Who knew we could have a day where the monitors weren't going off every 4 minutes! What a wonderful day! Samuel's vitals have been even more stable than they were yesterday. He has come down a lot on the ventilator settings - his oxygen is at 30%. His lung x-ray did not show a lot of difference though.....hopefully we will see some improvement tomorrow. Overall, I am very thankful for the day we had. :)
The doctors will increase his feeds on Thursday. Samuel's belly looks swollen again tonight - but maybe that's how it's going to be now that he is eating? Not sure....but it's nerve-wrecking after having dealt with all of this before. I've been trying my best to make the nursing staff as paranoid as I am....just to be sure they are on their toes. hehe.
Samuel's chest x-ray is around 4am tomorrow and his head ultrasound will be sometime in the morning. As always...please pray for good results. I'm so thankful that we've been told not to worry about the little brain bleeds that Samuel has had previously. We'd love to hear tomorrow that the doctors don't see any signs of bleeds at all.
The nurse tonight is very young and a little green..... It makes me nervous that someone younger than me is taking care of my baby. But then again, I have to laugh at myself because I'm sure that's what all of the parents of my students think about me!
I have been feeling discouraged this last week and I think God sent me a particular nurse just to instill some hope. The night nurse that Samuel had last night was encouraging me to hope for the best for Samuel and to expect great things from him (no matter if he comes out of all of this with a disability or not.) Since the beginning of my pregnancy, Michael and I have prayed specifically for a 'healthy, normal, beautiful baby." We continue to pray those words even now - specifically in regards to how Samuel will be when he is released from the hospital.