Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Children's Mercy "Sibling Support Time"...

Brothers and Sisters Need Special Attention Too! So every day Children's Mercy has a play group for an hour and a half to entertain the siblings of those in the hospital. Today they played with play dough.

Where has this boy seen this sign?


What a blessing this wonderful hospital is!

We love you Nevada OB....

Jacki said...
Hi again Stinson family,I hadn't been able to check the blog for a couple days and finally got caught back up on everything. WOW. How scary it all has been, God is definately watching over you all and Kaden and we will keep you continually in our thoughts and prayers. He is such a trooper and is so strong. Good luck with the recovery I pray you will be able to take him home soon. God Bless you all.Jacki (OB Nevada)

Nana's keeping guard....


Chest Cavity has been sewn up--Dr. says Kaden is doing fine...and it went well


Are we glad that part of this is over!

Now they will be bringing him out from under sedation. Then they will work him off the ventilator.
Again we thank you for your prayers!

The Waiting Game...



Thought you might enjoy these pictures of what goes on in the waiting room of a hospital. Steve entertained us with his abilities to throw his hat in the air and have it land on his head. (hopefully).

Thank you Steve for that feat of accomplishment!

Koda is explaining his side of the story...Dad's not buying it...we won't tell you what the question was, but it usually ends with "Koda, are you telling the truth?"

Mom is explaining how the game works to Mark.

Koda seems to be listening attentively. Right now he's more in to Thomas the Train than video games but give him time.

And Nana and Koda snuggled to pass the time.

Poppy is getting through it with much coffee and Koda telling him the wonders of Play Dough.



Koda snuggled with Poppy also.

And Mark just kept concentrating on playing his game.

Free from pain...


Now what Kaden needs is lots of love and comforting!

Here's a good scripture to be praying so that Kaden will be free from pain:

10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request.

May God also grant our request to keep Kaden free from pain. This cannot happen in the natural, but God is a God of the Supernatural!!!

12:05, The doctor is ready to do the procedure to close the chest cavity.

Update on Kaden 3/31/09

They will be closing the chest cavity late this morning. Then they will start backing off the sedation medicine. If all goes well, he will be taken off the ventilator soon and hopefully some more IV's will get to go.

Will be more of a stressful week for the little fella, so continue with your prayers.

We're also asking that you pray he never have any memory of any pain he might have felt in the past or will be feeling in the days to come.


And also be praying that as he comes off the ventilator that he have no problems with breathing difficulties.

The boys are going to "play time" at Children's Mercy this morning. Will be a good diversion for them. Keep them in your prayers also as they are having to adjust to mom and dad devoting much of their time and thoughts to the new baby.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Update on Kaden

The doctor is going to wait until after he does his other surgeries to see if he has time to sew back up Kaden's chest.

But apparently everything is a go as far as the swelling.

They did take the IV out of his left hand. And he has no IV's in his legs. So that just leaves an IV in his right hand, his head and his neck. He still is on a ventillator also.

But everything else looks good.

Let's pray it gets done today.

Here's a good scripture to pray on behalf of Kaden. We can be his voice.

Ps. 30:2 "O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me."

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Union Station

Poppy came to KC today to see Kaden and we figured it was a good time to check out Union Station downtown. Also would be a good chance to stretch the boys legs and run off some of that excess energy. Koda especially loves anything to do with trains.



Wonder how many tickets were bought here over the years?

This was a mural on the wall. My Great Uncle Grant worked for Mo. Pacific Rail Road and I always think of him and how he would have loved to have known Koda. They could have talked trains together. Unfortunately he died in 1980.


Union Station, downtown Kansas City, Mo.Old train car. Kinda a cool place to visit. The concrete jungle.


They loved watching the trains at the train exhibit.




Outdoor drive-in theater display. Saw my first movies in one.


Koda especially was taking in the wonder of it all. He loves trains!
Mark wanted Poppy to take him up the escalator. Looking a little apprehensive.
Koda and I are both afraid of heights and don't really like escalators. But we braved the thing together.

It was a nice afternoon to go exploring someplace new. And the snow we got last night was melting fast on this beautiful day!

PICU Play Area...

They have a wonderful play area in the PICU unit. The boys enjoyed playing there.


They played "chef" and here Koda is making peanut butter. That's what he told me anyway.

And of course Nana was the invited guest for supper.
Now tell me again what it is I am eating?

Remember Koda used to be the baby....

Koda is Rachel's youngest and he used to be the baby. He's missing spending time with his momma so keep him in your prayers. Neither of the boys have seen the baby since just after he was born. We feel it would be too traumatic for them at this time. They have a picture in their room of Kaden before he had all the wires and stuff that they can look at.

Remember when a hug could fix all your problems?

I love these pictures even though he's pouting because he didn't get his way about something.

Notice the little tear sliding down his cheek? Don't let it fool you.

He can turn them on and off pretty easily. They're precious anyway! I cut him some slack because these are trying times in his little life right now. Love you Koda!

Momma and Daddy

Here's momma with her precious little baby. Soon she will be able to hold him in her arms and then the world will be better!

And here's daddy who keeps talking and probably singing to his baby. He's the best daddy too!
Kaden's probably going to be a great baseball player someday! Is Cardinals baseball?

Poppy and Baby Kaden..

Poppy came up to the city today to see us and Baby Kaden.
He says Kaden smiled. I believe it. He moves and opens his eyes when you talk to him. He knows our voices! Poppy's probably thinking about what size knife this little fella will want.

Nana is so happy!

Nana got to go see Baby Kaden today for the first time in a few days. See how happy I am? My life has sure gotten simplified. This little one is always in my thoughts and prayers!
I'm telling him how much we all love him and are praying for him to get well fast. We want to pick him up and hold him close.

He held hands with his nana today. We both felt so much better!

He's doing good. The pacemaker has been turned off. His heart rate is good as well as his blood pressure. Hopefully, tomorrow they will close up his little chest cavity and then they will start cutting back on his sedation medications. Keep him in your prayers during this time as being on morphine etc. may have some withdrawal effects.
In a few days we should be able to hold him.