|Our little blond boy: It's hard to stay awake when you're so tiny!|
Just returned from the NICU. Praise God, the collapsed section of lung had started re-inflating by 9:00 this morning, and the lungs looked less inflamed on x-ray. However, the nurse practitioner said it's the next 18 hours that will be the most critical/telling as far as whether or not the steroid is helping, and she said, "When it works, it's like a miracle." Of course, we realize God is the ultimate healer and Great Physician, and we pray for His complete healing for Seth's lungs and for protection meanwhile over Seth's brain and body. The steroid can actually completely stop growth, including in the brain, and can result in brain damage. That's probably a big reason why Dr. Burgess is only putting him on a 9-day course.
When I arrived at the NICU today, with Gavin and his parents and Isaac shortly behind me, Seth was needing his diaper changed. He cried the whole time I was changing him (that pitiful, silent face scrunch that hurts my heart worse than a real cry!), but then the nurse suggested I hold his arms still and put my other hand over his torso. He stopped crying immediately! I was talking to him the whole time, and that's the most I've been able to touch him in days. A special moment. :)
Grace is doing well, on continuous feeding since her tummy is so little, and being "disturbed" only every 4 hours vs. the others who get attended to every 3 hours (diaper, mouth swabbing, temperature, etc.). [Obviously, all of them are attended all the time, but the nurses let them sleep as much as possible in between their "touch times."]
Today I got to hold Will for 3 hours, and meanwhile Gavin held David for 2! That was a really sweet time.
Little Marcie Jane is thriving as well as Will and David are. It's good to have very little to report. :)
Thank you again for praying for all the babies, and most especially for Seth. We'll keep you posted.
To God be the Glory,