Carolyn, Samuel, and I getting all snuggly. The red light on Samuel's hand reads the oxygen saturation of his blood.
Per doctors orders, we began kangaroo care today! Carolyn helped Samuel and I get situated in a chair (very difficult to do since Samuel is hooked up so so many wires, tubes, and machines....) and I held him for a few hours. The first hour I spent just looking at him....then we took a nap. He did great. Studies have shown that premature babies do better when they have skin to skin contact.... I'm not going to argue. :)
The x-ray of Samuel's lungs stayed about the same this morning. However, they were able to ween a few more of his ventilator settings. This afternoon they had to go back up on one setting - but overall, he has come a long way since beginning the steroids. His vitals continue to be fairly stable.
The x-ray of Samuel's abdomen still showed a dilation of his intestines. The air in his stomach is still there too. The doctors stopped his feeds today and hope to continue them tomorrow if the x-ray looks better. When Samuel's bowel perforated a few weeks ago, the doctors drained out his belly, but had to leave his intestine to heal the hole on its own. Sometimes in babies, when the hole heals, it will leave scar tissue behind and cause a stricture where digested food cannot pass through. They are watching to make sure that this is not happening to Samuel. If it is a stricture, the doctors can try stretching it out by feeding or they can wait until Samuel is bigger and do surgery. I'd like to avoid both of these situations. We will just pray that his intestines kick in and work like they need to. He could use a nice poopy diaper....
So much to pray about - and I'm glad to know that you are praying. I can promise that you are teaching me a lesson about faithful prayers. I know how difficult it is to continue to pray for someone on a regular basis. You are amazing.
Have I mentioned that Samuel made his nation-wide television debut this week? He has always been a star to me.