Starting Dialysis

They decided to start dialysis today on Cohen. He has so much fluid and since his kidneys and liver aren’t functioning properly to rid them, they must do something to flush the system out to see if his kidneys and liver will start working. We certainly pray this works! It’s hard to tell right now what kind of failure his kidneys and liver have at this point. The failure is due to the procedures he has had to have and the drugs he has been on in the past week.

Luckily, he has been weened off a LOT of the meds. So far, his vitals have been holding. The scary one for Brent and I seems to be the amiodarone. This was the medication he was put on after his cardiac arrest last week. It helps pace the heart. Well, it’s toxic to the liver and/or kidneys. So, they took him off of this yesterday morning. They do have some on standby if he starts to have any arrhythmias. We also pray this doesn’t happen. That cardiac arrest really set him back.

They do have a concern that there could be an opening or tear between his PD cath and chest tubes. If this is the case, the dialysis fluid can get up into the chest cavity. It shouldn’t be harmful but it won’t allow the dialysis to work as it should. So we REALLY need for the dialysis fluid to drain out the PD cath so that it focuses on the area that needs to be flushed!

Please work dialysis.

Thank you for praying for our sweet baby!!!

Here are some pictures we took this morning…..

aren’t Cohen’s pups cute? The blue one is BT and we are still working on a name for the other one. He looks just like Elton! My brother got it for him.
they are keeping a close eye on him….

sweet little hands….

While we try to wait patiently, we will snack on these thanks to the Gross’. Thank you guys :)

We’ve gotten lots of sweet treats in the past few days! We are loving them! Also snapping pics to post of them.

I’ll keep you updated.



  1. says

    I am praying that the dialysis will work and that Cohen's kidneys and liver start to work on their own. He is such a sweet little guy. I love that picture of his tiny precious hands.

  2. says

    Megan, you look absolutely gorgeous. I know you said that you put on makeup for the first time today, so I bet that felt good. But either way, you look amazing for having just had a baby and for everything that you're going through. We are continuing to pray for Cohen. Every night before bed I pray with my 1 y.o. for his friend Cohen :) Thanks for keeping us updated. We'll keep up the prayers!!

  3. says

    That sweet boy has more strength than he will EVER know and so do his parents!!!!! I am praying that the dialysis will work effectively and do its job and get the ball rolling to getting him healthy and home where he belongs. Love you all!!

  4. says

    Megan, you are such a beautiful person inside & out. I'm praying so hard for your sweet angel. He is so beautiful! I love his little "ET thumb". He looks so healthy underneath all those cords. Gosh, my heart just goes out to you & your family. Sending lots of love your way…


  5. says

    Continuing to pray for Cohen and that his dialysis will work. As the mother of a little boy I hurt for both of you. I also admire your strength and courage. Looking at the pictures of his perfectly formed little hands brings tears to my eyes.

  6. says

    Praying that the dialysis works for you Cohen!

    Megan..I had to take Amidarone for awhile a couple of years ago after my heart surgery along with Coumadin because of ahrythmias (sp)and I had to have my levels checks every week. Amidarone is tuff on the body but it corrected the problem so I was thankful for it.
    You are such a sweet and lovely lady and I am so sorry you have having to go through all of this..but our dear Lord has you and Brent and sweet Cohen in his loving hands!

    Bless you

    Linda from Texas

  7. says

    Bella and I are praying hard for you Meghan, Brent and Cohen specially.

    Bella also had damage in her liver when she had her bowel issues. She's had too much medication for almost 4 months, so her liver was in very bad shape and very enlarged. But after they took off the meds it slowly went back to its normal size and started working fine again.

    The dialysis WILL WORK, all fingers crossed.

    Love his little furry friends around him, I am sure he is happy to have some toys around.

    love from Calgary
    Rita and Bella

  8. says

    Oh wow, reading about Cohen is bringing back a whole lot of memories from what we went through the past 3 months with our son Luke. He has been through EXACTLY everything your little one is going through right now. Just know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It's tough, I know, but stay strong. He will beat all this. God Bless you all.

