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Prayer Request for Keegan James Dondlinger, born yesterday, due 4 March
Private Communication | 24 November 2012 | El Gato

Posted on 11/24/2012 2:11:23 PM PST by El Gato

I would like to enlist the services of the Prayer Warriors for the grandson of a little girl who lived in my neighborhood when I was growing up. She's obviously not so little now, but is in need of your prayers.

Keegan James Dondlinger was born yesterday, November 23, 2012, but was due March 4, 2013, three days after my own grandson is due. He weighed 1.85 lbs, but he looks very well developed for being so young and so little.

He's been able to open his eyes, and to grasp his mother's finger.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Religion
KEYWORDS: prayer; preemies; tinybaby
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To: El Gato

Oh my goodness, Keegan....you are quite a cutie pie. I bet you’ve got all the nurses charmed.

Prayers continue for you and your family as you grow. ((HUGS))


301 posted on 01/30/2013 8:40:47 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: El Gato

Loving the good news updates. He is so adorable, what a blessing.


302 posted on 01/30/2013 8:44:39 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: El Gato

What a sweetie pie and being cradled in loving arms is a wonderful medicine. Prayers continue of course.


303 posted on 01/30/2013 9:46:36 PM PST by amom
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To: El Gato

BTTT


304 posted on 01/31/2013 1:17:57 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: El Gato

Smiles.

It’s kinda like riding a bike Keegan - once you get it figured, you have it for life ; )

Thank you Lord, for this small one.
Tatt


305 posted on 01/31/2013 4:20:21 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: El Gato

I WANT A TURN TO HOLD HIM!! Adorable, precious, beautiful and such a blessing. Thank you for gifting us with his picture... I am betting the family can’t wait to bring Keegan James home. Hugs, Mom


306 posted on 01/31/2013 4:46:16 AM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree

I’m Keegan’s Grammie and I haven’t even gotten to hold him yet. Only Mama and Daddy have. Hopefully someday soon. <3


307 posted on 02/01/2013 8:17:08 PM PST by Ladyiris58
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To: Kathy in Alaska
I bet you’ve got all the nurses charmed.

He had the nurses at his first hospital charmed, they are all demanding visits after he gets to go home. So I imagine you're right about that. :)

308 posted on 02/01/2013 9:35:40 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: Ladyiris58
I haven’t even gotten to hold him yet.

Shouldn't be long Grammie Iris. He was due in just a month now. (same as my grandson, who is still "cooking". His middle is James too. First name, they aren't telling. My wife thinks he might come a little early, and certainly not late, cause he's already pretty big and pretty low. But he's face up, and they really would like him to be face down, but it's not that big a deal either way, long as it's head down.

Wouldn't want him to be exposed to some grandma germs now would we?

309 posted on 02/01/2013 9:42:55 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: Ladyiris58

I can’t wait for YOU to hold him! I understand the Mommy and Daddy can do it now but I am praying that very, very SOON.. you will get the blessing. Give him a teeny smooch from me! God Bless, Ladyiris58!


310 posted on 02/02/2013 6:46:56 AM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree; amom; Texas Termite; .30Carbine; 68 grunt; 8mmMauser; admiralsn; Aggie Mama; fatima; ...
Iris messaged me that there is a new UPDATE:

MORE Good News:

So I suppose I should update from our visit yesterday/today. Not much to say really. Tried breastfeeding yesterday and he did better than expected. He's been having more breathing alarms lately but found out that was because he was doing so good they tried taking him off his caffeine and that is out of his system now, so they turning it back on. Oh, and the nurse today mentioned that his weekly head ultrasounds are starting to show creases in his brain, which is a very good sign. Still not "normal" but definitely a lot better than they originally thought.

Both the breastfeeding progress and the creases are tremendous news!

311 posted on 02/02/2013 8:28:46 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: El Gato

“Both the breastfeeding progress and the creases are tremendous news!”

Yes,they are! Keep up the good work, Keegan.


312 posted on 02/02/2013 9:03:04 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: El Gato
WTG, Keegan!! Keep showing them how it's done...((HUGS))
313 posted on 02/02/2013 10:27:49 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: El Gato

Yeah for this good news update. Thanks El Gato and prayers continue of course.


314 posted on 02/02/2013 10:28:54 PM PST by amom
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To: El Gato

BTTT


315 posted on 02/03/2013 1:17:10 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: E.G.C.

bttt


316 posted on 02/06/2013 7:19:43 PM PST by amom
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To: El Gato

It’s been a few days since you’ve posted here at FR. You ok?


317 posted on 02/06/2013 7:23:05 PM PST by amom
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To: El Gato; momtothree; amom; Texas Termite; .30Carbine; 68 grunt; 8mmMauser; admiralsn; Aggie Mama; ..

