Tonight we were given a bigger scare. Jacob's CO2 levels improved with being on the oscillator but, much like the first try, his oxygen levels were terrible. Then the discussion of ECMO (heart/lung bypass machine) began. Andy and I were devastated even more than we were already. After two weeks of holding steady, we thought Jacob was out of the woods of these drastic measures. He had been doing so well, we were thinking he would be weaned off the ventilator sooner than later, and we would be moving towards coming home.
Jacob is such a tough little guy! Even though he is on the paralytic he is opening his eyes and looking around. His heart and breath rate remain steady so we know he is comfortable. He is not fighting against the oscillator any more and his numbers continue to improve. At this point, he is not being put on ECMO, but he needs to continue in the right direction. It appears it may be pneumonia as suspected and his antibiotics are beginning to work. God's presence is all around us, evident everywhere we turn. We know God is carrying our little boy through and us as well. We ask for continued prayers for Jacob, but also for the doctors and nurses who so diligently care for Jacob. May God grant them the wisdom to make the right decisions in Jacob's healing plan of care.