By: Jennifer Murray

Oh Pillow, How I Missed You…

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…And Of Course My 3 Other Little Men too! 

We are HOME!  Just in time for tomorrow’s birthday! Sooooo great to all be under one roof again!!!

We have been so blessed by your faithful prayers. We were able to rest in God’s sovereignty and in His faithfulness during these past few scary and uncertain days. (Although we frequently had to remind ourselves to do so.)  It was so reassuring to know that people all over the nation (and some throughout the world) were praying!  Our only request is that you would continue to do so…

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Clark was treated for a combination of croup and most likely RSV, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, (aka The Rotten Stinky Virus).  He is being treated with steroid and breathing treatments as a support, but for the most part we have to just watch and wait.  He had another coughing attack last night, but we was able to resolve it in under 10 minutes and a few shorter spells this afternoon/evening.  We would really appreciate your specific prayers that he would not need another ER visit to address his breathing difficulty. As you can see from the pictures taken today before discharge, he has perked up quite a bit! 

Brooks was close to a hospital admission, as well, but seems to slowly be improving.  Isaac and Henry, although they are not themselves, are recovering as well.  We most likely have a house full of RSV that will make it’s presence known for quite a few more days (maybe even weeks) to come.  Even Brad and I have been socked with it!   Hopefully by getting more than a couple of hours of sleep, we’ll be able to fight this so we can care for these little germo munchkins to our best ability.

Obviously, their 2 year old birthday will be a low key event tomorrow, but we are so thankful for two years of life with four precious little boys.  We are more in love with them today than ever before!

A few more shoutouts (is that even a "cool" term anymore???) to some people who wouldn’t want the recognition, but to whom we are SO grateful for:

  • Melissa and Kara T. for picking up the other 3 boys at the ER, taking them home, and tucking them in
  • For Tami W. for coming to the rescue once again and serving us overnight Friday night
  • For Pam D. for praying with me over the phone with me while in the ER after being told that Clark was the sickest patient there, and the possibility of  "intubation" had us freaked out
  • For Gramma and Grampa for coming on Saturday and staying overnight so that mama and daddy could be with Clark. 
  • For Grandma and Grandpa for coming up today and for my mom staying overnight tonight so that we have extra hands, allowing me to some MUCH needed rest.
  • For Dan H. for delivering a air pump at 10 pm last night, so that I could rest on an air mattress last night.
  • For Emily U. providing some video distractions for the boys at home.
  • For the many churches, including our own, who have been supporting us with their love and prayers.
  • For my quad sistas who used their blogs and facebook pages, to update others and who were texting me constantly with messages of love.
  • To the Goerlich’s for delivering pizza and wings to our house tonight.  All the way from Texas, and it was still warm when it got here!
  • To Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent for providing us with incredible care. We were in such great hands!
  • To our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for holding little Clark’s life (and our other 3) in His hands
  • To All of YOU!  We consider you our dear friends – and your support means the world to us!

32 Responses to “Oh Pillow, How I Missed You…”

  1. Anonymous
    February 1, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    I never comment, but your blog tonight brought me to tears! I do not know you guys personally, but I am a sister in Christ and I check your blog daily along with the other quad sisters! We are the body of Christ and we were praying for you from here in the tundra (AKA: Minnesota 🙂 I am so thankful and praising the Lord with you all for Clark feeling better. We will continue to pray for you all. He is holding you all in His hands and is always in control…Your lives are a testimony of Him!!! Thanks for sharing.
    Love a Sister in Christ…

  2. Anonymous
    February 1, 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    Glad that Clark is on the mend. Continuing to pray for you here in Pennsylvania. God is good.

  3. Following HIM
    February 1, 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    So glad that Mr. Clark is home and resting now. Hope tonight is restful and the sweet TWO YEAR OLD quads feel better soon. Hope Clark, Issac, Brooks, and Henry feel better soon. You and Brad too!
    ~Elyse~

  4. Joy
    February 1, 2009 at 9:43 pm #

    We have been thinking and praying for you guys all weekend! I am glad to hear Clark is home and that he has been able to work through his coughing. We will continue to pray for a quick and speedy recovery for ALL of you! Please let us know if there is anything we can do! And, HAPPY BIRTHDAY boys!!!!

  5. 80fingersntoes
    February 1, 2009 at 9:56 pm #

    Jen and Brad,
    I’m so glad that Clark is better and is at home now where he belongs. Sorry that all of you have fought “the germs” this winter. I’ll continue to pray for all of you and hope that everyone continues to get healthy!
    Big hugs!!

  6. Lisa Johnson
    February 1, 2009 at 10:11 pm #

    I found your blog from the Goerlichs, and I am so happy to hear Clark is doing well. I will continue to pray for him. 2 of my babies have had croup the last 3 years and there have been several ER visits. It is scary! The best advice I ever had was that during the coughing fits take them outside if it is freezing, or if you live where it’s hot… stick their head in the freezer. 🙂 It sounds crazy, but it really works!! They catch their breathe almost immediately.

  7. Mountain Girl
    February 1, 2009 at 10:12 pm #

    I am so glad that Clark is back home again and I hope and pray there are no more ER visits. I pray that tonight your whole family gets much needed rest and miraculous healing!

  8. Robyn
    February 1, 2009 at 10:22 pm #

    Glad you are home…in our prayers. Try to rest!

  9. Stacey
    February 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm #

    So glad you are home in your own beds. I will continue to pray for all of you. Welcome to the “2’s” boys!

