It has been a couple of days since Jeff and I have updated. Not like we've been busy or anything... :)
Jacob has had his ups and downs in the NICU, but when we arrived today his numbers were excellent! His swelling has gone down because of the lasix they had given him and his oxygen support level is down to 56%, which is lower than we've ever been. The nurse was telling us that he is completely off one of the blood pressure medications, and almost off the other. These are all really good things! As Jeff says though, we better "Strap in" because we are on the roller coaster ride of the NICU and when there are ups, usually there are downs too. As long as we are trending in an upward direction, we will continue to have hope.
The surgeons have been a little stumped at the response of Jacob's liver during the first surgery. They told Jeff that they are going to meet on Wednesday to discuss our case and see what plans they can come up with. Most of the surgeons have never had a liver respond the way Jacob's did during surgery.
Here's a couple of pictures of our beautiful baby boy as we wait on the Lord for our next steps.
Mr. Lion is peeking out at Jacob and giving him some Lion strength! He's teaching him to be fierce and strong.
Jeff helping the nurse move Jacob's head so he is not always laying on the same side.
Here are some of the things we can be specifically praying for:
1) When the surgeons meet on Wednesday, that they will come up with a plan to repair Jacob for his next surgery, and that God will put that plan in their minds.
2) That Jacob continues to grow stronger, not weaker, while we wait for our next surgery.
3) When surgery takes place, that his liver will respond more positively to being placed in the abdomen and that Jacob can be on the path to recovery instead of waiting for the next steps...
4) After surgery, that Jacob's right lung will expand and work efficiently, as if it was developed in there all along and just needed space to inflate.
Jeff and I want to take a second to thank so many of you that have come by to visit us, sent cards, responded to the blog, given food for our family, and those that continue to pray fervently for our beautiful son. We can't tell you enough how much it means to us to have such wonderful support. Your support is seen by many of the staff here, and many of them have commented to us about the faith of those that are standing behind us and that Jacob is evidence of God working. Through your prayers, God is allowing Jacob to be a light to the world around him. Praise God!