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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Update: experts say "wait"

So we do.

My son shows signs of brain activity beyond what the experts call "brain death". He seems to react minimally to some of the ignominious things the nurses do to him.

Our doctor thinks I witnessed the cause of some unexplained SIDS cases. The only sign anything was wrong was a seizure which consisted of a couple quick arm movements which looked like punches. Having studied my son for two months, I knew something was wrong. Within a couple seconds, his face turned blue. This, I've been told, is a classic symptom of a seizure. Instantaneous bluing of the face is not oxygen deprivation but the brain shutting down the blood flow to the face. The instant I saw blue I picked up the phone within arm's reach and dialed 911. I tried to talk to the 911 operator while giving my son mouth-to-mouth.

It was awful. The EMT's showed up in about fifteen hours (a couple minutes). Before they left the house I heard "full arrest". Nobody should ever have to hear that about their two month old son.

Thank you for all the kind words. I broke down when I read all the wonderful things everyone had to say yesterday.

It figures at least one cowardly worm hiding behind "Anonymous" would stink up the place. Such is the nature of the Internet. I thought it might be worse. Trolls are of such low quality these days.


NY Nana said...


Thank G-d! You have no idea how many of us are praying for you, and this news is encouraging! Alex is a fighter, and he will show the MD's.

You and Alex and your wife are in our thoughts and prayers, and we await your next update. Please give your wife our love. Kiss Alex for us, and take care of yourselves.

Re the nic jacking? I think you know us well enough to tell who is the real person..and the other? They will get theirs.

All that matters is the baby!

Love you!

NY Nana said...

I have to admit, I have no clue whatsoever how to find "the other" so please excuse the obviously empty threat. (And I promised myself not to pay attention to the trolls! Sigh.)

PDM said...

Hi Chip,

Like so many of us out here, I will keep praying for baby Alex.
Please know that if there is anything we can do for you in addition to praying, we will do what we can.

As a father who spent time with his son in a NICU, I can imagine what you must be going through.
I pray that G-d gives you and you wife the strength you need to get through this difficult time and that a blessing of happiness reaches you very, very soon.

PDM said...

Chip, This is better news than you imagine. The brain is capable of recovery man cannot begin to fathom. Keep talking to him, touching him, encouraging him, singing to him, laughing to in day out, week in week'll see

He will come back to you
G-d bless your family and your wife,Pamela

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...


All I can do.

Anonymous said...

Can't express my feelings.

My solemn prayers for your son.


Anonymous said...

Hang in there, Chip. Please e-mail if you've a moment.

American Soldier/FASTAC 6

realwest said...

Chip - we are all praying for you and your family. If there's anything else we can do, please let us know.

Anonymous said...

I'm continuing to pray morning, noon and night. I pray that you will see your son grow to be a wonderful man, and that he will bring joy to you all your life and in your old age.
Marine Mom

jinnderella said...

that is wonderful news! i hope you have time to read my emails. i sent you a second opinion-- i got it from my doctor dad. :)
hopeful jinn

rightymouse said...

No matter what happens, I'd still wager that your kid will end up better than my autistic loser. We should form a club.

zombie said...

We're all hoping for the best. Didn't you once speculate that you were somehow connected to the whole French king/Mary Magdalene/Sangraal mystery? If that's true, then your son is genetically connected too, which means he may possess the healing powers of the Merovingians in his veins. Either way, he is a magical child.

My thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...

I'm very encouraged by this news. May God bring the best of all these hard moments. My prayers are again for you and your family.
NO autist is a loser. Not at all. Please, don't look at it that way. He or she is your beloved child, a child of God too and, who knows what plans the Lord has for him/her?
May God bless us all.

Anonymous said...

Keep going Beagle. Be strong. We're still praying.

Much Love


Anonymous said...

Just heard about this _I'm SO sorry! Keeping your precious son and you all in prayer. So many people are thinking of you and praying for you.


papijoe said...

We're going to keep praying and amen to what Pamela said.

Mcgyver said...

We continue to keep our hopes and prayer for Alex and your family.

Mcgyver, out

anon-LGF-lurker said...

my thoughts and hopes are with you and ur family at this time ,

Ed Moran said...

I'm doing the only thing I can, saying prayers for your son, your wife and you.


BabbaZee said...

Beagle and Son of Beagle we love you and you are constantly in our prayers.
People are praying for you all over this world!
May it be His Will that everything and more will be restored to you and your family...

Anonymous said...

Chip, thanks to Ny Nana for alerting me to this, I've been offline for awhile. If prayers and tears can work miracles, the kid's gonna grow up to be President. I really wish we could all physically be with you and your wife just to hold you both.

Much love,

airforcewife said...

we're praying so hard for you. I'm so glad to hear that things are better, even if only a little. Every little bit counts.

sandspur said...

We are wearing holes in the knees of our jeans praying for Alex and you and Mrs. Beagle. The power of prayer is mighty.

RebTex said...

Hang in there, friend.
Miracles happen EVERY day!

Right Wing Nut Job said...

My prayers continue for Alexander, you and your wife. The Holy Spirit continues to provide the grace you need. It is all part of the Lord's great plan. God Bless you.