Keegan’s Latest Adventures
Let’s see... he’s over 6 lbs. His eye exam Monday was good. Liz talked to every specialist in the book to help with feeding, basically he has to take all his 50ml feedings by bottle or breast for 24hrs before going home, so far he’s done 15ml by bottle. Oh, and he is having “surgery” to get his tongue clipped tomorrow morning, since he is tongue-tied and they think that might help with the feeding. And before we left, we talked to the case manager and started the long process of pamphlet reading and learning how to take care of him at home.


318 posted on 02/06/2013 7:46:59 PM PST by Ladyiris58
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To: Ladyiris58

Thanks for the update. Great to see all y’all are progressing so well. Lots of learning for everyone I know. Prayers continue here.


319 posted on 02/06/2013 7:56:41 PM PST by amom
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To: Ladyiris58
6 lbs!!

Woo Hoo!

Considering he's only been at the eating on his own thing for a few days, 15 ml, that's 30% of the way to his target of 50, sounds pretty good.

320 posted on 02/06/2013 9:48:53 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: amom
You ok?

Doing fine. I've been checking for Keegan updates. But his Grammie keeps beating me posting them.

321 posted on 02/06/2013 9:51:10 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: El Gato

Excellent. Thanks for the reply.


322 posted on 02/06/2013 10:58:43 PM PST by amom
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To: Ladyiris58

How do they clip his tongue?Thanks for the update-we continue to pray.


323 posted on 02/07/2013 6:21:30 AM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Ladyiris58

He’s just a growing away! I am hoping the tongue clipping procedure won’t hinder him from nursing (or the bottle). Sounds to me like he is very close to coming home. Yeah!!!


324 posted on 02/07/2013 4:00:38 PM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree
I am hoping the tongue clipping procedure won’t hinder him from nursing (or the bottle).

It's supposed to help. That's why they did it. I don't understand how it helps, but they say it can. Maybe it's a special "premi who doesn't get to start nursing right away" thang?

325 posted on 02/09/2013 10:47:31 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: El Gato

The advancement in helping preemies is just awesome. In my Mother’s generation, if a woman went into labor too early... well, let’s just say that the outcome was usually fatal. The advancements are just amazing to me.


326 posted on 02/10/2013 7:25:05 AM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree
Latest Update:

So he's still being pretty stubborn on the feedings, but the Doctor told us today that everything else is doing good enough that he could go home with them. Although we hope he gets off his "whiff" of oxygen and caffeine before he leaves, right now we are mostly hoping he will catch on with his feedings so he doesn't need a g-button.

Plus..

AND

There is Video!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151433851069771&set=vb.520519770&type=2&theater

You may or may not be able to see, but I certainly hope you can.

Y'all deserve to see and hear it.

327 posted on 02/13/2013 9:59:10 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: amom; Texas Termite; .30Carbine; 68 grunt; 8mmMauser; admiralsn; Aggie Mama; fatima; ...
forgot the address list, see post 327
328 posted on 02/13/2013 10:00:53 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: El Gato

All good. Facebook is blocking it (at least for me!)


329 posted on 02/13/2013 10:01:25 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: El Gato

Thanks so much for the ping and update. Sounds like this lil one is quite a champ. Can’t see the facebook part but this photo here sure is cute. Prayers continue of course.


330 posted on 02/13/2013 11:08:46 PM PST by amom
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To: El Gato

Wonderful news! GREAT picture! Go Keegan!!!

Facebook blocked.


331 posted on 02/13/2013 11:15:17 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska
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To: El Gato

Praise The LORD for watching over Keegan James Dondlinger!!!

What a Blessing we have received for His work for Keegan.


332 posted on 02/13/2013 11:33:04 PM PST by Diver Dave (Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow)
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To: El Gato

BTTT


333 posted on 02/14/2013 1:19:40 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: El Gato

What a blessing!

Thank You Lord!
Tatt


334 posted on 02/14/2013 4:19:09 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: El Gato

I cannot believe how big he has gotten! I have a close friend that had a baby that didn’t like to eat. It got to the point that the pediatrician labeled him as “failure to thrive”. What astonished me was the recommendation: my friend let cold water drip on his head from the faucet. He would get upset and cry. Then he would take the bottle/breast as a way to comfort himself. When she first told me this, I was thinking “huh?”. However, it worked. Little Patrick is now a strapping teen. Not recommending this but I am wondering if there are some “tricks” to get him more interested?


335 posted on 02/14/2013 5:39:02 AM PST by momtothree
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To: El Gato

Praise God that this little one has been doing so well. Thanks for the update, El Gato! He is a fighter for sure!


