Nov 19, 2011 -The last few days have been absolutely amazing. Jacob has been successfully weaned completely from the oscillator! He is currently on the traditional ventilator once again. Jacob's great change in condition has been better than the doctors anticipated, which has them perplexed once again! His nurses are in awe as much as the doctors, and we are tickled pink! He definitely is a strong little one for only being 25 days old!
All of Jacob's blood gases have been amazing! His pH continues to be well above 7. His CO2 remains low and in the 40s, and his oxygen rich blood is in the 150s+! His nitric, which has assisted with the circulation of blood and oxygen flow, started at a setting of 20, and now is down to 1, with a strong possibility of being completely weaned by morning. That means less tubes, and one less machine! His ventilator settings have continued to be weaned as well. They are lower than they have ever been. His oxygen support is at 30 breaths. He has become quite a strong breather, as he is significantly overpowering the vent with a breath rate 60 and higher. There is a strong possibility, barring any setbacks (had to say in case of jinxes), that he may be off the vent on or before Thursday. That would be a wonderful Thanksgiving Blessing!
He started feedings again at a very minimal amount, 1.5 mL/hr. Today when we returned from a little outing with Landon, he was up to 7.5 mL/hr. This evening he was moved up even more to 9mL/hr! That is still a very small amount for a newborn (just short of two tsp/hr), but it is being increased steadily, as he seems to have no problem digesting the nutrient-rich breast milk. We are so thankful he is able to continue feeds. Now our skinny little Jake is getting bigger due to healthy feedings, not retention of fluids!
Another wonderful surprise for us the ability to hold Jacob again so soon after being removed from the oscillator. He has tolerated, and actually is more calm, when being held. Katy, Landon, and I have been sharing Jacob the past two days. Katy and I hold him as much as possible to make up for lost time from the past week on the oscillator. We've been taking turns spending time with Landon at Ronald McDonald House and with Jacob at Children's. Tonight as Katy was over at the hospital holding him, he was more awake and alert than ever. This is just what Katy needed after last week's lows.
|Notice the Lego guy in Jacob's hand!|
There is still a lot to be done before we can leave the hospital. Slowly, but surely, we're closer to getting our Christmas wish granted as we take it One Day at a Time. We can't wait for the day to come home and share Jacob with our friends and family. Thank you everyone for your continued love, support, and prayers for Baby Jacob!