  10. Margot
    February 1, 2009 at 10:45 pm #

    I am so glad your home. I will definately be praying for you guys. I know how scary it was for us with just one sick but having 4 with it at the same time is heartbreaking. I wish I lived closer, I would so be there to hold your hand while you were going through this. Actually I’d so be there to let you sleep while I administered those nasty breathing treatments making an absolute fool of myself for the kiddos so they wouldn’t cry about the masks on their faces. I know mine HATED the treatments. Six years later he can do them himself but the first few months were very rough.

  11. Jess
    February 1, 2009 at 10:50 pm #

    Oh, good! What a great birthday present!

    I’m so glad Clark is home and feeling better!

    I’ll keep praying for all 6 of you!

  12. Rachael
    February 1, 2009 at 10:59 pm #

    what wonderful news! sending you continued prayers!

  13. Katrine
    February 1, 2009 at 11:14 pm #

    I’m so glad you’re home! I’ve been thinking about you all day. My continued prayers are with you.

  14. debbale
    February 1, 2009 at 11:18 pm #

    So glad to hear he is home.
    Happy Birthday boys!!

  15. Anonymous
    February 1, 2009 at 11:42 pm #

    Hello Jen,
    My name is Amelia and I haven’t commented before but was directed to your blog a few months ago through a friend of a friend. I am a sister in Christ and live in Washington DC. I just want to let you know I am praying for Clark and the rest of you! Thank you for your strong witness through your tough times, it has been a real inspiration to me.

    We can do all things through Him who strengthens us! 🙂

  16. The McNulty Family
    February 1, 2009 at 11:46 pm #

    Happy Birthday Boys!! We love you and are so happy your all together for the BIG (low key) day. I wish we could be with you to celebrate and hug your little selves!!

    ALL OUR LOVE!!
    Gen, Conor, Russ, Ally, Molly and Libby

  17. mrs boo radley
    February 2, 2009 at 12:22 am #

    Praying that you will all enjoy your birthday at HOME, and that it will be ER visit-free!

  18. Rebekah
    February 2, 2009 at 1:14 am #

    This stuff is scary. My son Ricky (with cystic fibrosis), now 13, had RSV at 13 months old and spent 11 days in the hospital. At age 3 he had croup and we spent the night in the ER, but that was really scary because he went into respiratory distress when we were in the car on the way there.

    Anyway, I’m glad your little guy is on the mend and I hope the other three don’t get the worst of it. Thinking about you guys!

  19. Anonymous
    February 2, 2009 at 1:20 am #

    I have been praying for you all weekend. I hope you all kick this RSV quickly and can celebrate!

    Thinking of you!

    Jennifer
    fellow mo-mo mom

  20. Kylie
    February 2, 2009 at 4:09 am #

    I’m so glad that Clark is home. It’s so frightening when your little ones are in hospital. My son had pnumonia at 2 weeks old and was hospitalised. It was horrible. I hope that you get some well deserved rest and enjoy that party!

  21. lynne from uk
    February 2, 2009 at 5:36 am #

    I’m glad Clark s feeling better, and would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Clark,Isaac, Brooks and Henry for tomorrow (well it’s today now). I hope you all have a lovely day.

  22. Hilary
    February 2, 2009 at 7:47 am #

    glad everyboady is getting better!!!

  23. Hilary
    February 2, 2009 at 7:47 am #

    glad everyboady is getting better!!!

  24. Kate
    February 2, 2009 at 9:01 am #

    Praise the Lord! Praying for continued recovery for ALL the boys.

    What wonderful friends and family you have to give so much support.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOYS!!!

  25. Heidi
    February 2, 2009 at 9:33 am #

    So thankful to hear that all the boys are on the mend, and that Clark was able to come home!! Happy Birthday boys!!

  26. Suzanne
    February 2, 2009 at 10:37 am #

    SO GLAD you are all home!!! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY Murray cutie pat-tooties!!!! We love you so much!

    eat some cake for us!
    xoxoX,
    suz, joe, ben, sav, ethan, and drew

  27. Moni Graf
    February 2, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    Happy 2nd birthday Henry, Clark, Issac and Brooks! Praying you are all on the mend and are able to enjoy a GREAT birthday week!

    Love,
    Moni, Billy, Pius, Forrest, Laine and Danna Graf

  28. Jutta Bretl, Germany
    February 2, 2009 at 11:53 am #

    I am so glad Clark is at home now to celebrate the quads 2nd birthday.

    Henry, Clark, Isaac and Brooks I hope you have a wonderful Happy 2nd Birthday.

    One of many *lurkers* from Germany

    Jutta Bretl, Solingen, Germany
    former Coconut Creek, FL resident

  29. The Gerwer Babies
    February 2, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    Happy birthday you handsome lil men!!
    I am so sorry they are sick on theri birthday, especially with something so rotten (GREAT defination of RSV, rotten stinky virus). I am glad clark is on the mend and i pray the others are headed that way too…. LOVE YOU

  30. Laura
    February 2, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    I wasn’t around this weekend. I sure missed a lot. I am SOOO sorry. I will add him and your family to my prayers now. ((HUGS)) how scary!

  31. Heather B.
    February 2, 2009 at 5:48 pm #

    I am so glad to hear that you guys are home!!! I pray the boys continue to get better everyday!

    Happy 2nd Birthday Sweet Boys!!!

  32. Terri
    February 2, 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    So glad everyone is home and under one roof just in time for a birthday celebration!

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