Psalm 68:5-6

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

I am Stepanie Nance. My family adopted two little boys with Down Syndrome from Ukraine in 2010. I hope to educate and to inspire you. I hope to make you laugh and to make you cry.

Come along for the ride. It's a wild one!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday morn with Theo

Last night I was praying that the IV site in Theo's foot would last for one more blood draw. He has had labs drawn every 6 hours since last Wednesday and he's suffered for it.

No. It didn't last for one more draw. At least Theo's night nurse was an extremely compassionate and skilled young man. At 4am he spent some time trying to get the IV to the dark. Well, it didn't work and so eventually he needed to turn on the lights and do a needle stick on poor Theo.

That's the difference between this hospital and the hospitals I've experienced at home. I recall clearly how the x-ray techs and the vampires of another hospital would bust into Ralphie's room at all hours with no consideration for a sleeping child or mommy. I recall being thrown out into the hallway in the wee hours of the morning to wait for an x-ray to be done.

So today I get to look forward to driving back home, not knowing when I'll be able to get back, not knowing when Theo will be able to come home. I don't even want to think about it for at least a couple of hours.

I just want to enjoy the day with my cranky little guy. I'll see how many bottles I can get him to eat. I'll see if I can get him to smile and make some eye contact. Maybe I'll get him to snuggle for a few moments. He's really looking and acting much better.

We are getting there!


  1. It doesn't matter if it's a little or a lot....every little progress is PROGRESS. I'm glad for you that he receives good care at the hospital where his at> At least you don't have to worry that his well taken care of.May God bless you at home this week and I pray that Zhen will become more open to you and be able to bond with you.

  2. the hospital sounds more like the ones we have here the other hospital you talk of sounds like something from the dark ages :(
    so glad you are where you are and that yoru boy is doing better. sorry Zhen isnt; bonding well

  3. Awwww... I am praying for a much speedier recovery for your sweet little Theo. I can't even imagine how hard it is for you to leave him. You know he is in good hands though, both physically at the hospital, and divinely, our Father is watching over him.



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