Seth's lungs had water on them today, so the nurse practitioner put him on a diuretic. Thank God, the second x-ray was much better. He still looks and acts great, he's just needing more help from the ventilator again, with higher oxygen needs, higher carbon dioxide in his blood, and a higher setting on the mean airway pressure. It's tempting to get discouraged, but the NICU staff has been great in reminding me to be patient, and I've been listening to sermons on prayer and reading verses that remind me WHO God is, and who we are in Him and to Him through His Son. Which is not to say it's easy to see my little son grimace instead of cry and not be able to hold him. :( But he does seem to really be comforted by my hands on him, by singing praise songs, and by praying and talking soothingly. So that's one huge praise. So is the fact that he remains infection-free. Thanks for praying!!
Grace may be extubated in a few days! I hope and pray so! She's not needing much oxygen and is now on oral feeds only (via tube). She got her PICC line out today; no more intravenous nutrition! Marcie, too, got her Broviac out and is on oral feeds only. The boys all are on full feeds, too, but Seth still has his PICC line so he can receive his medications. The other boys don't need medications, thank God. We pray Seth joins them too.
The nurse practitioners and nurses continue to say how great it is that our babies tolerate their feeds and gain weight well. Thank God! Again, it's critical that Seth especially get the nutrition he needs (they add enricher to my milk for all the babies) so that his lungs can grow faster than the machine/oxygen can damage them. We would ask that each of the babies is off of oxygen by 36 weeks - exactly 6 weeks from today! - Lord willing.
From yesterday and today:
|Marcie having a snooze|
|Will in my arms (he gets too hot if I cover him too much!)|
|Tired Will and tired but very happy Mom|