As we were getting ready to go to the hospital on Monday morning, we received a call that Jacob needed to be put back on the vent. Basically, the doctors and nurses think that he got tired from having to work so hard to breathe, and also that he may have aspirated or has pneumonia. It was like he was running a marathon for 3 days...with a small right lung and possible infection. They have run some tests on him to see if there's an infection and are treating him with some antibiotics. Of course, we were very disappointed. It felt like the wind had been taken out of our sails. This is very common for babies to have to go back on the vent after being taken off, and it doesn't mean that Jacob can't do it. It just means that we have to give him a break and try again when he's ready. We don't know if that means a week or more, but he's ready, we will be too. Jacob has always led the way, and we trust that God has plans for us and Jacob. Please continue to pray for strength for us and Jacob.
But...God is good. God has been faithful. God has brought us this far. We need to be reminded of just how far God's grace has extended. Here's a picture of Jacob the night he was born; 6 pounds 13 ounces, with a liver in his chest and no hope of having a right lung. And the other picture of Jacob just days ago, 9 pounds 6 ounces, repaired and when he was breathing on his own, something we thought we would never see. God is good and does not give up on his children!
Many of you are asking whether we need anything. We are doing good. We have food brought to us every other day (thank you), and since we are rarely at the house, it stays clean! When we have a need, we will let you know! May you be blessed today!