Dear friends,

Thank you for all of the good wishes and heartfelt prayers, but please don’t stop, we aren’t out of the woods yet.

Asher Donovan (yes, he has a name) is just fine. The pediatrician has pronounced him healthy, Sara and Lucas and I think he is delightful.

The day after the birth, Sara was doing well, but by the weekend she had a fever, labored breathing, chest pains, abdominal pains… we took her to the hospital on Sunday and she was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. She is diagnosed with septicimia -you can look it up if you want, but I would not recommend it, too scary. Essentially, we are talking about an infection that has made it into the bloodstream and gone systemic. This is treated with lots of antibiotics and constant monitoring, in an ICU ward.

48 hours after being admitted she is doing better. I spoke with her this morning and she sounds better. She is able to get up out of bed and they have her on the classic hospital diet of broth and jello. The doctors are saying things like “moving in the right direction.” However they are also saying things like “another week or two.” She is in good hands, she has smart doctors and very good nurses.

The worst part overall is that you cannot allow children, especially babies, into an ICU ward. And this is excruciating.

Sara will get better. But it is going to take time. The boys and I are being well taken care of by our family. We are getting plenty of physical and emotional support through all of this, and I really could not ask for more.

So, people always want to know what they can do in a situation like this. For now, keep us in your hearts. Keep a picture of Sara, healthy, and at home with her children, in your mind’s eye. I will send out updates as I get them. But it is a slow process, so it may not be daily.

Thank you again for your love and prayers, Ian

“I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it; I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.” – C.P. Estes

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