Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Update on Jacob

So far, Jacob has been making good progress and beginning to act like himself again. They have weaned his Vapotherm to 5 liters already, and expect him to be breathing on his own within a few days. We have even been able to get a few smiles from him today. He is resting well and regaining his strength. The plan from the doctors is to continue to wean his Vapotherm and give his lungs the support they need while his body fights off the viral infection. In addition, they have increased his medicine to help his pulmonary hypertension.

Jacob's immune system is not the same as a normal infant his age. Any kind of infection, fever, cold, virus, etc. can cause him to work harder to breathe and can likely cause us to be hospitalized. Thankfully, it won't always be like this...just for the first year of his life, until his body can learn to fight off the infections better.

Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray that Jacob's recovery is quick, that his body will fight off the viral infection, and that he will be breathing on his own again soon. Thanks for checking in on us!

8 comments:

  1. We're praying for you that Jacob makes a speedy recovery and you get to come home to your bed very soon! We were planning on coming by to see you yesterday while we were there, but by the time we were finished with Carolina, she was absolutely beat! (and we were too!) We will see you soon . . .

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  2. So glad to hear of his progress! We are praying for you guys and for Jacob now! Hang in there and know that you are still in so many hearts and prayers.

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  3. I'm so glad he's making good progress!We will continue to pray for him!

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  4. glad he's doing better. what great parents you are to take such great care of him and be so aware of how he is doing. keeping you in our prayers!!!

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  5. praying that he continues to get better and tolerates weaning the vapotherm quickly! glad he's back to smiling again! :)

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  6. Praying for a quick recovery! Jacob's keeping you on your toes! Continue to listen to your intuitions regarding Jacob. You knew when he started with the resp. grunting that something was amiss. Parental intuition is a gift given from above. What excellent parents you are! We are praying that Jacob will heal quickly and that you will all be home together once again.
    Love, Tom & Lynette

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  7. Praying for all of you...especially sweet Jacob! Hope for a speedy recovery!

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  8. just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you and that we love you!

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