Gaines has made tremendous progress in the past couple of days. It was just a few short days ago that he was on the oscillator. He was then moved to a ventilator and then the cpap. He has been on the cpap for ~48 hours.
This afternoon the CO2 in his blood gases was high. He measured at 80...this was extremely high since his previous reading was 58 and the doctors would like to see it below 50. The doctors waited a couple of hours and measured it again and it had fallen to 72. They would have liked to see more progress so the doctors decided to upgrade his cpap to the rate cpap. Basically, a ventilator is used to provide him with breaths through his nose rather than re-intubate him. We are told this is typical of preemies. Many preemies that are on cpap have to go back and forth between the cpap and ventilator until the cpap "sticks". The doctors explained it that Gaines had been breathing hard on his own for two days and needed a little break. Hopefully this will give him the rest he needs and he will be able to do better on the cpap when he is ready.
Hopefully we will have more to report after our visit with Gaines tonight. The nurses will be measuring his blood gases again at 8:00. We pray that they will be better and his little body is getting the rest it needs.