Saturday, May 16, 2009


It has been another rough week here at the Hanna home.

First, we have to thank all the prayers and well wishes this week.

Noah came down sick a week ago, Saturday evening. By Sunday morning he was both throwing up and having severe diarrhea. By noon that day we knew that he was suffering from dehydration. We packed up quickly and drove as fast as we could to the Children's Madera Hospital (CHCC).

I thought perhaps he was suffering from a bit of a stomach bug but after being hospitalized for two days for dehydration and non-stop diarrhea they decided to run further testing and sure enough, things came back positive for Rotovirus.

By far this was the nastiest virus Noah has had in some time. He finally started to make a turn Thursday when he started to eat again. The doctors decided to keep him on watch at the hospital until things were definitely under control because he is smaller for his age and has such a limited reserve. It really does not take much to get him dehydrated.

Thankfully finally yesterday we started to discuss sending Noah home and by this morning he was eating normal (at least for himself) and his diarrhea had decreased considerably. We were discharged this morning and we are so thrilled to be home.

We've had the house disinfected from top to bottom. Carpets upstairs, everything. Apparently the virus is extremely contagious. We've had to cancel all therapy next week because the virus sticks around in the environment for some time.

I look forward to getting back to a normal schedule and I pray that this third hospitalization in two months is our last for some time. We dodged the bullet for almost a full year and the boys seem to be making up for lost time. I can only pray that this is it for a very long time.

We are finally home and thanks to Grandma Hanna Jonah has been well loved and well fed! He has gained back his lost weight and is once again filling out. We now have Noah to worry about because he has lost around half a pound from this week.

Thanks again everyone for your love and prayers. We are so blessed.


LISA said...

Happy belated Birthday Michelle! Glad you are all home! With summer just around the corner hopefully the worst viruses will be behind us! Here's my thought if you even think you smell a virus in the neighborhood just throw it on the sidewalk and the Bakersfield heat will fry it in no time! I know wish it was that simple! Honestly though in this life you either laugh or cry. I choose to laugh! Did you end up with two meals or just one last night?

Rob and Tammy said...

I sure hope Noah is feeling better. See if you can find the People Magazine dated 5-18-09 with Kirstie Alley on the cover. There is an article in it titled "When Miracle Babies Grow Up". I thought of Jonah and Noah when I read it:) If you can't find it let me know and I will send the article to you.

wilkinson_fam said...

Happy Birthday (belated though it may be), my friend! I have been thinking about you lately . . . and now I know why. Man-o-man, what a year its been for you! Make that two! You are in our thoughts and prayers as you keep hangin' in there. There are brighter days ahead and you will be blessed for the tender care you are giving your boys. They are so lucky to have an advocate/mommy like you.
Love you, girl!