    ~Erica in New Jersey.

  9. says

    Oh Megan & Brent, I've not ever written to you before, but today I felt led too…I have been following your blog for some time now (through Kelly's Korner) and cannot tell you enough how precious Cohen is. Even under all of those wires he is the luckiest little boy to have such wonderful parent as you two. Please know that Cohen and your family are not only lifted up in prayer within our family, but with my Church family as well. Thank-you for keeping us updated so we know how to pray specifcally. Much love to ALL of you!!!

  10. says

    I pray that dialysis works for sweet Cohen. He is absolutely adorable and those pics of his hands just brought me to tears. As a mommy of a 4 year old and a 5 month old, trying to envision my children lying there literally broke my heart in two. I give you and your husband SOOOO much admiration and am in awe of your amazing strength. Although I don't know you or your sweet little boy I will be certain to send many prayers to God on Cohen's behalf.

    Love and prayers,

  11. says

    Hi Megan, I just found your blog through the world of tumblr, and I am sending so many prayers to you and your family. I can already tell Cohen is a BIG fighter, he'll get through all of this! I have complete and utter faith

    People all over the world are rooting for your little guy, remember that!!!

  12. says

    I couldn't help but cry looking at these pictures. I cannot even begin to imagine the emotional roller coaster you and Brent must be going through right now. I am praying so hard for you guys. Cohen is so beautiful, hooked up to monitors and all. He is absolutely perfect. I wish you were closer and I could come keep you company! :)

  13. says

    Continuing to pray for precious Cohen, and both you and Brent. I hope the dialysis will do the trick, and give the kidneys some quiet time, so they can kick in afterwards.Love the pictures of Cohen and his "pups". The black and white one reminds me of an Oreo cookie.
    I lost my precious granddaughter, Madelyn, 3 yrs. ago, at 4 mos. old. I have prayed to her, and asked her to watch over Cohen and keep him safe. Can't hurt to have a real angel watching over him!!
    May God continue to give you the strength you need to go through this journey.
    You all, are thought of with love and mostly HOPE!

    A Mom-Mom in NJ

  14. says

    I am praying that dialysis works for Cohen, he is in my prayers and so are you all!!! Love hte pictures, such a doll baby. I love his pups, precious. To be going through all of this You look beautiful and I know it all must be so tough praying for god to give you the strength you need girl!!!

  15. says

    Megan, I am praying for Cohen and know that there are so many others that are also. I love his little puppies, they're so adorable! I pray that the dialysis will work and they will start functioning properly very soon.

  16. says

    oh, please please work dialysis. I'm saying my prayers. He's such a sweet little boy…those cute little fingers are adorable!

  17. says

    Many prayers to you. I greatly admire the strength you and Brent have. I know you may feel weak, both physically and emotionally, but to all of us…you are absolutely amazing. You are such a testimony of God's grace and love.

    I pray for continued function of Cohen's kidneys and liver and that the dialysis will resolve those issues.

  18. says

    Just lifted Cohen up again in prayer. He is just precious. What a sweet little trooper he is. He's a strong boy! God, heal his liver and kidneys in the Name of Jesus!

  19. says

    I have been following your story for a while but haven't commented. I am constantly thinking and praying for your family. What wonderful parents Cohen has–and what a strong little guy you have!

  20. says

    I love Cohen's sweet little hands! I pray that his kidneys and liver recover. The puppies watching over him are so cute. I just know he'll be grabbing on to them soon. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

  21. says

    He is beautiful, Megan!

    I'm glad you posted this update because now I know what to specifically pray for. Just remember that God always has the final say.

    Revelation 12:11 says, "They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…" Just block out what the doctors say and claim health and restoration for Cohen. I've been in scary situations similar to this, but just know that God can give you a peace like no one else.

