Saturday, April 25, 2009

Saturday Afternoon Gaines Update

Ok...update time. At the time Beau posted this morning we only new that Gaines is doing better. When we got to the NICU we found out that he had a very bad night. At one point his sats and heart rate were both in the 40s and he had to be "mildly" resusitated. From what I can tell, mildly just means that he had to be "bagged" and recieved compressions for about 20 seconds. Either way, not what a mother wants to hear about her one day old. We also learned that he had to have a blood transfusion in the night because his blood was low. One of the causes of this low blood could have been a brain bleed.

The silver lining to that cloud was that since about 6 or 8 this morning (I got conflicting reports on the time) he has been stable.

He looked great when we visited this morning early and he still looked good when I took my parents and Abby to see him around lunch. The doctors where in a meeting the second time so I didn't get any info then.

His doctor just came in here a few minutes ago with the latest report. Right now Gaines seems to be doing some better. He has stayed stable and they are now trying to wean him down on his oxygen. He's down to 85% oxygen and his sats are staying in the 90s. They are also weaning his nitric oxide. They did a sonogram to check about the brain bleed and right now it is negative. This is huge because brain bleeds can cause bad developmental problems. They'll do another one in a few days to make sure nothing showed up. If he makes it 72 hours from his birth without one, the chances are less than one percent of him having one. Also, all of his inside organs looked good.

Now, keep in mind that despite all these positive reports, Gaines is still critical...more critical than most 29 weekers would be considered (probably because of his lack of fluid). The doctor reminded me that he is on every machine they have right now. He still needs lots of prayers. Please pray for his little lungs and for strength for him to keep on fighting.

Beau and I are having a much better day. Thank you for your prayers.

Brittany

20 comments:

Michelle Cearley said...

Praying for you in Bentonville, Arkansas!

Sara said...

Praying for Gaines' little lungs! Stay strong.

Footprints Ministry said...

Dear Lord,
We thank you for sweet Gaines today! Thank you for giving him the strength he needed last night. We pray that you will continue to make his lungs stronger. We know that you can move mountains in the life of this precious child. Hold him in your arms Lord. We pray for Brittany and Beau. The NICU is so,so scary Lord. Hold them Lord and carry them through this time. We pray for Brittany's recovery. Give her strength and rest. We pray for Beau. We know this sweet Daddy is struggling to take care of his wife and precious child. We pray for every doctor and nurse that is treating Gaines. Give them wisdom and understanding of Gaines' condition and help them to find a solution to his lung problem. We are praising Lord for this miracle! He is a gift from you! Move in the life of this child today Lord.

In Your Precious Name
Amen

"When doubts filled my mind,your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer." Psalm 94:19

Lori said...

Heavenly Father,
Please watch over the doctors and give them the wisdom to give Gaines all the medical attention possible, and help them make the right decisions be also with Brittany and Beau keep them strong during this whole process and help them to understand the new terminology they will be hearing.

Darcy said...

Praying for Gaines every day and every night here in North Dakota

Ruthie said...

What a roller coaster! Praying for you all and especially for Gaines' lungs.

Ruthie, in Ohio

Melody said...

Still praying for your sweet little guy! ((hugs))

How are you recovering Brittany?

leslep said...

Continuing to pray for you all.

April - Team Tottle said...

The last time I checked in was a couple days ago so I haven't had a chance to read your last 8 posts but I do see that Gaines is here and is on nitric oxide. I just wanted to post a quick note to let you know that my daughter was on nitric oxide for 10 days and did not suffer any adverse effects from it. No brain bleeds at all! We'll continue to pray for your beautiful strong baby boy ;)

Kate said...

I didn't have access to internet yesterday and missed the big news - congrats on the birth of your beautiful baby boy! We're praying for Gaines and your family.

hst1216 said...

Brittany and Beau,

I haven't commented before, but I've been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now and have been praying for you all. I am actually a student at GW and live a block from the hospital, so I feel so close to you all and your story. First off, I want to congratulate you both on the birth of your beautiful son! Secondly, I'm pretty sure I saw Beau, Reed, and Reed's grandma from across the street earlier today (maybe around 3) and I was so excited to actually you in person, but was too far away to actually say hi. I'm so glad to hear that Gaines is doing better this afternoon and I'll be praying that he continues to improve. Please let me know if you need anything because I'm literally right next door and would love to meet you.

Donna Hood said...

We are Greg Ellis' aunt and grandmother. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Look at our miracle Kathryn! Aunt Donna and Granny Ellis

The Daniel Family said...

You probably did see us...we went to Potbelly's at about 3 this afternoon. Next time, come say hello.

Beau

Desha said...

I have been following your blog for awhile now, and your family has been in my prayers. Gaines is such a beautiful baby! Thanks for the updates and I will be praying that he has a good night and that you all get some rest.

Julie said...

I'm bathing all of you in my prayers!! I hope Gaines has a great night--and you, too!!!

Stephanie said...

Oh goodness...so much for the doctors saying they were going to come let you know if anything happened last night. I think that would aggravate me alittle...I'm sure they're doing a great job caring for Gaines and doing everything they can but I would think they would come let you know what was going on during the night or anytime if things weren't going well.

Glad he's stabilized and praying for him to turn the corner very soon!!!!! Praying for his lungs and for him to continue to stay stable.

Diana said...

Praying for strength for all of you especially little Gaines. May God have the victory in this!

Aunt Sherry said...

Praying for a good night for all of you. Let us hear some news during the day if possible. It is very hard not calling and also not hearing from someone. We love you all so much.
Love,
Aunt Sherry

Julie said...

You've been on my mind all day. Praying for Gaines and your whole family.

Rachel E. said...

Congratulations on your new baby boy! Praying for peace and adequate rest for you two and for God to surround Gaines with his protection.