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2003 Journal Links

Oct 26th - Archie is born
Oct 31st - Today, Archie is five days old
Nov 1st - We called the NICU at 3 a.m.
Nov 3rd - Archie's billirubin is down
Nov 4th - Today was Archie's due date
Nov 6th - Yesterday was the most trying day of our lives
Nov 9th - I think we knew that something
Nov 11th - Good day, bad day
Nov 13th - Archie looked great this morning
Nov 16th - If prayers were audible...
Nov 18th - I got to hold my son today
Nov 19th - John is back working again
Nov 20th - Archie slept all day
Nov 22th - I think I know what it’s like to be deaf
Nov 24th - Archie decided to stop fighting the ventilator
Nov 27th - Thanksgiving At the NICU
Nov 28th - John held Archie tonight
Nov 30th - If Archie doesn’t like something, he let’s you know
Dec 3rd - Archie will go for his first plane ride
Dec 5th - Tomorrow Archie will travel to Charleston, to the city where his father was born
Dec 8th - We got up extra early
Dec 10th - Although I spent the entire day at the hospital...
Dec 14th - The doctors attempted to extubate Archie twice
Dec 15th - We’re going to buff ‘em and shine ‘em up
Dec 17th - Santa Claus introduced himself to Archie today
Dec 18th - Archie is doing well
Dec 19th - Archie is continues to do well
Dec 23rd - It is Tuesday morning
Dec 26th - “Are you sure you’re Archie Moore?”

2004 Journal Entries

Jan 4th - John is holding Archie and feeding him his bottle
Jan 11th - We dressed him in a light blue sleeper
Jan 14th - Oh, how I've missed Days of Our Lives
Jan 18th - Patient & Family Satisfaction Improvement Survey
Jan 20th - Archie discovered his hands last weekend
Jan 15th - Babies like this
Jan 29th - Archie Moore is a flirt
Feb 11th - I'm watching Archie study his fist
Feb 23rd - Guess who gained eleven ounces his first week off Portagen?
Mar 2nd - My throat began feeling raw yesterday afternoon
Mar 10th - Tummy Time
Mar 15th - I hate those machines!
Mar 31st - Archie was not interested in his early intervention therapies today
Apr 13th - Well-baby check-up
Apr 21st - Today Archie's world got a little bit bigger
May 7th - It's difficult to write
May 30th - I took Archie to the CDS yesterday
Jun 20th - I know I don't update my journal as frequently as I once did
Jun 29th - We Achie to Budka's
Aug 26th - Archie fights sleep with a fierce tenacity
Sep 12th - Yeah, I know. I need to post more
Oct 26th - Today you are one

 

Tomorrow Archie will travel to Charleston, to the city where his father was born
by Anne Moore
12/05/2003

Tomorrow Archie will travel to Charleston, to the city where his father was born. I’m sending my son wrapped tightly in a prayer that Charleston will become the city in which Archie is reborn, born again to a life of health and strength, a life complete with a promise for tomorrow.

My eyes were filled with tears this morning as I rode the hospital elevator to the third floor. I knew this was one of the last times I’d visit Archie in the NICU before he was transferred to Charleston, and that thought was difficult to manage.

Archie’s nurse James was giving the little man a bath when I arrived in his room. The baby was awake and alert, exploring the space around his head with his arms and hands. “Good morning, Archie! Are you getting a bath?” The sound of my voice prompted my son to try to find me with his eyes.

I played with Archie after his bath ended. The baby clutched my pointer fingers in his fists as I moved my hands about. Archie and I interacted until Jill was ready to thread another PICC line into my son’s little body. The PICC that she placed in Archie’s head last weekend was removed because it was leaky. “Be good, little guy,” I commanded as I left the room. “Don’t give Jill a hard time. She’s just trying to help you.” When Jill was finished with the procedure, I thanked her and told her that I was glad she was able to get another line into the baby before his flight. She smiled understandingly.

Throughout the day, several of the staff members and parents of other babies in the NICU whom we’d become well acquainted with over the last 40 days dropped by Archie’s room to offer their support and wish the little guy luck at MUSC. Each conversation brought tears to my eyes. “Be sure to call us when they set a surgery date for good ole’ Archie,” Dawn asked. I promised to keep everyone updated on Archie’s progress. It was obvious to me how attached everyone has become to my little man.

I ran into Dr. Newell on my way out the door this afternoon. “Can I ask you when they’re taking Archie to Charleston?” he inquired.

“Tomorrow morning.” I answered as Dr. Newell took my hand. “Scary stuff,” I added, tears filling my eyes.

“Everything’s going to be fine,” Dr. Newell offered. “He’s going to be ok.”

I nodded in response, my bottom lip quivering.

“If there’s anything I can do for you, please let me know,” he said. “We look forward to seeing you and Archie back here soon.”

I rode the elevator down to the first floor with a hospital employee. “You have a baby in the NICU?” she asked.

“Yes,” I answered, smiling.

“How big?” Since the majority of babies in the NICU are micro preemies, it is easy to forget that some babies are admitted due to other problems.

“Oh, he was big when he was born,” I told her. Touching the center of my chest, I offered, “He has a heart defect. We’re going to Charleston this week to get it fixed.”

She nodded in response. “I’ll be praying for him.”

As I walked to my car, I realized that our little man would receive many, many prayers if only a quarter of the people who said they’d pray for Archie actually do. I hope everyone whose life he’s touched will hold him close to their hearts and remember him in their prayers.

As I walked to my car, I also wished that all of Archie’s doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists could go with us to Charleston and take care of our little man there. I will always hold each and every one of them close to my heart and remember them in my prayers.

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