We visited Gaines this evening and got quite a surprise...the doctors were getting prepared to move him from the oscillator to a ventilator. We were shocked. The long term plan is to move him from the oscillator to a ventilator, from a ventilator to a CPAP, and from the CPAP to normal breathing. His improvements over the last 36 hours have been nothing short of a miracle. Thirty-six hours ago we would have NEVER guessed he would be moving to the ventilator.
Brittany asked one of the doctors "What brought on the change, why did Gaines all of a sudden start to get better". The doctor didn't say a word...she simply looked up toward the heavens.
I just got off the phone with the NICU. Gaines has been on his machine for 2 hours. He has maintained his sats on the new machine with only 40% oxygen. They have already checked his blood gases and they are measuring fine. His nitric oxide level is stable at level 10. These are all good signs.
Please pray for Gaines, specifically that the heart echo that is scheduled for tomorrow comes back negative for the narrowing of the aorta. Brittany and I can feel the prayers being answered.