It's been almost a week since we have updated the blog. We have moved to a room with a window. You know you've been in the NICU long enough when you start scoping out which "neighborhood" you want to move to. It's a very difficult desicion, especially when you have to consider loud neighbors, the quality of the schools, property values and taxes, etc. Hee Hee. The nurses and doctors continue to look out for the best care for Jacob. Several have fallen in love with him.
Here's the latest updates on Jacob's care:
Jacob is getting 5 ounces of milk a day, which by comparison is a small amount, but is part of the process to wake up his stomach and intestines. He is still on a conventional ventilator, but his settings are minimal and the doctors seem pleased. Our next steps are to increase feedings so that his body gets stronger and he can be on less IV fluids for nutrition. We also are going to decrease the amount of nitric Jacob gets in his air, which will allow us to make more improvements with ventilation. It would be one less thing Jacob is dependent on.
There are so many of you praying for us and for Jacob's progress. Here are some specific things that we can petition to God on Jacob's behalf.
1)Please pray that Jacob can get off the ventilator and onto "Vapotherm." This would mean that Jacob is taking control of his own breathing and will not have a tube down his throat.
2) Please pray that Jacob's body will tolerate more milk and that he will get stronger.
3) Please pray for the nurses and doctors that make decisions about Jacob's care; that God will be their hands throughout this journey.
Being here has opened our eyes. There are multiple families in the NICU that are going through similar trials. It is heartbreaking knowing that there are couples just down the hall that are fighting for their child's health, as we are. Sometimes the news is not positive and we are reminded of what God has brought Jacob through and of the miracles that are performed here on a daily basis.