  22. says

    My heart is broken for you. I know how rough it is to see your little baby in this condition, but if I was to offer one piece of advice it would be… be there for him whenever you can. Your touch, your voice, a mothers love will see him through.
    Offer your pain up for him and let him know how much you love him and your fears will subside.
    He needs you most of all mommy.
    God Bless you both

  23. says

    I have been following your blog since February and just wanted to let you know we are praying for Cohen, his medical team and for you.
    Katie from ND

  24. says

    Praying for him!! I hope that everything works out wonderfully for Cohen, and wish him all the best! Thanks for keeping us updated!

  25. says

    Wow. I have been out of the blog-osphere for quite some time…Congrats on the baby, you look wonderful. I will definitely keep baby Cohen in my prayers as well as you and daddy! Prayer is powerful and you seem to have many people sending up prayers for you.

  26. says

    You look beautiful in that picture megan! I know it has to be so hard seeing your baby all hooked up to all those wires and not being able to snuggle with him! I pray the dialysis works and that he can begin the healing process and you get to hold your sweet little boy!!

  27. says

    Megan, I've been following your blog for a while now, since the beginning of your journey with little Cohen. I think you are simply the sweetest person! I have no words to convey my sorrow for you. I will continue to pray for you and your family.
    Thoughts and Prayers,

  28. says

    Praying for peace for your family. Cohen has touched many lives in his short life. God used him in big ways. Praying you find peace and strength during this difficult time.

  29. says

    I can't even begin to imagine what you and your family are going through right now. I pray that you can find peace during this heartbreaking time. Know thst so many people are praying for you guys right now. Xox

  30. says

    We continue sending prayers and love. Cohen was a beautiful and wonderful gift and touched so many throughout his little life… May God's hands lift your family up and guide you through this.

  31. says

    A million hugs and prayers coming your way, and that's just from little ole me…you have the world praying for you all xoxo We love you Megan, Brent and Cohen xoxox

  32. says

    I'm praying for Cohen and also for you two!!! God is so good!

    3 of my children have had to have PD!! It worked awesome and their kidneys work perfectly now!!

  33. says

    Mine and my family's prayers are with your family. I just found your blog from a mutual twitter friend and I could not stop my tears when I saw how beautiful Cohen is. I will keep praying for you.

    So do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
    Isaiah 41:10

  34. says

    I just saw your blog mentioned on a blog friend of mine and my heart aches for you and your husband! I am sending lots of prayers and hugs your way! Cohen is beautiful.

  35. says

    Megan and Brent-

    I cannot imagine your pain and sorrow and grief right now. I'm still praying so hard for you and precious Cohen. He has touched so many in such a short time!

    Psalm 139:13

  36. says

    So very sorry for you guys. Know that your family is being lifted up in prayer in many places tonight! Praying that the Lord gives you guys strength and a sense of peace…Cohen has touched so many people:)

  37. says

    Megan, please know we are wrapping you guys in prayers and God's peace. Please know God has used Cohen's little life to touch so many-he is a blessing!

  38. says

    There are no words right now, only tears. Hold on to each other, and know that Cohen felt your love, and took it with him. He is with many precious angels now. I know, because one of them is my sweet granddaughter. Hold true to your faith, and take one step at a time. May God Bless you and your family. Cohen will never be forgotten, and he will always be a part of your heart!

    Prayers and Heartfelt Sympathy,
    A Mom-Mom in NJ

  39. says

    I am so sorry about Cohen. God has a plan and he has Cohen with him now and angels all around him. I can't even imagine the pain you are feeling. God has a plan and has his arms around you all too.
    I pray that God gives ou the strength.

  40. says

    Going before the throne praying that God would stretch His hand out over to Cohen to heal his heart, liver & kidneys in the name of Jesus and perform miraculous signs and wonders in his name! Praying that by faith in Jesus, this baby who I see will be made strong. (Acts 3:16 & Acts 4:30) Will continue to pray for him

  41. says

    i've been reading your blog for a few weeks now and praying for you and your sweet baby. i am so sorry that you lost him today. i can't even imagine. you, your husband, and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  42. says

    Megan, I am in tears after reading the news. May God lift you and Brent and your families up during this difficult time. What a beautiful baby Cohen was and a blessing to so many during his short life. Love to you.