Anonymous said...

Last night at 9 p.m. there was a ring of prayer from all over the world for Alex.
Chip continue in faith. The Lord will uphold you and your wife as your son continues to heal.
May the Holy Spirit be your comforter.


PollyPrissypants said...

I am praying for you and your family - may the Lord hold each of you in His nail-scarred hands and give you strength.


cba said...

Chip, thanks so much for the update. Love and prayers to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chip: Just after you were at lgf last night (8:56 p.m. est)--just at 9:00 p.m. I stopped and prayed with everyone else. From what you tell us you couldn't have moved faster. You saw something happening and called. So maybe this will be a clue they can use to uncover the cause of SIDs (or some forms of it). It sounds as if something just stopped working and everything else followed that. If they can find what the first thing was they'll know if they can guard against it in the future. In the meantime, I and everyone else continue to keep Alexander in our prayers as well as you and your wife. Rest in G*d right now. Alexander's in the best place on earth for him right now. G*d Bless you, Beagle! :)

foreign devil

El Cid said...


One prayer has been answered...WE just need ALL of them answered, mind over matter, words to the Big Boy upstairs, BOTH, OR whatever it takes. The community of LGF, (aka Charles Johnson's Blog...:) stands with you. Whether you need strength, shoulder, or anything, WE are there.

You mentioned yesterday, something that the Doctor said that would lead a Father to pick up said Doctor by the lapels of his/her white smock. Is Alexander in Orlando or Gainesville?

El Cid

NY Nana said...

Beagle posted this on LGF a little while ago on 'the lizard is watching' thread!

Beagle 5/4/2005 09:05PM PDT

Anoles are randy this time of year. I committed coitus interruptus just yesterday in the back yard. It's a big reptile orgy out there.

No change in my son: stable but critical. I'm heading back to the hospital once I get the dogs and cats squared away.

Never take time with your loved ones for granted.

A nice, attractive Muslima RT took care of my son's vent earlier tonight. It's unfortunate that my mind races to all sorts of crimes against humanity while she's being humane."

LASunsett said...

Hang in there Chip. Babies at that age are more resilient than adults, sometimes. I will keep you in my prayers.

As far as the troll is concerned, out of 130 comments only one was from an idiot troll? You know the old saying, there has to be one in every crowd and if it wasn't for him/her, there would not have been one there living out his/her purpose.

Al said...

Best of luck to you sir. While I do not believe in a god(s) that "allowed this to happen" or conversely could heal your son, I hope the doctors are able to help him. Tragedy happens every day, and I hope you are able to deal with it in an emotionally stable manner and that you are able to have another child in the future if things do not work out.

Anonymous said...

I am grateful to see evidence of your keeping your perspective re: the Muslima RT. Still praying and sending vitual cassaroles. Wish I could clean your house for you or something. Extra prayers on this National Day of Prayer.


Alnot said...

As the father of a severely brain damaged son named Alexander I have quite a bit of sympathy for what you are going through. My Alex is nineteen now and does a lot more than what the doctors thought he could. Keeping you in my prayers and letting you know that there are people who have been where you are and ready to help in any way you need.

Megan said...

I'm glad to hear some hopeful news about your son! Again, I send my best wishes to you, your wife, and your baby. Thank you for the update, because I'm sure going on the internet is the last of your concerns right now, but it is good for all of us supporting you to hear the news.

BabbaZee said...

Beagle, they are even praying in Israel for your baby now.
A note has been carried to the wall for your son by some Yeshiva students.
May we merit a miracle for your baby boy!
Love to you with all my heart and soul.

Megan said...

Beagle, you seem to be strong and brave in your handling of this terrible situation. And you're not letting the idiot troll get to you.

zulubaby said...

Thinking of you, beagle, and praying for the best.


Thom said...

babbazee said...

Beagle, they are even praying in Israel for your baby now.
A note has been carried to the wall for your son by some Yeshiva students.

That is beautiful. What a community this is.

Beagle, your son and you are in my thoughts.

Sandspur said...

Just came by to say, I am still praying hard for strength, for grace, and for a miracle that your son be restored to you. Bless you all.

Anonymous said...

We're still here, Chip. Praying for all 3 of you.


Gill said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

NY Nana said...


Just looking in to see if there is any news about Alex.

You are always in our thoughts and in our prayers, and send we you love and hope.

Rancher said...

May God see you all through this time of incredible trial. I will continue to pray.

Always On Watch said...

Beagle (or anyone else who knows),
How is Alex? The last info I saw was "stable but critical."

jinnderella said...

i was offline last night when beagle sent me an email at 10:30pm mountain time last night.
They are going to disconnect Alex's ventilator today.
They are already at the hospital.
I will post Chip's email if he gives me permission.
it is heartbreakingly beautiful.

please pray for the beagles, and offer what comfort you can.

Anonymous said...

Saw Jinderella's post of your letter. No words. You and your family are in my thoughts & prayers tonight.

Earl said...


You and your family have all of our sympathies.

In coelo quies est


Rancher said...

May God help you through this most difficult of times. You and your family are in my prayers.