Ethiopian Sunrise from the roof of the Hilton

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Home again!

We were able to bring Praise home from the hospital yesterday, she is doing much better now. The change in how she's been feeling over the last couple of weeks and how she looks and feels now is so drastic. The congestion in her lungs and sinuses is completely gone. Thanks for your prayers. It is good to be home, we pray that she will stay better for a while.

The Doctors at the hospital that saw her in December said she looks like a different child, we take for granted how she has grown. Here are before and after pictures. The first picture was taken when she was in the hospital in early December when she first got home. The second picture was taken at the end of January.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Back to the hospital

Yesterday I took Praise to the ER with a fever of 104.6, she was admitted so they could find the source of her infection. She is on IV antbiotics and seems to be improving. She may be home tomorrow. The good news is her immune sytem seems to be holding it's own. Her CD4 counts were up to 2139 which is normal! Please pray for her full recovery.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Health Update

The HIV numbers are in. Her CD4 counts are up, which is her good immune cells. The HIV numbers are up from 35,000 to 48,000 but the Dr says that is not a significant increase. She is not even being treated for HIV right now so the immprovement in her immune system is from good food and love (via God's grace).

She has had a cold and runny nose since Jan 28th and she also has a rash on her face. She is happy and singing and playing. We will be having her evaluated developmentally in the next few weeks and then she will be getting some therapy to help her catch up with things like walking and speech.

Praise has been a blessing to our family, she is such a joy to have around. If we had to do it all over again we would. I wish other families would consider adopting HIV+ children. It is not all that hard and people shouldn't be scared of it. These kids just need a chance. If anyone is even thinking about it, they should be encouraged to go for it! In a few years I am sure this will be like any other special needs adoption and it will become more popular, especially when people see how well the children do.