Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Two Days After

Here is Reed intubated with the ventilator this morning. He was starting all of the breaths on his own so they were not worried about extubating him later today. The thing on his head measures the oxygen level going to his brain. Reed was wide awake from 11-3 today because they took him off of his pain meds so that he would be awake for the extubation. Those puppy dog eyes get ya...that is why he has so many girlfriends!
Reed practicing sitting up. We have to do this often so that he will start the healing process. The poor guy is going to be pretty sore from having his chest cavity opened up. Reed's mom without stress written all over her face :-) He had the sock on his hand because he loves to pull the tubes out of his nose!
I know that he may look bad to a lot of you but he looks a ton better to us!!! You can see some tubes coming out of his right side and they are connected to his heart to drain off excess blood from surgery. He kept looking at the blue tube above him and would not take his eyes off of it. I think he realizes that the University of Kentucky is blue and white and he already loves those colors!
I only put this Kansas hat on Reed while he was asleep so that he does not fall in love with blue and red even though Ryan will try his best! If you notice in this picture he is extubated and breathing on his own!!! Way to go Reed!!!
My friend, Emily, came to sing to Reed today. She volunteers at Vanderbilt and sings to children in the hospital. She is amazing.
About half way through this video, you will see Reed to start moving his right arm up and down "jammin" to her song!!!

34 comments:

Nancy (Palmer) Dodson said...

PRAISE GOD for this miracle! What a precious picture of him breathing on his own! I have tears in my eyes...I can only imagine what you are feeling! Thanks for sharing!!

DCVol said...

What a precious little angel boy he is~ those eyes do just melt my heart! We are so, so, so thankful that he is doing so well post-surgery and will keep praying...we think about you guys all the time. Love, Kelly, Travis & Bennett

kana said...

Keeley and Ryan,

I am so happy to hear that the surgery went well. He looks great! I continue to pray daily for his recovery and you and Ryan.
Love,
Kana Conger

Karina said...

He looks fantastic! I'm so glad the extubation went well. You are in our prayers and frequent thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Keeley and Ryan, we have been praying for you even more the past two days. We are very thankful all has gone well. He really looks a lot better. Thanks for all the pictures--it allows us to share in this time of great faith on your part. The boys are adorable! I think Reed looks like Craig as a little boy! Kiss them for us. God bless you. Linda and Jerry Schwieger

Emily Clevenger said...

I loved being able to see that sweet angel boy in person today!!! He is absolutly PRECIOUS and he melts my heart!!!! I just love him!! I can't wait to babysit him and hold him at his home!! I am continually praying for all of y'all!! Let me know if you need anything and take care of my two "boyfriends!!"

Sheena White said...

Yea!!!!! Reed looks wonderful :) Thank you Jesus! I can't wait to see him all home and with his brother and mommy and daddy!
Love ya tons,
Aunt Sheena

The Parker Family said...

Reed looks wonderful. He is an amazing fighter. Andy and I were so excited to see him and rub his sweet little toes. His nurses are truly angels and love him so much! They could not stop talking about him and how precious he is. Jackson wanted to see him so bad. When Reed gets home, I will bring Jackson and Drew over for some little boy fun:) We love you guys and continue to pray for you!

The Confer's said...

Wow, music is so powerful. We are still praying for you guys!

Audrey and Denver

Anonymous said...

The video is priceless! Seeing Reed breathing on his own and watching his little mouth move was amazing!! His color looks so good. I can't imagine what the past 70 days have been like for your family. Your family and the donors family continue to be in our prayers. We love you!
Sarah & Nick

andrea said...

Keeley,

These pictures are precious! I love the one of him after his extubation...he's doing so well, what a strong little guys he is. Your friend has a beautiful voice, that I'm sure helped Reed with his healing process.

Hope you are all home together soon.

Candie Bowen said...

We're glad that Reed is doing so well! We will continue to pray for your family and a speedy recovery. Love, Craig & Candie

Laura Beth said...

