (but we knew she would be!) She is so blessed with such amazing parents in you, and she is such an amazing blessing for you! We look forward to seeing you and meeting little Olivia. Lots of love to you all from the The Halik's, Frank, Jeanne, Jacob, Lily, and Greyson

brwelk1 said...

hey adam -- i dont' know if you remember me, but i have been following you and jodi through the kutcher's site -- have been praying and will continue to, that all goes very well for olivia. she is a sweetie.
blessings to you all.

Barb Welk

Jenny said...

Jodi and Adam, we hope you can feel all of our prayers. You are constantly on the minds of all of us at school. Olivia is beautiful and the picture of her tiny hand wrapped around Jodi's is so precious. Thank you so much for the updates.
Love,
Jenny