After Brittany posted last night we got some scary news. We went to the NICU to say goodnight to Gaines and we were told he was in critical condition. The doctors had hooked him up to the new machine and his SATS were great but there was too much CO2 in his blood. The doctors were about to give him a new drug to help with this situation. They told us that if the drug didn't work there was one other they could try. Brittany and I stayed in the NICU for a short time and prayed with Gaines. The doctor told us to go back and get some sleep (we had slept 3 hours in the alst 48) and that they would come to our room if things didn't start to get better.
Brittany and I came back to the room, prayed, and fell alseep. Praise God, we just woke up and realized no one from the NICU ever came by during the middle of the night. Both of us confessed that we both woke up thoughout the night and looked at the clock thinking "Well, it is 2:00 AM and no one has come by yet". We just called the NICU and Gaines SATS are good and the gas in his blood is better.
When Gaines was born, Brittany and I both knew there would be good days and bad. I guess we didn't realize there would be so many ups and downs every hour and every minute. Just in Gaines first day we were told he looked good as he left the delivery room and didn't have to have any help breathing. About an hour later we found out he was on a ventilator but everything else looked good. Then we found out the amount of oxygen he was being given had been reduced from 100% to 50%. I think at this point Brittany and I got a false sense of security that Gaines was going to continue to go in the right direction. Later last night we were told his SATS had dropped considerably even though he was back to 100% oxygen. The doctor explained that with little oxygen in his blood, eventually his little heart would tire and just stop. Fortunately, the doctors administered the Nitric Oxide gas and his SATS came back up while we waited on the new machine. Again, we thought he was going in the right direction. And as you already know, when Brittany and I went to say good night to him last night, we were told about the CO2 in his blood. What a first Day.
I guess you can never really be prepared for life in the NICU. No matter how many people tell you their story or experience in the NICU, it just doesn't prepare you for the unbelievable emotions you experience.
Please continue to pray that for Gaines health.