Thursday, July 19, 2012

Remaining Stable

Since both Drake and Kennedy are doing ok, I have changed my blog frequency to once per day. This is a great thing since it means there is little to report. A calm day definitely gives us relief; however, after seeing what Drake is trying to get over, the constant threat of more infections continue to weigh on our minds.

Drake is continuing to do better and better each day. He lost 11 ounces of weight last night...all fluid from his body. It is nice to actually see his forehead again. He still has a lot more to lose, but is is going to be a slow process. They decided not to drain his knee as it would be too risky due to another potential infection where they drain it. The doctor said it should eventually go down. He is currently up to 6ml of milk every 3 hours. His body is tolerating the food very well and they will continue to go up every day. He also seems to be handling the small changes they made in his medication doses which helps with his electrolyte levels to make sure they do not get too low.

Kennedy had some issues today with her breathing tubes and kept losing oxygen saturation and dropping her heart rate. She kept the nurses busy all day. They eventually changed placement of her tubes and it seemed to help fix things. She is going up and up on her feedings but they are having to pay close attention to her digestive rate so they don't feed her more than she can handle in a short time.


  1. So good to hear that you all have had a calm day. Prayers continuing to go up for Drake and Kennedy....and U and Annie also! Hang in there Gilstrap family!

  2. Awesome news! Glad to hear that they are becoming more and more stable with each passing day, which I am sure is helping lift your spirits big time :) It is great to see our two little ones slowly but surely growing, having their bodies strengthen, and preparing them for when they are able to leave the hospital, and start their lives at home :)

    You four have endured such a battle so far, and I'm so happy to see everything going great still and God being behind you 100% right now :) Team Drake and Team Kennedy are doing great and will continue to do so :)

    Thanks for the update Brian, and keep being there for your two little ones. You and Annie have done such an amazing job, showing so much strength in this very hard time! Drake and Kennedy could not have two better parents then you two :)

  3. Yvonne MalmstromJuly 19, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    I was hoping that the no new is good news effect was still going! I've been checking throughout the day to check on you all. Keep going strong.

    Yvonne and Sydney

  4. It is so great to hear that Drake and Kennedy had a quiet day. Try to use this quiet time to relax, re-charge, and to enjoy your new little family! Prayers continue to be lifted up for the entire Gilstrap family! Go team Drake & team Kenndy! We love you!

  5. What good news! You are all so amazing. Thank you for keeping us all posted. I'm sure it is a challenge to stop for a quick moment and take your eyes off your precious little angela to keep us all updated on their progress. It is very much appreciated!

    God continues to have these beautiful babies! The Ogrodniks are praying everyday for God to give all four of you continues strength! Team Drake and Team Kennedy all the way!

  6. Two things...

    1. PRAISE GOD for continued progress!!
    2. GO KENNEDY & DRAKE!!!

  7. You don't know me, but we are friends of Jamie Peterson, and I wanted you to know how happy I am that your precious children are stable now. Our family has been praying for them, especially Drake, ever since we found out about your situation a week or so ago through FB. I am touched by you and your wife's faith, hope, and diligence. Our prayers are with you that you will continue to add good news and health to each day of your little ones.

  8. Continuing to pray for Both. SUCH PRECIOUS miracles from God! Kennedy & Drake you can do all things through Christ who will strengthen you!!!!

  9. I am so glad to hear Drake is doing better. Way to go buddy!!!! Kennedy keep up the good work!! My prayers are with the whole family. I read your blog everyday and I am completely inspired by each and everyone of you. God came do amazing things!!!!

  10. Daily praying that steady progress continues<><

  11. Good evening precious family,

    Continuing to pray for your sweet angels! They are such fighters and I can see God working on them feverishly!! Our son retained lots of fluid with all of his complications but in the end, God would give us a "light" of some kind to let us know that on His time, our babies would heal.

    Continuing to pray that the swelling in Drake's knee goes down and all that fluid is absorbed. Praying for Kennedy to get some peaceful rest so her sweet little body stays strong! Also praying for some peace for Mommy and Daddy...this is the hardest road they have come to together and I pray for added strength and support.

    Love, Natalie Gordon

  12. I am Jannetta's mother and continue to pray for you and your family. I really love your blog, it helps keep me informed as to what specifically to pray. You are such precious sweet parents that God has trusted with two sweet babies' lives. I'm so honored to have been chosen to pray for you and your family. Lots of love, Debbie