Saturday, January 06, 2007

Quinns fad diet

Quinn was given extra amounts of IV fluids and hydration to help try and flush the barium chemical from his body tissues. I came to see him after work Friday and found he was swollen up again like a little marshmallow man.

These are some before and after pictures over the course of a single day.

By Saturday night he had shrunk back down to his old self.

By Sunday, Quinn seems to be relatively pain free. Breastfeeding has gone as good as we could have hoped for. He drinks moms milk, burps, farts, and poops his diaper like a young stud. His stomach and intestine are working for the first time in his life. As of today, he has come off of IV nutrients altogether. Mom will feed him whenever he is hungry, and if he can handle all the milk, he is good to go. As in go home with no more tubes, wires, or surgeries.
Barring any setbacks, Quinn is looking to make it through all of this pretty unscathed. I know he progressed with varying levels of success through it all, but I always felt bad for him when I was told he would have certain medical conditions for the rest of his life. All parents want their children to have a better life than they did. And I know I never had to deal with any of the complications the doctors thought he would be faced with long term. It has ultimately worked out just as I had hoped and prayed for. He is normal in just about any sense of the word.
Hopefully to Quinn, it will be like none of this ever happened. His scars are healing nicely, and there have been no complications with any of his surgical repairs. I'm so thankful. It is the first time since he was born that Steph and I are feeling excited to bring him home.
Video of the first time I fed him. He was not sure what to make of this oral feeding business.

Doctor visit. Quinn the cool costumer.

Hopefully, every post from here forward is pleasant news.


Pop and Kim said...

Burps, farts and poops like a STUD??? I couldn't be more proud!! He was all swollen up when we came to visit. Probably all swollen with pride from burps, farts and poops.
Dan and Steph,
Our prayers have been answered. Our hearts are jumping with joy for the Marshall family. I'm not sure I can handle a NORMAL life with the three of you!! Quinn has become quite the addition to our lives. Thanks to God that Quinn is OK and things have turned out the way they have. Love you Dan, Steph,........AND THE MIGHTY QUINN!!!!

Much Love from Pop and Kim

The Keenans said...

Hooray!!! I am so happy for you all!! I always get teary-eyed reading about Quinn, but this time they are tears of joy. I wish you all the best - I can't wait for you to go home together to watch Quinn grow up as a healthy little baby. Congratulations Marshall Family on your strength to get through this!

Our Family said...

We've stumbled upon your blog and have been checking on you everyday. Our family is praying for you out here in AZ! Sounds like you knew better than those doctors about not needing/wanting that feeding tube. We will continue to pray for your little life to be healthy and full of joy. May God bless you and your parents. Keep up all the eating, pooping, farting, and burping! All tough guys need to have that mastered!
Lots of Love,
The Rohloff Family

P.S. Steph, you are such a trooper to keep up with the breastfeeding. It is worth all of the pain. You guys will get into a routine and it will be wonderful. I had two babies, without medical issues, and the breastfeeding didn't really get easy until 2-3 months, so you might be more on-track than you think. I'll be praying for your continued strength. Quinn is so lucky to be blessed with you.

Robin said...

Hi guys: Kristin called me about an hour ago and I quizzed her about every detail of their visit with you today! Especially the breastfeeding details! Steph, I agree with Kristin; get an LC to see you guys tomorrow for any fine tuning needed, and I'm available for a hospital or home visit anytime. Don't worry about the stairs--for the cause, I'd climb a mountain! (Mr. Quinn, slurping on or off is not allowed!)

If this isn't a case for answered prayer, I don't know what is? This child has overcome more obstacles than most of us will ever encounter in our whole lifetimes! The Lord has big plans for this boy! He never gave up on him, that's for sure!

I can't wait to see this angel in person! Love, Robin

Lily's Mommy said...

I can't remember hearing better news, ever!! Yay Quinn!!!! You are such an inspiration, little man.

Steph, to chime in with previous posters, breast feeding was tough for Lily & I for the first three months, so don't get disheartened if it's not easy yet - it gets better!

We can't wait to hear the best news of all that you're all on your way HOME.

Kel & Shawn

Gib Brogan said...

Wow Quinn is just ready to go home, enough of this hospital business. He got the attention of everyone and now he is ready to retire out of the spotlight and just hang with his mom and dad. Congrats guys it seems that every time we check your blog he has made another giant leap in progress. Hopefully you three will be moonwalking out the door very soon.

kristin said...

"Burps, farts & poops like a stud..." no, no, no. Come on Dan, it's more like, "Burps, farts & poops like a MARSHALL!"

Thank you both for a wonderful visit today. I can't tell you how amazing it was to hold Quinn, look into those eyes (still blue!) and just feel the life there in my arms. Knowing what Quinn has been through, and seeing him doing so just seems like a miracle to me.

I can't tell you how happy I am for the three of you. Here's to continued success with the breastfeeding, and a gentle transition to your new life at home!


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Hay guys this is great news. Off of the tubes and going home. That is the best thing ever. And if Quinn's luck holds out, the weather will still be warm enough to take a walk in the park with mom and dad; maybe even grandpa Dan.

All humor aside, may God be with you for the rest of your life’s, the three of you deserve it.

Grandpa Dan

Anonymous said...

Way to go Quinn!

We are so happy to hear all the good news. We will keep praying that the great progress continues. Nothing is impossible when God is at the helm. We will keep up the prayers.

David and Celeste Johnsen
Newnan, Georgia

Alex and Jessica Bariso said...

OGM!!! Quinn was waiting for the new year to surprise everyone and to start the new year with by getting better and better.
We are all so happy for you guys and we can't wait until you guys can post pictures of you gusy going home.

Melissa P said...

Quinn-- Yeah, milk! Soon that will be your favorite word.

Lou and Steve said...

What fabulous news! We're so happy to know the little guy gets to go home finally and that you can settle down to a normal life with Quinn (by the way, having kids gives new meaning to the word "normal.") All the best to the three of you; we'll continue to pray for your health and happiness.
Lou and Steve

Toby said...

Well Quinn I am so happy that you are drinking milk. It will make you big and strong! I just got back from a mini-vacation to Florida and sent your uncle a very special "Go Quinn Go" from a very famous florida resident! You have everyone behind you! Keep up the good work.
Hugs and kisses!

Anonymous said...

I am so filled with JOY for you and your mom and dad one step closer to home big guy! I know you will look back on all of this with your parents someday and be amazed at how many people have been praying for a successful recovery. I have been praying for a complete and total healing for you. And I know that along with my family and loved ones and your beautiful family you were given a healing. Not only that but you renewed the faith of alot of people that had forgotten that miracles do happen. Thank you for renewing my faith and helping me to become closer to the Lord. What a precious gift you have given me. I will continue to pray for you everyday, along with my 6 year old Grace and my 12 year old Joshua. I bet you didn't know My sister In Australia has been praying for you. And My sister Jomi and her children In France. Well little prince I have to tuck my little cheribs In for the night so Peace and Blessings to you and your family. Love Maria Rosado Ps I know Mom and Dad are busy loving you but we would love to see some new pictures of you. LOL

Anonymous said...

Quinn I am so excited you get to breastfeed and mom must be so excited too. We were on vacation and no computer I thought about you often. You are such a fighter and you have the best mom and dad in the world.