|Just chillin' like a pro in his tiny hospital gown!|
So what is the thymus? The thymus gland is one the the seven major endocrine glands. Located in front of the heart beneath the breastbone, the thymus glad regulates the immune system. It is largley composed of lymphatic tissue. In our younger years, the thymus gland is quite large and active. It helps program our immune system to resist various infections by helping lymphocytes to mature and be programmed to attack specific microorganisms and invading irritants.
We head back to the pulmonologist in two weeks. At that time, I'm sure the doctors will have put their heads together, figured all this out, and made a plan. In the meantime, we are feeling very blessed with how great Jacob is doing. When talking with his surgeon today I asked if he ever was more worried about Jacob then he led on. He said he was sure Jacob was going to end up on ECMO and is amazed he didn't considering just how sick he was. We are so thankful! Although ECMO can be a wonderful thing providing rest for the heart and lungs allowing for development and growth, no one wants to see their baby on it nor subject their baby to the risks if they don't have to. Jacob is lucky he did not have to fight that fight as so many little warrior CDH babies do.
Jacob's plan now is to stay on daytime oxygen for the weekend since he had to be sedated today, and then be off during the day, on during the night. Jacob will then have an oximetry study during the night where they record his saturation levels while he sleeps. If he passes, he can be off oxygen altogether!