  43. says

    I don't even have the words to tell you how I am feeling for your family. I have been following you for a long time. My heart is aching. I know you are very strong and a great momma. The best mom Cohen could ever have. I will always remember him.

  44. says

    So sorry to read on facebook what you are going through. My prayers are with you! I love your blog – you are such sweet people!

  45. says

    Sleep with angels precious Cohen!

    Megan and Brent, may you know the peace that surpasses all understanding. May God bless you and keep you in the days to come!

  46. says

    Megan & Brent-

    I know there is nothing that anyone can say that will take away your heartache and pain. But just know that Cohen has touched so many people around the entire world and we are wrapping you guys in love tonight. Although we've never met, I have faithfully prayed for you over the past few months and will continue to do so in the future. May the Lord comfort you as you face what has to be an incredibly difficult time. He is with you always and will never leave your side. Praying!

  47. says

    I never met your family in real life- but as soon as I became pregnant I searched the blogosphere for other women who were taking on this journey to parenthood and was led to your wonderful, loving, nurturing, uplifting and heartfelt blog.

    I am also a pediatric RN- so following your journey from my home in Southern California during the end of my graduate studies really gave me something to look forward to each day as I heard about Baby Cohen's updates!

    The latest update really tugged on my heartstrings. Please know, through out your journey, I (as many others) sent warm fuzzies, well wishes and prayers in your families direction so that you would not carry your heart ache alone.

    Like I said before I am a pediatric RN- and as the other medical professionals in Dallas are at your side- we all share one indescribable blessing. We are blessed to have been part of your journey. I'm so sorry Cohen's journey is short. But he was loved more by so many strangers than any other lil child of God has ever been loved.

    Please know this blog community is here for you. Thank you again for sharing your pregnancy and birth. It was amazing, beautiful and I could feel the tremendous amount of love all the way over here in SoCal!

    I will continue to pray that God embraces you and your family during this difficult time. I am so sorry your heart will ache. I was so touched by your loving words, nurturing heart- and know that God gave Cohen the perfect parents to give him all the love he deserved on this earth.


  48. says

    Megan, I am sitting here literally sobbing and saying "no no no" over and over. I can't imagine how you and Brent are feeling. Please know that I am praying SO hard for you both.

    I am so so so sorry. I don't know what else to say.

    Please know that my heart is with you….and I will keep praying.

  49. says

    Just know that I am in prayer for your family.

    The Lord knows His reasons…but we will never understand.

    I pray for peace and comfort.


  50. says

    I sit here sobbing having not a clue of the pain you are going through but I do want you to know that we are praying for you…and I mean that!

    I pray that you feel God's presence in your time of need! I pray that you lean on Him b/c we both know that nothing else will give us strength to get us through the next day! I also pray that you feel our prayers, that they become a comfort to you!

    Megan, God has placed you in this community of believers to help you through this, I pray that you will be able to be comforted through this!


  51. says

    Oh my goodness, there are no words to convey my sadness and sorrow for baby Cohen and your family. We know God has his reasons why, but sometimes that doesn't make it seem any better.
    I have been a faithful follower of your blog for a while now. You and baby Cohen have touched my life, and so many other lives, and my heart breaks for you all at this moment. May God wrap his arms around baby Cohen, and you and your family during this very difficult time.
    Always sending love and prayers from GA.

  52. says

    Megan, I heard the news this morning and I can't express how sorry I am. I have been so blessed by following your pregnancy over the last few months and then seeing the miracle of Cohen's birth and his courageous fight. I love you all and will pray for God's presence to surround you in your sorrow.

  53. says

    Praying for you and your family Megan…My heart goes out to you at this impossible time. Cohen touched so many in his short time here.

  54. says

    I really can't imagine how broken your hearts are after so much. There are no words. I pray that God fills you with peace in knowing your baby will suffer no more. He is now resting in the loving arms of our Savior. God has purpose for you in all of this and your pain will not be forgotten. May He be glorified through your lives and story. God bless you both.

