Archive for April 3rd, 2017

Daily Miracles…

This is Finley Kate Douglass, the daughter of a co-worker and friend and his wife, Jeffrey Douglass/Meredith Mauck Douglass. Finely was born at 26 weeks and weighed in at a whopping 1,5 pounds.

Miracles continue to happen with this child every day; she’s UP to 1 lb 9 ounces and is making progress. There is a Caring Bridge spot for updates, and a Go Fund Me page if you’d like to help. And of course, your prayers would be appreciated.

I contacted Jeff and Meredith and asked them to help me out with the details.

I want everyone to know about this baby, pray for this baby, and help this baby.

Below is their story thus far…

Our Story:

Meredith hadn’t been feeling as much movement from Finley all day Saturday or Sunday. so on Sunday morning, March 12th around 10:00 she decided to call her OB as she still wasn’t feeling much movement even though she had eaten a big breakfast and lay on her side for a while.

Her doctor told her to go ahead and come into L&D and get checked out to make sure everything was fine. The doctor said 90% of the time when they get these calls it turns out to be nothing but they always like to check just to make sure.

Meredith kept thinking she was overreacting and that she was going to get hooked up to the monitor and see Finley moving around like crazy.

We arrived 11:30, Mere was hooked up to the monitor and heard Finley’s precious heart beat right away so they assumed everything was fine.

About 30 minutes later the nurse came in and said it seems that your baby is “sleepy” so we are going to give you some IV fluids to see if she perks up and do an ultrasound to check her growth. A little bit of concern came over us but we were still hearing Finley’s heartbeat on the monitor so we weren’t too concerned.

After a full bag of fluids Finley didn’t perk up and the ultrasound was showing her growth at 24.5 weeks instead of 26 weeks. Their doctor came in and said that they were keeping Meredith overnight and most likely a lot longer than that.

The doctor informed us that there was definitely something going on with our little girl that wasn’t normal.

She told us that the maternal fetal specialist group that they work with was going to come and do another ultrasound to see what the blood flow through the umbilical cord looked like and recheck her growth.

During the ultrasound with the specialist Meredith knew something was really wrong. The specialist took over doing the ultrasound from the tech and looked around and then left the room. She came back a few minutes later and told the tech to just take minimum measurements and be done. The specialist doctor came back in and told us the blood flow through our little girl’s umbilical cord was reverse end diastolic flow.

They had two options on the table. 1. Wait it out and try and get at least 24 hours of steroids to help boost Finley’s lungs and development but run the risk of her passing away. 2. Go ahead and do an emergency C-section and take Finley right away. They decided to go ahead and do the emergency C-section in hopes that she would be able to grow more safely outside the womb and mitigate the risk of her passing in Meredith’s stomach.

Finley Kate Douglass was born at 5:50 PM weighing just 1.5 lbs. The NICU team took her away immediately and began their treatment. Since Finley has been born she has seen plenty of ups and downs which is pretty typical of babies born at 26 weeks.

She had a grade 4 brain bleed on day 3 which is the most severe grade of bleed. The doctors don’t know the effects of it and won’t know the full effects of it for years.

The big prayer request was for healing of the brain and for all the fluid and blood to be able to drain properly and not cause swelling in her head. Mere and Jeff We recently received news that by God’s grace there is no swelling in Finley’s head and it appears that she is healing well from the bleed. Finley continues to improve day by day and that is exciting to see.

Her lungs, stomach, and heart all seem to be getting stronger and developing well also.

God is so good and it is amazing to see His work throughout all of this.

Jeff and Meredith Douglass

Hey, it’s me again:  If you’d like to help, feel free to reach out to me via email.


Welcome to April!

We’ve gone a little crazy with the month long celebrations these days, but from time to time when the muses are being difficult, I will rely on societal trends and pop-culture for inspiration.

After all, inspiration is everywhere! (Cecil B. DeMille said that!)

So, today as I plowed through the web looking for inspiration I learned that April is National Internship Awareness Month, National Child Abuse Awareness Month, National Donate Life Awareness Month, National Cannabis Awareness Month, National Fair Housing Month, Month of the Military Child, International Guitar Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, Lawn and Garden Month, National Autism Awareness Month, National Couple Appreciation Month, National Decorating Month, National
Fresh Celery Month, National Garden Month, National Inventor’s Month, National Jazz Appreciation Month, National Soft Pretzel Month, National Soy Foods Month, National Straw Hat Month, National Poetry Month, National Pecan Month, National Welding Month, Occupational Therapy Month, Records and Information Management Month, Scottish- American Heritage Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month Stress Awareness Month, National Safe Digging Month, and Confederate History Month!

So why am I not inspired?

Really, there’s so much from which to choose!

And so many questions too!

Do interns really need a whole month?  And who pays attention to them anyway?  It’s usually, “Go get me coffee!” “Take these to the copy room.” Stuff like that.

Child abuse awareness should get a year; forget that, it should be on our minds 24/7!  And if we only donate life one out of 12, what happens to those in need of an organ?

Cannabis?  Really, are the stoners really aware?

Fair Housing, again year round!

And that military child thing?  What’s that all about?

If guitars get a month, do pianos?  Drums?  The Recorder?  Where do we stop?

And shouldn’t we keep America beautiful all the time, Lady Bird Johnson thought so! And why have a special month for Lawn and Garden?  Just pretty it UP all the time!

Autism  – a month?  C’mon people!  Pay attention!

And shouldn’t we value couples who make it all year long?  Why a month?

National Decorating month should be December if we have to have one, and if you start decorating in April, well, you’ve got too many decorations!




And why can’t the Keep America Beautiful, Lawn and Garden, and Garden people all get together; really, the more the merrier!

Inventors, Jazz artists, and Pretzel makers make me happy all year long!  I’d be nowhere without my phone, computer, and micro-wave, Grover Washington, and who doesn’t love pretzels all year long?

And what would Germantown do?  They’d have to have the Pretzel Festival in April!


National Soy Foods Month!!  No, just, no.

Minnie Pearl is dead, forget the straw hats!

Poetry – all year!

Welding – well, it’s a skill, a craft, and I’m thinking we’re gonna need a few in Atlanta to fix that overpass, so come on down and feel free to celebrate your profession.

Occupational Therapists work year round, celebrate them every day!

Records and information don’t need a month!  But then, they probably are lonely tucked away in the filing cabinet!

And what’s April got to do with Scotland?

Pecans!  We celebrate them all year long in Georgia!

Should I dig, and if I do should it be safely?  American Heritage, Confederate History?  Where do I go?

So many choices.

Still, I got nothin’!!