336 posted on 02/14/2013 6:07:51 AM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: LUV W

In other news, my grandson was born yesterday @@3:09 PM CST’13 days early- 7 lbs 2 oz. 19 1/2 inches. Nursing like crazy.. couple of hours worth yesterday. Good lungs wen he needs them. Home birth. Grandma & I didn.t make it until about 45 minutes later. both sets of grandparents got to hold him before the day was over. plus both paternal Uncles’ and his maternal aunt.

Attended buy 2 nurse midwives who were assisted by two sisters who have been friends of my daughter since early elementry age

Needless to say we are very happy and Thankfull.


337 posted on 02/16/2013 3:52:20 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: El Gato

Wonderful news El Gato,we are still praying.


338 posted on 02/17/2013 5:30:52 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima; El Gato; momtothree; amom; Texas Termite; .30Carbine; 68 grunt; 8mmMauser; admiralsn; ...

Thank you for your continued prayers for Keegan. The latest update involves more surgery. we are going forward with the g-button. Surgery is Friday at 7:30am. He is up to 7lbs 2oz. and we are hoping that once he gets the feeding tube out of his nose, his breathing will improve and he can get off of O2. The neurologist liked his ultrasound Monday so they didn’t adjust the shunt. We met with lots of people and sounds like once the g-button is done, we can start working on going home.


339 posted on 02/21/2013 8:16:23 PM PST by Ladyiris58
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To: Ladyiris58

Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for the updaste Ladyiris58. This sounds like good news. Keeping Keegan in our prayers of course, tomorrow morning especially.


340 posted on 02/21/2013 9:02:29 PM PST by amom
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To: El Gato

Hey just saw that congratulations are in order here GRAMPA! Congrats! Aren’t these youngens just the BEST?!?


341 posted on 02/21/2013 9:06:32 PM PST by amom
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To: amom
Congrats! Aren’t these youngens just the BEST?!

Yep. Thank you Mom. Got a text today from my daughter with a short video. Poor little guy had the hiccups. But he's looking good. Has his eyes open more of the time than earlier. They have been letting him lay in the sun (through the window), sans clothes, to prevent jaundice. We did the same with her when she was a newborn, but she had actually was a little jaundiced.

342 posted on 02/21/2013 9:35:46 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: Ladyiris58
He is up to 7lbs 2oz.

The exact same as my grandson Oscar James' birth weight. Well it was several hours after he was born that the nurse midwives got around to weighing him... with a fish scale and a sling. They do things a bit differently for home births. :)

343 posted on 02/21/2013 9:40:43 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: Ladyiris58
I'll post the most recent updates, since you summarized.

From Monday, 18 Feb. :

Last we checked he was 6lbs 12oz still bouNcing betweeN 12.5 aNd 25% O2 and arouNd 10-20ml wheN he takes a bottle. They giving him a few more days to progress oN feeding otherwise its lookiNg pretty likely he will get a gbutton. Getting aNother head ultrasound today to check how hiS shunt is doing

And then from today, 21 Feb:

So just got off the phone with Coventry and not only did the UNMC case manager pull some strings and get him a pediatrician instead of a family practitioner, she got him the exact same pediatrician his cousins go to.

All I have to say is:

GO KEEGAN GO!

GROW KEEGAN GROW!

Although he seems be doing pretty well on the growing. What a tough little guy!

I just had a thought too. Maybe Keegan James and Oscar James can meet someday. Wouldn't be too surprising. Oscar's folks like to travel, and two of his Great Grandmas do live in the same state as Keegan, with my Mom being in the same city.

344 posted on 02/21/2013 9:53:26 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: El Gato; amom; Texas Termite; .30Carbine; 68 grunt; 8mmMauser; admiralsn; Aggie Mama; fatima; ...
Oops, I missed an update, from Wed, Feb 20, it was pretty much identical to what LadyIris58 wrote. But I also missed adding addressees: So see post 339 and Post 344
345 posted on 02/21/2013 10:02:24 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: El Gato

Congrats all around, ElGato!!! Thanking God for a safe delivery and healthy baby boy.


346 posted on 02/21/2013 10:23:55 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: El Gato

A video even! Love this technology. Sunlight is great to handle that yellowish hue. Glad all are doing so well.


347 posted on 02/21/2013 11:08:14 PM PST by amom
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To: El Gato

BTTT


348 posted on 02/22/2013 1:56:44 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: El Gato

Happy to get an update on Keegan. Sounds like good progress. God continue to watch over him.


349 posted on 02/22/2013 7:41:40 AM PST by WVNan
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To: El Gato

Conratulations!!! So happy for you, and it sounds like our other baby is coming along; the G tube is a good thing if it gets him home sooner.


350 posted on 02/22/2013 1:40:28 PM PST by DLfromthedesert
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