Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Update on Jacob

We wanted to give a quick update ....Kira's doing well following the c-section, but Jacob has a lot of unexpected complications. Most importantly, he cannot breathe on his own. It appears this is partly because his lungs are underdeveloped and possibly because his brain stem is too underdeveloped to regulate normal body function. Whenever they take him off the ventilator, he doesn't appear to make any effort to breathe on his own.


There is still a lot of testing and time required to know the situation better, but unfortunately the doctors are concerned about his survivability. We'll know more over the next few days. ....On top of these primary concerns, Jacob also has many other secondary abnormalities that are either pieces of a larger syndrome or a result of the hydrocephalus (low set ears, clenched fists/jaw, club feet, etc).


It's been a trying day, but we are hanging in there. Your prayers have meant so much to us!

29 comments:

tinana2200 said...

We will keep praying for you!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on welcoming your new baby boy to your family! He's so cute! He looks a lot like Brody. We are thinking about you guys lots and we are continuing to pray for all of you!
Brady and Jen

Brittany said...

Congratulations on your little miracle. He is too cute=D Have faith and I am continuing to pray for you.

Steve and Stephanie Back said...

We love you all. Please let us know what we can do to help. Prayers are being said frequently!!

Karriboberry said...

Thinking and praying for all of you guys. Keep the faith!! Love, Karri, Brad and family

maureen said...

Scott & Kira,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. It is in God's hands.
Maureen

missy said...

at last you meet the beautiful jacob. he is precious. i've been praying all day and it was good to get the update. i am sorry about the unexpected complications. we are praying for his little body. and we are praying for you to know the nearness of the lord. we love this little boy as we love his parents.

The Kristiansens said...

All that dark hair-wow! He is a beautiful creation, guys. Thanks for taking time to let everyone know how to be praying. We love all 4 Zicks!

Chad, Jamie, Taylor, Payton and Madyson said...

Jacob is precious! He's so cute. We will continue to pray for him and you both.

Becky K. said...

What a sweet, sweet little baby! I'll continue to pray for you all. Kira, I saw Madame Sue today and gave her the blog address. She is praying too.
Much love to you all,
Becky

Adam and Rachel said...

Congrats on welcoming Jacob into the world! We are praying and thinking often of you all and Jacob!

Grandma Niecie said...

Welcome little Jacob! Scott & Kira, he's beautiful. I have had you guys lifted in prayer all day and will continue. We love you all!
Grandma Niecie, Steve & Erin

Kris said...

Love you guys. Thank you for sharing a photo of your beautiful boy, Jacob. I am thinking about you guys and praying for this little miracle boy and his gift of life.

All my love,

Kris and John

Michelle and James Martin said...

I couldn't wait to get the update. We've been praying for you guys all day today. Please know that we won't stop praying! Know that we love you all. :)

Sarah said...

We love you all, and we'll keep on praying! You guys are awesome.
Love,
Kelly & Sarah

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I have been reading your blog and have really been praying for you guys. He is such a sweet little guy! Thank you so much for sharing what is going on.
Scott and Kristie Oden

Amber and Wes said...

Wow! Look at all that hair! He has a nose like his brother (and Mom). Jacob is a beautiful baby who is already loved more than he will ever know! I can't wait to give everyone a great big hug! We send our thoughts and prayers.
Wes and Amber

Anonymous said...

Scott and Kira..
Jacob is so precious! We are praying frequently for him and for your family.
Aimee Bilger

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! He is so beautiful! Kira- hope you are feeling good and will recover quickly from the c-section, take it easy! Will be thinking of you all and look forward to the updates. God bless- Shawnda

Anonymous said...

Jacob is very sweet and really looks like Brody! Thanks so much for posting a picture! We know you guys are going through so much right now, and we're praying for you and for a sense of God's closeness to you. Thanks for keeping us updated!
Rachel (and Nate and Damaris)

Deborah Oberlin said...

Scott & Kira,
This is Deb Oberlin, Dustin's Mom. Kimberly sent me Baby Jacob's site and I have been praying fervently ever since I got it yesterday. Awwww...Jacob is adorable. I pray that you will feel the strength and peace of God as you journey this road with your precious son. I hope you can feel big "HUGS" from all the people who are praying for you.
Praying continually, Deb

Anonymous said...

Oh, its so good to finally see baby Jacob! He's beautiful! We will continue to pray for him and the whole Zick fam. Love and hugs.
Stacia

Anonymous said...

Scott and Kira,
Congratulations! Lots of love and prayers coming your way. Kira, be sure to take care of yourself. I'm praying for all of you.
Gina Herald

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on Baby Jacob! We are praying for you and your family.
Amy Hendrix (TurtleMom)

aileenjones said...

Hello. My name is Aileen and my son has hydrocephalus. I'm quite familiar to the NICU experience, brain surgeries, and everything else that comes with it. Your Jacob is absolutely beautiful. You can definitely see the fight in him! Draw your strength from him and he will draw love from you. Throught and prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

aileenjones said...

Hello. My name is Aileen and my son also has hydrocephalus. Your Jacob is absolutely beautiful. You can definitely see the fight in him! Draw your strength from him and he will draw love from you. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

Jessica and Brad said...

Continuing to pray for the Zick family...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on this precious baby boy! What a handsome guy with gorgeous hair. = ) We will be continuing to pray for you and trusting Him. Thanks for the updates and remember we're only a phone call away if there is anything else we can do.
The Harmeyers

Ruth said...

Kira, this is RuthB from the ventriculomegaly page at i-am-pregnant.com. Just wanted to let you guys know i have been following your blog since you posted the link on there, and that even though we don't know each other in 'real life', my thoughts and prayers are with your little family all the same at this time. You have been such a source of strength to many of us on there. Congratulations on baby Jacob, he is beautiful!