Update, Thursday 2/23, 10:45am: We have good reasons to be hopeful this morning! The doctors think that Linus has a normal, bacterial strain of pneumonia, so it should respond well to antibiotics. He has an intermittent low-grade fever, but that's a big improvement from last night when it hit 105. He still has an oxygen cannula, but seems to be doing well with a lower-level flow, which is another good sign. And Ambrose is doing just fine!
So there are many things to be thankful for! But please keep praying and thinking good thoughts for my sweet godson and his family. As far as I can tell, the goals are: fever completely gone, cough completely gone, O2 levels normal without any intervention, hemoglobin levels up somewhere closer to normal. And rest for Arwen, who was sitting up most of the night with a baby who decided he doesn't like hospital cribs.
Thank you all for your kind words, thoughts, and prayers. I know that your support is a source of encouragement to Arwen and Bryan!
This is Arwen's little sister Miriel, writing to ask for your fervent prayers for baby Linus. He was admitted to the hospital this afternoon with a respiratory infection, low blood oxygen saturation, and radically low hemoglobin levels (hovering at 4; normal is 11).
Our biggest concern is Linus's immediate health. Another major concern is long-term complications; the combination of low hemoglobin and respiratory distress can cause chronic congestive heart failure.
If you have extra prayers to spare, please offer them for Ambrose, who will be separated from his mama for long periods of time over the coming days and, against his stubborn will, needs to learn to take a bottle so he can eat. And pray for Camilla and Blaise, for resilience and consolation for them in a time of upheaval.
Please also pray especially for my sweet sister and her wonderful husband. This is so hard on them and they are already exhausted (two babies will do that to you). Arwen's wonderful friend Lauren is there to help her, which is a great grace, but they can still all use as many prayers as you can send their way. Thank you so much.
(Update: Linus has been diagnosed with pneumonia, so they're starting him on a course of antibiotics. His hemoglobin is also showing an upward trend--he's at 4.7 now. This is good news; please pray that the upswing continues.)