Welcome to our CaringBridge website for Bruin Douglas Wahl. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
"The calm before the storm." Monday's August 15th apt went well. However, things after quickly progressed and ultimately we were unable to stop the events ahead from happening. Bruin Douglas Wahl was born on August 18th 2016 @ 1:24 a.m. @ 25 weeks and one day. Ultimately, considering the situation, everything that happened before, during, and after labor went about as best as it could. We were able to buy enough time to get the necessary extra steroids and magnesium to help support Bruin's lungs and brain. We had a great team of doctors and nurses walking us through every step of the way. The NICU team was there in the delivery room upon Bruin's arrival and they were, considering the situation, pleased with how well things went and were happy to see that Bruin was bigger than they had anticipated. Weighing in at just 1lb 14.75 oz, just shy of 2lbs.
Recovery for mom has been as good as things could possibly be and she was released Aug 19th from the hospital. Mom will be staying at the Ronald McDonald house near the Sanford Hospital to be close to Bruin. As of now we have been told the first seven days are the most critical and by day seven they will know much more about how Bruin is doing and what our road will more than likely look like. We have a LONG road ahead of us. It will be a roller coaster of many ups and downs. We pray the ups of course are better then the downs but are well aware there will be downs. So far, Bruin has been doing very well and has been stable. They say however there is a "honeymoon period" and often times things may look good for days before possibly taking a different turn. Please pray that the twists and turns of our journey are nothing of serious concern and that Bruin fights hard through all the battles that may come his way at this point.
This is scary, this is real, but unfortunately, it is not in our hands to decide. We believe in the power of prayer and ask that everyone helps with our prayer circle. The support from everyone thus far that we have informed has been overwhelmingly wonderful and we cannot thank everyone enough. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers for the following few months, as we will need it. Please keep all the doctors and nurses in your prayers as well. Thy are amazing crew with a very tough job. We are so blessed to have met this little guy and believe he is a true fighter. We enjoy every moment we spend with him and are hoping and praying that we are able to take him home when he is ready.
I have been asked several times and figure this will just be easiest. The address here is Ronald Mcdonald House 825 S Lake Ave Sioux Falls SD 57104 Our room here is 104. :) Just fyi; NCIU doesn't accept flowers or ballons or food for the safety of Bruin. (I have been able to enjoy the ones already sent at the Ronald McDonald house- no worries) If you would like to visit us..please keep in mind your health. If you are sick, been around others that have been very sick, or have been sick in the last week we ask that you wait to visit until health has returned. Also please note things get busy around here and sometimes certain times just do not work. We want to see you. And Bruin wants to meet you but please check in with us first before doing so! We can only have four people in our room at the NICU at a time, including ourselves so we need to plan accordingly when people visit sometimes. Sometimes we have Mariella and she counts as a third person. We also can only have four people staying over in our room at a time. If you are traveling from far distant we are perfectly fine with you staying, we just need to plan accordingly. Thanks again for all the out pour of love for our little guy and family.