Thursday, March 12, 2009
I posted this picture a few days ago, but I lightened it so you can see his face better. This was last Friday when I visited. He was looking right at me!
Today was a big day for Jimmie. He had his hematocrit checked- it was the same. So a blood transfusion is still hanging over our heads. Rachael is starting to feel like she wants to just have it done to get it over with and maybe he'll start gaining weight more consistently. But at the same time-- he's not really symptomatic, the previous (anonymous) donor blood pack he was using has expired and so it would be great if his levels would just come up! We have had a friend offer to donate and we may end up doing that. We'll see . . . Just keep praying it comes up!
He had his blood gasses checked and they are looking good.
And he had another ultrasound of his brain. His brain looks great and is negative for bleeding! This is WONDERFUL news!
They also adjusted his flow to 1 liter. This is basically equivalent to the low flow nasal cannula. So-- he may get moved to the low flow tomorrow. Pray that he does well with that and has no setback this time!
After his huge gain of 75 grams the other day. He lost 7 grams and he gained that back today. So now he is at 901 grams which is still just under 2 pounds. 1 pound 15.78 ounces. Keep praying those fat prayers! (-:
I'd like to ask some special prayers for Rachael too. She is just feeling a bit weary and overwhelmed with NICU life today. A lot of it is also normal new mom stuff, but compounded- of course- by little Jimmie's situation. She is exhausted. It could still be a couple of months before Jimmie can come home and today that just feels so overwhelming to her. She also knows the first couple of years of a preemie's life can be daunting. Just pray for her to take it one day at a time. She is a very good mommy- a "Supermom" for sure!!! She's very involved in every aspect of Jimmie's care and spends 8 to 10 hours a day in the NICU. Pray for her to be able to "let go" when she should, but also pray for her to have grace, wisdom and strength to be there advocating for Jimmie when it's needed!
We talked for a bit and she thinks perhaps she needs to turn one day a week completely over to Justin-- or something like that. Just so she can clear her head and get some fresh air so to speak. Justin is working a lot- pray that it works out for him to step in for Rachael and that she can let go when he does. (-:
Rachael is loving reading all of your comments the past couple of days. She is so grateful for your love, support and prayers. Even from strangers. It's too cool that people we don't even know are following and praying.
I am so grateful to you all! Family, friends and strangers -who are now friends to us! (-: