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!