Good morning all...we are starting the day off on a good note. Gaines had a good weekend and it has continued on into this week. His oxygen level is hanging around 28%...not too shabby for still being on CPAP. His blood gases were actually right in the middle of the normal range. They are only checking those once a day now. He's eating well. He is up to 10 ccs with less than 1 cc residual. His weight was up to 3 lbs 5.4 ounces this morning.
I asked his doctor last night when he'd get another head ultrasound and heart echo. The ultrasound should be Wednesday. Please pray that it shows the brain bleed has cleared up on its own. The doctor told me that he'd probably get another heart echo some time before he was released. Excuse me...what? Right now he looks so good clinically that they don't have a reason to believe there is a problem.
It seems like we have been MIA for a while. With Reed here we've just wanted to spend every spare second with him. He has been an angel and we have enjoyed having him up here so much. So much, that after MUCH thought and MUCH prayer, we have decided to keep him up here for a little while. Last night the thought of sending him home was enough to send me to tears. I expected it out of me but I was surprised that Beau had softened on his resolve to send him home. Beau didn't even think it was a good idea for him to sleep here this weekend and out of nowhere he changed his mind. Honestly, he had to sort of convince me. Obviously I want Reed here so much, but I was afraid of shafting Gaines of our time and energy. I don't know how I will ever have two children and not feel pulled between them. I just want to do what's best for both of them.
Having Reed here will definitely make life more interesting and it will certainly change our daily routine but I am committed to spending just as much time with Gaines as we have all along. He deserves our attention too...and he'll get it. We'll just have to make a few changes.
Please continue to keep our family in your prayers. Pray that having Reed here works and that Gaines continues with his stable progress. We pray for his lungs to continue developing, a healthy heart, the brain bleed to have cleared up and for him to keep eating well and growing.
Love to all,