What a precious little miracle! I know that you guys are breathing so much easier now! The video was incredible - I was crying - I loved how his little toe was "tapping"! ;) And even though I do have a weak stomach, the heart pictures were AMAZING! We are continuing to pray for a speedy, smooth recovery!

Natalie Church said...

The boy already loves his music...let's just make sure he doesn't love his Daddy's music. I am so happy for him. You are still constantly in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for keeping the blog updated so often.

lyla said...

what an amazing answered prayer. i have cried many tears of joy the past few days for your precious family. reed's color already looks so much better. he is precious--i love his little feet tapping in the video. so precious. we will keep praying for all of you.

Courtney said...

That was the sweetest thing I've ever seen...She's amazing and it looks like he loved her song! :) He looks great and so do YOU!

joyce klein said...

That video is the sweetest. When I found out Reed was getting his new heart I sent out a prayer request to all those that I know. I have had several people ask me how he is doing. Prayers continue to be said for little Reed and for all those that are around him. We have an awesome God.

The Simmons Family said...

First of all... I think the pictures in the OR are amazing!! I'll be asking them to do the same thing with Owen. It's fascinating!

I am so excited that Reed is doing so well. It's crazy how aweful they look post op.. BUT it doesn't compare to how scary they looked pre-op. He's actually pink now!

I can't wait to see how fast he recovers... it's a miracle and a BLESSING!

Anonymous said...

God does answer prayers. I'm glad to hear he is doing better. That video is awesome. I cried through the whole thing. We will continue to pray for Reed and your family.

Tammy Muse and Family

Max's Family said...

I love the picture of him breathing on his own! What a miracle.

Abigail and Ansley said...

We are very proud of and for you guys. May God continue to protect Reed. Isn't this a great tool to keep all of us who care and love you updated?

God Bless,

Eric

Julie said...

I love that he is tapping his right foot to the beat! Praying for ya'll in Alabama.

Elizabeth said...

Keeley, Thank you for sharing that sweet video. I just sat here crying my eyes out watching Reed tap his little foot to the beautiful song. Thank you God for taking care of Reed!
Always praying. Elizabeth Owensby

Dana said...

What wonderful pictures!! He is such a fighter and he looks great. We are keeping him and you in our prayers!! Thanks for keeping up the blog.
Love to you all,
Jerry, Dana, Wesley, John @ Kendall

The Hadfields said...

His coloring looks so much better Keeley! I know you are so happy that his condition is improving so well!

Jane Gough said...

Did you see those little toes moving to the music? He's beautiful and we are thankful for his sweet new heart...an answer to MANY, MANY PRAYERS for ALL of your family. Love you all...

Melissa Claire said...

He's so cute and those cheeks are asking for tons of kisses! I liked how he was tapping his right foot at the beginning! The boys got rhythm! I can't wait to see he and Braden running around playing together!

mkburcham said...

That video was so precious-I was crying...Matt and I loved how he was tapping his little foot! He looks so amazing..PRAISE GOD! You look amazing (so happy and at peace)..and I am so inspired by your trust and faith in GOD! I have such a special place in my heart for that little boy--wow! I will keep praying and can't wait for more updates on his progress!

Andrea Shores said...

So glad to hear all went well and to see little Reed looking so great. Thinking and praying for your family.

Julie said...

How precious!! The boy definently has skills w/ the top tappin' and moving his arm up and down! Can't wait to meet him! Love and prayers to all of you!

Sara said...

Amazing! God is amazing.

Josh and LB said...

Ryan and Keeley,

Wow! What an incredible story! Isn't God so good? I am so happy for Reed and all of you. He is such a fighter! I am so encouraged by both you and Ryan's faith in God. I will continue to keep Reed in my prayers...and the video...goodness I was almost in tears. Precious!

Deanna said...

I am so excited about Reed's new heart! I know you are too and that he is doing well. We will keep him in our prayers and you and Ryan!

Love you guys!!

Cheryl Palmer said...

After that, I am a dishrag (as you would know). You can tell he is getting ready to "rock the night away." Your friend has such a wonderful gift. Thank her for all of us.