Gaines needs your prayers this morning. When we arrived at the hospital this morning, his oxygen was up to 50%. For those who don't know how this works, I'll offer a brief explanation. Gaines has a monitor on his foot that measures how well his body is oxygenating (remember, your blood supplies oxygen to the rest of your body)...that number is his saturation level or sat as we call it. If his sats are in the upper 90s, his nurse will reduce the amount of oxygen he's getting, low 90s to high 80s and they leave him alone. Anything below about 84 and they increase the oxygen he gets. So, since his oxygen is so increased, we know that he's not oxygenating well.
I spoke with one of the attending doctors today about this. Basically he thinks that the increased oxygen is due to fluid in (or on...can't remember) his lungs. What we don't know is how or why its there. It could just be due to being premature or it could be the VSDs (holes in his heart) becoming a problem. They have already done an EKG this morning and from the doctors assessment of that and of Gaines, I don't think they are convinced that this is the problem. They are going to do another heart echo this afternoon that should tell them more. From what I understand, the treatment either way will be to give him lasiks (a diuretic) to get the fluid out. Hopefully just one dose will work, but it could be that he has to have these regularly.
When I asked about possible heart surgery if the VSDs are the problem, the doctor told me that the lasiks would be the treatment for now and if a surgery was necessary, it would be about 3 months down the road. I'm pretty sure that this could be something that was done back home after he was released but I don't know for sure.
Please pray that the VSDs are not a problem and that a dose of the lasiks solves the problem. Pray that the fluid is just a byproduct of Gaines' prematurity. Continue to pray for his overall health and for peace for Beau and me as we continue on this journey.
Gaines is 5 weeks old today.
Love to all,