Thank you for your prayer, love and support during this difficult time. While we are overjoyed to meet our little son, Conner, it has been, and will continue to be a tough long road.
After unexpectedly having a stroke the day after Easter, I was admitted to the hospital for a week, and then readmitted for, again, stroke symptoms . . . believed to be results of the very difficult pregnancy. My c-section was scheduled and rescheduled, to avoid risk of further strokes, and Conner Sean Hinze was born on April 27th, 5 weeks premature.
Conner has done relatively well, considering what he is dealing with . . . Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome), a brain hemorrhage, collapsed lung, and an incomplete esophagus . . . Breathing issues are the most critical day to day right now, as he fights hard to overcome all the secretions that fill up the tiny esophageal pocket and constantly threaten to stop his breathing. Because the secretions have nowhere to go, he can’t swallow at all (like you or I do all day long without any effort). He has a suction tube in his mouth, going the full distance of his short esophagus, suctioning day and night. He has life threatening moments daily, as he waits and grows (in the NICU – neonatal ICU), and waits for his repair surgery (which will be in several months).
Meanwhile, my husband Sean just had back surgery this week, to repair a badly herniated disc, which, through it all, has caused increasingly immense pain.
It’s been stressful.
If you would, please pray for endurance, patience and strength for us . . . Each day seems to bring new challenges with Conner’s care . . . And for little Conner, as he bravely continues to fight for life. He is a delightful tiny blessing, and already he is over 7 pounds! He is, indeed, a very sweet little boy.
Love to you all . . . I miss you, and leading you to our Lord in worship, immensely. Hope to see you very soon.