Thursday, February 17, 2011

Learning to Trust

Linda wanted me to post some pictures she took of Victoria with her sister's IPod. We (Bruce and the rest ) had a nice trip home yesterday. We certainly miss our girls , but know that they are in good hands.
Thanks for all your comments and prayers...even from those we do not know encouraging. If anyone wants to send mail to Linda or Victoria, they can at:
Gillette children's Speciality Healthcare
200 University Ave. E.
St. Paul, MN 55101
PICU. Victoria Mitton

 In all of this, we so want to share the love of God with those we meet. We were talking to one of the neurosurgeons about our family and especially about our Micah who lived for only 9 hours. Not often you see docs tear up, but she did...oh to be a light to a hurting world. Showed her a pic of our family, and she commented on the brightness and joy of the children. Now, you know our family, how imperfect we are, but people are watching...that they would see Christ in all of our lives. One of the docs wanted to know how the rest of the kids were handling it. Were able to share how we talk to the kids about life , and death. We love this life, but we do not fear death, as we believe in eternal life.  Most of the kids seem to have a real understanding and faith in Christ to trust Him in this...thank you Jesus.   Well, I'm praying that each of us would "trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways (where ever those roads may lead) acknowledge Him, and he shall direct thy paths." Blessings, Bruce

Did you notice the little tube in the top of Victoria's turban? That is draining her CSF for the time being.
Also, there has been a huge drop in Victoria's CRP count.  This is a good indication that the infection is finally being dealt with effectively.   She has had a gassy tummy today some of the time...but this is to be expected after two surgeries.  (Thanks, Daniel for the technical tips!  : ) )

Wires, wires, tubes and wires...what are all of those things for??  The thin wires that you see are to monitor Victoria's heartbeat and respirations.  .  The big clear tube with the blue and green connectors on it is the ventilator.
Just below the ventilator, you can see clear tubing from one of her I.V.s. Up on her shoulder, you can see the two ports which are connected to her 'central line'...they are just laying on top of her left shoulder, as they are not being used at the moment.  The drainage tube for CSF is sticking out of the top of the white gauze on her head.  That is what you can see in the photo.  Along with what you can see, she also has a blood pressure cuff on her right calf, she had another IV in her right arm (but they took it out today, because it had stopped working), an ng tube, and an nj tube, an oximeter (to measure oxygen level) on her big toe, and LOTS of tape to keep it all in place.


  1. She looks so small in that big hospital bed!! I hate having to watch you all go through this time, but I praise God for the beautiful way you all are giving Him the glory for every victory, and trusting His will in every disappointment. Your light is shining very brightly!!!

  2. We are praying as a family for Victoria & all your family. Thanks for the good updates!

  3. Thank you so much for posting pictures so we have a better idea. Wow, she's a real trooper putting up with all those tubes, wires, etc! We're enjoying seeing God's hand in all of this and will keep right on praying as I know so many are.

  4. Thanks for keeping us updated - we're thinking of you and praying for you!