UPDATE (1/11/13) -last one for the night?-
Sooo, he’s open AND closed right now. His sternum isn’t pulled back together (as in, he’s ‘open’), but they have closed his skin to help prevent infection. He is stable and doing ‘good’…but the Doctor’s words were direct and challenging. We were told, ‘it’s up to him now’ (which was eerily similar to when we were pulling him off Ecmo this morning). We are thrilled he’s officially off Ecmo, yet all-the-more anxious to sleep tonight while he is fighting this ‘on his own’ (however ‘…the battle is not yours, but God’s’, right?! – 2 Chronicles 20:15). The ‘plan’ for this weekend is to relax and allow for the swelling to go down some more and allow Beckett to slowly gather his strength and independence. I really appreciate you all laboring over this with us, it has really helped us be reminded that we are not fighting this alone. ‘Please Beckett, you can do this. This battle is not yours, but the Lords. Hang in there bud!’ -Dad — with Leah ‘Whiteley’ Rupp at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.