Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Aiden and Evan - 8/12

The boys have had a good couple of days since the last post. Evan’s oxygen needs seem to have stabilized and he seems to be doing well on about 50% oxygen. It is a major relief for Janel and I that he is no longer going up in his needs. They gave Evan more surfactant yesterday morning and started mixing a little nitric oxide into his air supply and this seems to be helping. His puffiness has started to go down noticeably from where it was on Monday and he is looking all around better. Hopefully he will continue to do well and outgrow his ventilating needs before too long.

Aiden continues to perform like a champ. He is looking healthy and moves around quite a bit which is fun to watch. His eyes have been staying open for longer periods of time and he seems to do a good job at looking at you when you watch him. The only issue that has come up with Aiden is too much gas in his stomach. This probably came from his ventilator which is always pushing air into his nose. They lowered his ventilator pressure and inserted another tube into his stomach to allow it to vent and this seems to be working. He looked pretty bloated this morning and this evening he is about back to normal.

Janel and I have gone into work every day so far this week. Our routine is to get to the NICU around 7:30 in the morning, head to work around 9, and then come back to the NICU in the evening after the 7:30 evening shift change. This seems to be working out okay and we are not too sleep deprived (though I think Janel’s breast pumping keeps her a bit more deprived of sleep than I am).

As always, thank you for all of the prayers. God is listening and is helping our boys!


  1. What a relief to hear that Evan is doing better. He just needs to keep following in the footsteps (tiny as they are!) of his older brother. We are hoping that as the boys improve that the 2 of you are also resting better and feeling encouraged. Thanks again for posting. It's a great way to feel connected to you guys and the boys. As always, we are praying for all of you and your doctors and nurses.
    Gayle and Mark

  2. Great report! So grateful that things are looking better. Thanks for the update. We think about you guys all the time and are praying for God's help, guidance and direction.
    Hope the progress continues. Let me know if I can ever do anything. Please -- I want to help if I can.

  3. You guys are doing such a great job of taking care of your babies and yourself. Grace grace to you today!

  4. Great news! It is a beautiful blessing when prayers are answered for two adorable, little guys like Evan and Aiden!
    Thank you for keeping us updated. We are praying for Aiden and Evan
    to be able to breath on their own very soon without any other complications that might hinder their growth and health. We pray for their doctors and nurses to have the knowledge and to always make the right decisions when it comes to the boys. We pray for you, David and Janel, for the physical and emotional strength that is needed at this time. We pray that your faith will grow stronger not weaker and that you will always feel the presence of God by your side.
    You know if you need us that we are here. Don't hesitate a moment to call.
    Keep the happy news coming!
    Linda & Fred

  5. So happy to see the blog today with the good news of the boys progress. Praying for all of you during this time - that God will provide for your family just what each person (the big ones and the small ones) needs at the moment.
    Leslie Bagby