Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Darrell Update

The last couple of weeks I've made several trips to the hospital in Houston to care for Darrell.
Since fighting pneumonia and being hospitalized three times, he was given a gastric feeding tube. His lungs are weak and he has a tendency to aspirate food particles.
Darrell recently pulled the feeding tube out for the second time. This required surgery, again, to replace it. His weight has gone from 120 pounds to 85 pounds.
The ER and nursing staff as well as his doctors have gotten to know him, his limitations and his behavior. Unless restrained, Darrell will pull out the IV and other tubes, grab and pinch someone and will bite. He also has an unusual range of motion and will kick anyone who is "messing" with him.
On the bright side, Darrell responds to voices by turning his head and says "Hi".
Darrell's physical and mental limitations are all due to Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Please spread the word, DON'T SHAKE THE BABY!


  1. I am keeping him and you lifted in prayer. What a handsome lad despite all his illness. I don't understand how someone could do that to a baby. Thanks for keeping us posted.

  2. I am so sorry to hear this. I will pray for both of you.