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the eric update: 48 hours!

time is something that i don't have a lot of, so i'd like to thank everyone who has commented and sent an email. i won't be able to respond, but please know that it really, really means a great deal. kris didn't progress much today and spent much of the day sliding in the wrong direction. she's out of life threatening danger, but everyone is hoping that things start to look better tommorrow. of course, she's not able to see eric, which is the hardest part for her to bear.

eric took an expected turn for the worse in the morning, but gained some ground over the remainder of the day. his liver is not working as well as it should so he's susceptible to jaundice. he was a little "jaundice yellow" this morning, but got more pinkish over time.

more significantly, eric has a "normal" condition known as patent ductus arteriosus (pda) , which is essentially a hole in the heart that needs to be closed. over the next few days, the doctors are trying to close the hole with medicines, but if it fails then he will need to get heart surgery. if they don't close the hole quickly, he has a much higher risk of brain hemmoraging, so we're obviously waiting anxiously to see if the medicine works.

since kris can't see eric yet, i'm taking pictures everyday and tranferring them to her ibook, so she can constantly see how he's doing and what he looks like. i've uploaded some of them to my flickr account so that friends and family [ and any others ] can stay abreast of his development. i hope to revamp parallax to keep a daily running journal of eric's development. i assume that this will mostly be of interest to close family and friends who are scattered around the world, but even if you don't know us, feel free to cheer along. every little bit of support helps.

kris enjoys flowers so please send them to:

kris salmi-snowdeal
c/o. st. mary's hospital
200 jefferson ave s.e.
rm #923
grand rapids, mi 49503

we've recieved flowers from "eastern floral and gift shop" ( 616.949.22000 ) so i know that they know how to get flowers to the hospital, but i'm sure other florists in the area can get a bouquet to her. even if you don't "know" kris, i'd be mighty obliged if you sent her flowers. she could really use the uplift. i can't stress this enough. if you have the slightest inclincation as to what kris is going through, please, please send her flowers. she can use any little but of support she can get. thanks.

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7/05/2004 11:35:00 PM 7 comments


On behalf of Caterina, George, Cal, Eric (the Flickr team at Ludicorp), our best wishes and most profound hopes to Eric, Kris and you.

By Blogger stewart, at 3:28 AM  

Eric, You were a miracle baby weighing in at 2 lbs 13 oz at 26 weeks. I can't believe that my grandson is a miracle baby too! He is beautiful.Your mother is saying constant prayers for all of you. Love, Mom

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:51 AM  

Eric IV - welcome to the world li'l buddy! You look like such a fighter in these photos, and we know you'll do your best. Your aunt Candy, uncle Jonathan and your two cousins Ethan and Adam are sending our hugs and kisses and praying that you'll want to stay. The coming weeks won't be easy, and we're sure you'll worry your parents many more times if you're anything like your father ;-) But, if you could talk, we're sure that you would tell them to hang in there-- each and every moment is going to take forever, and the loss or gain of an ounce of weight will break or make their day. Eventually they won't even think about it, as you become stronger and stronger. But, for now, just work on growing and fighting - and leave all the worrying to us. We're all waiting with open arms - Love you!! C.J.E. & A.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:03 PM  

Kris,E3 and ofcourse tiny E4,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know that little E4 will keep on growing and growing just like his father. Get well Kris, Get stronger E4, Get some rest E3. Love Uncle Keith and Aunt Francesca

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:09 PM  

The whole crew at Coudal Partners is sending a big, positive Chicago-style vibe out of the loft windows on North May Street and floating through the summer air in your direction.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:12 PM  

There are no words to express how much I know what you are feeling. The worst for me when you were born was the fear of losing my wife, my new son, or worst of all, both. I knew your mom was a fighter, and I knew you had both our genes, so you must have been a fighter too... you proved me right, didn't you!!! You know Kris is a fighter, and so is E4... give them some time and they'll prove it. We'll be right here for you all.

All God's blessings. E2

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:04 PM  

dang. sometimes, this whole blogging thing can make a grown man cry.

from the emails i've been getting, there are occasional glitches with the comments, but i just wanted to let everyone know that it really, really, really means a lot to be able to be able to check in every so often and see all the support.

again. thanks to everyone who has commented, sent an email or sent flowers. words can't really describe how much it means to both kris and i.

By Blogger e3, at 12:32 AM  

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