Gaines has pretty much maintained his good report from this morning. They've played with his oxygen some today but he's still maintaining about 28%. They were however able to reduce some of the pressure he's getting on the CPAP. The doctor mentioned that they would probably try and get him back on the bubble CPAP tomorrow. This would be instead of the CPAP rate that he's on now. The rate is giving him a little more help breathing but the bubble just provides him air and he has to breathe for himself. Please pray that this goes well.
His blood gases looked even better when they checked them again at noon. His carbon dioxide level was down to 56. Since this is looking so much better, they've decided to check it every 12 hours now instead of every 6. This is good news since they now have to stick him every time they do any blood work. I hate the thought of that poor baby getting so many sticks.
We also learned today that he had a head ultrasound yesterday that showed a grade one brain bleed. As I understand it, this is not a huge deal. Grade one is the best you can have (if you have to have one) and it will usually clear up on its own...meaning the blood will drain on its own. Our doctors have assured us that a developmental delay from a grade one bleed would be very rare. While we obviously would rather this not have happened, we are thankful that it was only a grade one. Please pray that no developmental delays occur and that the bleed clears up on its own.
Today has been a much better day for me (and thus for Beau). While we would have never chosen this situation for ourselves, it has been amazing to watch God work. There have been many times when I think I have reached the limit of what I can take. God doesn't always agree but he does always provide what we need to make it through each situation. Last night I had one of the lowest nights since I'd been here. Thankfully God gave me a peace to get through it and this morning he gave us the best news we've had in several days.
Also, Monday we had a rough night when we found out about some concerns over Gaines' heart. Shortly after, we learned of our Sunday School teacher's visit, received a dinner invitation from a man from my company/go to church with and had an offer from friends to come over and bring dinner to and eat with us. I honestly believe that God gave us these visitors during this waiting time for us on purpose.
These are just two of the many, many ways God has taken care of us since we've been here. We've mentioned a few along the way but these are two of the most recent occurrences. To me they are tangible examples of God's promise not to forsake you in the storm. We still have a ways to go in this storm and many concerns that are too far ahead for me to focus on right now but I know that God is not going to give us anything that He won't carry us through.
Please keep Gaines and our family in your prayers. Reed will be here in less than 48 hours! Please pray for his and Beau's parents' safe travels.
Love to all,