Latest update from Jeannie Myers, Brandi’s mom, who also posted HERE ON BRANDI’S PUBLIC FACEBOOK PAGE:
Thank you all so much for praying. I’m sorry we haven’t been able to email; our computer went kaput when we tried to send an update, and we were just now able to have it fixed.
Picking up Brandi from the orphanage~
Driving away from the orphanage~
On the plane flight, she gradually became more and more lethargic.
The moment Brandi became a US citizen~
By the time we were standing in line for Immigrations, she was cold and pale. We made the decision to drive on down to UVA, but halfway there her breathing became more shallow, and she eventually became unresponsive. If you can imagine us barreling down the highway at 80 mph in a full-size van with the baby sleeping in the middle seat, Dan in the backseat trying to wake Brandi and me up front trying to hold it together and resist the urge to go 90, you can begin to understand how thankful we are for your prayers. (Those of you who have seen me drive KNOW angels were involved.)
When we arrived at the ER, Brandi’s temperature was 90 degrees F. They started IV fluids and two powerful broad-spectrum antibiotics, initially diagnosing her with sepsis, a blood infection. So far, cultures taken that night are coming back negative. If they are still clear tomorrow, she can stop receiving antibiotics. She is much better now and has been moved from Pediatric ICU to a regular Peds floor.
She has been given a new NG tube and is receiving Pediasure, a liquid food replacement formula, every three hours. Her blood is drawn every 12 hours to check her electrolytes, and her IV fluids are adjusted to help even out her potassium and phosphorus levels as her body adjusts to a different kind and amount of nutrition. This should prevent refeeding syndrome.
She cannot properly swallow and will need a G-tube placed surgically as a long-term feeding solution. It can eventually be removed if she learns how to eat on her own.
The other GI issue of concern is a possible bowel blockage.
Well, I’ll spare you the rest of the medical details, except to say that we are very grateful for the team of specialists here who are addressing her many needs. She will likely be in the hospital for another week of tests and procedures; then we can go HOME!
Please pray for our older three children, who are missing Mama and a little disappointed about Christmas in the hospital, although they adore their new sister. They are in gowns and gloves in this picture because Brandi is a MRCA carrier and is on isolation.
Meeting her new siblings~
This means that the children cannot go to common areas like the family lounge or playroom and must wear those spiffy outfits the entire time they are hanging out in Brandi’s little room. Our plan to have the whole family at the hospital is not working out. But some very generous friends have gifted us with a two-night stay at a hotel near the hospital, so we can have Christmas together as a family!
-that the doctors can discover the source of the pain Brandi’s been having for the last 24 hours
– her electrolytes would continue to stabilize so she can lose the IV
– she handles anesthesia okay for a short procedure tomorrow
– that we and the doctors would have wisdom in prioritizing her needs
– that the many doctors, nurses, and therapists who have heard about God’s goodness and greatness through Brandi will seek Him
– as we receive more and more information about the damage neglect and abuse has done to our child, that anger at the injustice will not turn into bitterness
– above all, that God is glorified in our family and in our hearts – that we would continually remember His mercy in sending His Son to redeem us and bring justice
–Jeannie and Dan
First time in a wheelchair~