Sharon is doing much better and is getting rest at home after spending three days in the hospital getting treated for her seizures. We aren’t out of the woods yet with the seizures as there is about a two month window where another seizure is very possible. The key to preventing them is to make sure that Sharon gets plenty of rest and to lower our stress levels as much as possible. Thanks for your prayers.
Two days ago Sharon started losing feeling in parts of her body, feeling tense and disoriented after each nap between feedings. Chalking those weird symptoms up to sleep deprivation, we continued with our usual routine until Wednesday morning, August 28th when Sharon could not move her body and would not respond to my questions when she woke from a nap. We called 9-1-1 not knowing what had happened but very concerned about her elevated heart rate, numbness, dizziness, disorientation and trembling body. It turned out Sharon had suffered a post-pregnancy seizure (eclampsia). Fortunately, the 24 hours of magnesium she got here in the hospital should get us through the danger period after the pregnancy when a seizure is most likely to occur again. Praise the Lord! We should be discharged today. Thank-you so much for your love, prayers and concern. We are so thankful for good doctors and excellent care here at Sparrow Hospital.
Today we had another ultrasound to measure Rye’s progress. Sharon is 37 weeks tomorrow, which is considered full term so he could come at ANY TIME! We’re super excited to meet him and to hold him but seeing him on a screen is the second best thing! We got some really clear pictures of his face and feet this time on the big machine down at the hospital. Sharon thinks Rye has her lips and I think he has my nose so we will see when he comes! We’ll keep you updated. Love you all! -Ric
For the past couple weeks since we arrived back in the States we’ve been running around getting things ready for the baby. This involves all sorts of crazy things: car seat inspections, registries, hospital tours, Dr. checkups, baby showers, baby classes, family time and more. We’ve spent a ton of time researching things as diverse as baby cribs and bottles. Incidentally, when was the last time you went to Babys”R”Us? That place is like Walmart for babies! Just the car seat section is bigger than the entire baby section at most stores in Thailand. 500 dollar strollers and 1500 dollar cribs… unbelievable. Please continue to pray for us as our family grows from two to three and as we continue to grow closer through it. Pray for continued health for Sharon and the baby!
Ric and Sharon
Here is our July Newsletter. You can download the entire thing at Issuu or right here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1445748/June%20News%2013.pdf
We’re all set to move in at the end of May. The casa should be ready after a short cultural ceremony that will likely be performed on our behalf. This is great news as it will give us time to put some important things in place before we go home for the summer: burglar bars, air conditioner, water system, etc. Of course we’ll be excited to paint the baby’s room and get acquainted with our new surroundings. Thanks for the prayers for speed! The house is coming together.
Here are some shots inside and outside our new house! Enjoy seeing God at work preparing a place for us to stay. Thanks for your ongoing prayers that it will be completed in a timely manner.
-Ric and Sharon
Above you’ll see the latest picture snapped at our future love shack/ baby Rye playground/ cat castle. It’s coming along! Our April newsletter (available here) mentions a couple projects that will help our house in the village feel more like a home. We’re asking for your help in putting these couple of finishing touches on the house that will help us live there in comfort:
- Burglar bars/ screens on the windows.
- A backup water system
- An air conditioner (that tin roof will be HOT).
Please check out the newsletter (page 3) for all hot, sticky details. Thanks!
News flash to me: We’re moving in just a couple weeks. I’m hyperventilating as I think about it. Paper bag. Okay.
11 hours, 48 minutes. That’s the time, according to Google Maps, without potty breaks.* No potty breaks! No, we can have potty breaks but there will be no service plazas with Cinnabon and Starbucks. Just for “fun” I did some comparison travel times. That’s like moving from Lansing, Michigan to Boston, Massachusetts (driving through Canada). It takes 11 hours, 45 minutes to drive from Lansing to Montgomery, Alabama. If you’re headed west you’ll get to Lincoln, Nebraska in 11 hours and 45 minutes.
Let’s sum up: we’re about to make a really big change. I’m not even sure we’re aware of how big it will be and the profound impact it will have on our lives and ministry.
*not our exact ministry location
Little Richard Kenneth Bruce, IV is scheduled to make an appearance in August in Lansing, MI. We appreciate your prayers for the momma-to-be and baby Rye, as we’ll call him. What else is left? Dick, Rich and Ric are taken.
Sharon had a 20 week ultrasound yesterday. They checked things over really thoroughly: counting fingers, toes, checking the brain, looking for cleft palate, looking at all the organs and taking really careful measurements to determine the exact due date. To us, each of the appointments is special as we get a chance to see our son before he is even born.
So far so good. Keep praying!
This screen capture from a video I took at our monthly checkup yesterday shows Richard Kenneth Bruce, IV’s face. Sharon and our baby boy are doing well. He continues to grow, measuring a full week ahead of schedule. Definitely one of the perks of having our checkups here in Thailand is that we get to see and measure the baby’s progress every single month!
Yesterday we were also able to hear and see his heartbeat, see his his face and watch him shake a little shake, do a little dance and get down. He’s still too small for Sharon to feel but we’re anticipating that will happen soon. We appreciate your ongoing prayers for safety and health for Sharon and little Richard.