Wiersma Family Blog

A glimpse into our lives as a family with micro-preemies. Our twins boys (Lovingly referred to as our Miracle Men) were born almost 16 weeks early.

Our journey continues when our son Max was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 3. This is his story....

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Update on the boys

The boys both had very good nights and are doing will so far today!! Praise God!! Max's pressure is back down to 32 and he has been stable there for quite a few hours now. His oxygen needs are in the 50-70% range, but that is a far cry from the 80-100% range he had been in for weeks. He is still really puffy, so they have increased his dosage of this drug that he gets mixed with the breast milk to try and help speed the passage of additional fluids. They said it takes a little time to start working, so we will keep being patient. Wes continues to do well on the CPAP and had is "pressure" reduced from 8 to 7. This is a completely different kind of pressure than what we have been used to on the conventional and jet vents and is purely to keep his airways open in case he doesn't feel like breathing for a while. His oxygen needs are also down in the 40-50% range and all of the doctors and nurses have been very impressed with his progress and ability to breathe all by himself. Kate and I obviously know that God is helping him with the breathing when the doctors and nurses stacked the odds against him making it even through the first night on the CPAP. Tomorrow will be 7-days!!

Thank-you all for the prayer support...God heard and answered our cry for help. I love the fact that the doctors are stumped by Max's recent and significant improvement and Wes' continued success and improvement on the CPAP. When I ask what they think it was that helped Max turn things around, the list is as long as it is boring. Life is so much easier when you know that God is in control!!


  1. Really prayed for Max last night and again not too long ago that God would just hold him in His Hand and give Max what he needed to get over this hump!

  2. My daily quote that I got in today's e-mail was: "The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us." (Author unknown) We can all surely apply that to our own lives, but its especially true for your little guys as NOTHING is as powerful as their God is, and NOTHING is impossible with Him! Praising God for every little step forward!

  3. Great news about Max!! We will continue to pray that he will impress the doctors and nurses just like his brother!
    We miss you all,
    Stacy, Geoff, Cassi, Evan & Sadie

  4. Praising God for answered prayers for Max. We pray both your boys may continue to astound the doctors with their improvements and that there may be no other explanation than "God is in control." Priase Him!