I received this from Rob via Penny Gammill:
Preston Ray Abrahams (pronounced “Abrams”), the son of HSU MA graduate Marnie Sellers and the grandson of Rob and Janie Sellers, has now been home for a week after spending two weeks in the Neonatal ICU at Hillcrest Baptist Hospital in Waco. Preston, born February 25, at 8 pounds 12 ounces, was born with a condition some babies have called “loryngomalacia,” which is a narrow esophagus above the larynx or voicebox. When he inhales in breathing, the soft (somewhat undeveloped) esophagus wall collapses and the passageway narrows. This causes him to squeak or wheeze when he breathes, a condition known as “stridor.” While Preston is in no seeming danger of not breathing, he really has to work at it. Also, when he nurses or uses a bottle, he gets extremely exhausted because of the effort to keep that passageway open to breathe and swallow at the same time. Thus, he is not putting on very much weight. For example, in the last week, according to the pediatrician, he only gained 1.6 ounces. He was seen by a neonatal ENT at Scott and White in Temple, who said that he may not outgrow this condition for 18-24 months, during which time Marnie and Bobby have to work very hard to help Preston eat enough to grow, as well as to guard against his getting any upper respiratory illnesses. Obviously, this situation is a concern for the whole Sellers extended family. Please pray for Preston, and also for Marnie, who is sleeping very little (more than most new moms, perhaps) in her efforts to care for her son.