I went to visit Gaines this afternoon around 1:45. I walked into the NICU, scrubbed up, put on my gown and headed towards Gaines' bed. As I arrived at his bedside, his Nurse told me he was at 1 Liter of flow. He had been at 1 Liter a good portion of the day and his SATS were above 95%. At one point during the morning, he was asleep on 1 Liter of flow and his SATS were 98% and above. What a great way to start a visit to the NICU. So many times you walk into the NICU just hoping that your child hasn't gotten worse...it's a wonderful feeling to walk in and hear they are doing better.
After hearing the great news, I picked Gaines up and gave him his bottle. The little guy sucked it down and then promptly fell asleep in my arms. I was sitting in a rocking chair at Gaines' bedside with him asleep in my arms and all of a sudden I noticed there were a lot of nurses kind of hanging around me. About that time the doctor came over. I think all the nurses just wanted to be there when I got the news. Long story short, Brittany and I might be spending the weekend at the hospital "rooming in". Let me explain.
There is the possibility that Gaines will be released next Friday. There is also the possibility that he will be in the hospital for many more weeks . Only Gaines knows which time frame is correct. Either way, the doctor thought it would be a good idea for Brittany and me to "room in" this weekend in preparation for his impending release date. "Rooming in" would mean they would put us in a Post Pardom room with Gaines. The doctors would switch Gaines' oxygen, monitor, gadgets, etc. from the ones in the NICU to the ones that he would be on at home. Then they would move him from the NICU to the Post Pardom room. This would give us the chance to become accustomed to Gaines' "equipment" during the course of the weekend. If we had questions or concerns we would have the NICU staff only 30 feet away. This would also give the NICU staff the opportunity to observe Gaines on the new equipment. Basically we would be taking care of him but the nurses and doctor would be able to monitor Gaines from the NICU.
We will find out tomorrow whether or not we will be rooming in. Apparently the hospital doesn't do this that often and they have to confirm they can get similar equipment that Gaines will be on at home. Again, this is not an indication that he is going home in a few days. We have spent more than 4 months getting Gaines ready to go home, now it is time to get Brittany and me ready.
PS- There was a comment to the last post asking if we would continue the blog once Gaines came home. We originally started this blog to keep family and friends informed of Brittany and Gaines' progress when we were stranded in DC. However, God has used this blog to recruit hundreds of prayer warriors for Gaines. Originally we had said all along we would "retire" from blogging once this ordeal was over. Who knows what we'll do. In the mean time, this journey is not over and we still need your prayers.