Today we are cautiously optimistic. Last night Gaines' oxygen requirements were between 26% and 27 %. This afternoon he was at 25% for about five hours and he is currently between 25% and 27%. Ove the past 48 hours he has definitely moved in the right direction. You may remember that his oxygen requirement rose to 40% just 72 hours ago because the doctors stopped giving him lasix. The past 48 hours acheivements might be due to the fact he is getting lasix again and a larger dosage than before. However, the decreased oxygen requirements might just be Gaines getting better. Brittany and I believe it is probably a little of both. Either way, we're just cautiously optimistic things are moving in the right direction.
Brittany was able to do the "kangaroo care" twice today and held Gaines skin-to-skin for a total of about 3 hours. I know she really enjoys doing this with Gaines. The doctors have actually encouraged me to do it and I did yesterday. It was a little weird to be the only dad in the NICU doing this, but I figure I will be doing it a lot once Brittany leaves in two weeks. Which reminds me, please pray for peace and understanding when that time comes. This journey has been extremely difficult but we have been on it together. We are both very aware that she and Reed are leaving in two weeks. Although we know God will comfort us and see us through this new phase of our journey, we also know being apart will present new challenges and difficulties.