  55. says

    I am so sorry Megan. I don't know you guys except for following along on the blog, and I am sitting here sobbing in my living room for you. It breaks my heart that such wonderful people have to go through something so devastating. Continuing to pray for you.

  56. says

    Megan and Brent i wish there were words that could take your pain away, I wish that just knowing that precious Cohen is no longer in pain and with God could make everything better but nothing will take such pain, and I'm sorry for that, just know that for the small amount of time baby Cohen was with us he gave us courage lots and lots of Love and brought so many of us together. I know that know I will try to live my life a little better to honor baby Cohen. I don't know you guys but I feel a bit of ur pain.

  57. says

    Still praying and thinking of your guys everyday all day. I will be up there in a few days for Kyah's appointment. Please let me know if you think of anything you guys might need.

  58. says

    You are in my prayers…I am so sorry. My heart hurts for you and your family, but I will pray hard for peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.

  59. says

    My heart hurts for you and your precious family! I will continue to pray that God covers you in His love and gives you all abounding strength, xoxo

  60. says

    Megan and Brent – there are no words, but I do want you to know that I am praying for your peace. Baby Cohen is a blessing to all that were able to "know" him…
    Praying for you both.

  61. says

    I'm so sorry Megan. When I read the news this morning I sat at my computer and sobbed. I've been checking your blog, twitter and the Send Love to Cohen blog multiple times a day since Cohen was born hoping and praying for good news each time. I am so heartbroken for you and your family.

  62. says


    I haven't been able to comment because I can't even wrap my mind around this. I am so incredibly sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.



  63. says

    Gorgeous photos. I am so sorry for your loss. I just found your blog and I couldn't be more sorry for your family at this time. There are no words. God bless you and your family.

  64. says

    You may not come back in the blogosphere for a while, you may not even read this, but if you ever do please know that you have entire communities praying for your family. I'm so sorry Megan and Brent. We are all here for you. -Jen

  65. says

    Megan, I am completely heartbroken for you. I can't imagine the pain you must be experiencing right now. Cohen is playing up in Heaven with Jesus right now, and you will have a guardian angel to watch over you until you see him again. That little baby touched my heart more in his short life than I could ever imagine, as I'm sure he did a million times more for you. You are in my prayers always.


  66. says

    I am thinking of both of you, so much. This morning I was on a ten mile run and just thought about you and your family the entire time. Thank you so much for sharing is story with us, and being so open to us who have never met you.

    I pray that God puts his hands on both of you during this time.


  67. says

    Oh Megan and Brent —

    I have been thinking of you so much since I heard the news. I wish there was something I could do to help. Just know that there are hundreds of people thinking of you and praying for you right now.


  68. says

    Oh Megan… I am praying for you all right now. That God will embrace you in his mighty arms and give your the peace and comfort that your aching hearts need to heal. I can not imagine the hurt that you are feeling. I can not fin the words to express my deepest sorrow. Baby Cohen will never be forgotten, but remembered instead with so much love, even from those that never had the chance to meet him.

  69. says

    How can I begin to tell you how my heart is aching for you both? I pray that the Lord will comfort you both! I guess the best thing I can possibly say is that I will lay your names before the Lord knowing that THAT is the only comfort you can possibly get. All my love –

    Jamie Allen

  70. says

    I have never met you but heard about you through a friend's blog and have been praying for you and your little Cohen. I promise to pray for him daily!

  71. says

    There are just no words that can adequately express the sorrow everyone feels for you at this time. But just know that there are many of us here lifting you up in our prayers at this very moment.

    Cohen is safe and well in heaven! That you can be sure of!

  72. says

    Baby Cohen was in my prayers. I cannot imagine the heartbreak that comes with losing a child. I will continue to pray for your peace and comfort in the coming days. May God bless you and keep you.

  73. says

    I am so touched by your post, and tears are flowing right now imagining the loss that you are feeling. He was such an angel, too wonderful for this world…I hope that you are finding solace in knowing that he is in Heaven.

    Sending my love,

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