This is a video Justin shot right after Jimmie's bath on Saturday. The first part is a little shaky and hard to see, but then it gets good!
Jimmie is doing really well today. He's very content and happy to be held for hours. He is not having too many desats or bradys.
He received a special shot today called Synagis. It's a medicine used for "prophylaxis which is a monoclonal antibody against RSV". From what I understand- with immunizations you are actually causing your own body to create an immune response (antibodies)by introducing the disease to your body. This is basically a shot of RSV *antibodies*. So Jimmie's body is not being exposed to RSV- he's just been given antibodies in case he is exposed. Again this is how I understood it. This shot is VERY expensive (hopefully insurance will cover it) and is reserved for babies and children with Chronic Lung Disease and other serious heart, lung and immune problems. Chronic Lung Disease is defined by being on oxygen for more than 30 days after birth. The Doctor recommends this shot every month of RSV season- which I think is October-April. So Jimmie may have 1 more. They held off last month. Rachael was a bit nervous because he had bradycardia (slow heart rate) with the Afrin in his nose and he sometimes has some mild tachycardia (high heart rate) with the Albuterol(lung treatment). He has done fine with this Synagis. No ill effects have been noticed.
The Nurse Practitioner made the comment today that what happened last week wasn't really Jimmie's fault. It was really because his nose had been compromised. She wasn't trying to find blame, her point was just that he continues to be a superstar! And his nose has actually been compromised so badly BECAUSE he has done so well. The Doctors just do not have much precedent for a micro-preemie like Jimmie only being on the ventilator for 5 days. Jimmie's Doctor said the other day that he most likely will need plastic surgery to fix his septum. Not right away or anything, just eventually. )-:
Jimmie weighed in today at 2 pound 9 ounces! He's really chunking up. (-:
Thank you for your continued prayers for Jimmie's health and safety.
P.S. LOL! I totally got his weight wrong when I posted this earlier. 2 pounds 9 ounces is right!