4 Days Old!
What an amazing day!!!!! This is JEN (aka quatro mama)writing!!! I was so excited to update you all for the first time in months. (It helps that I can actually fit a computer on my lap now. My ridiculously HUGE belly kept me from that for months!)
First to update you on CLARK….He has had his best day ever. So great, in fact that they couldn’t keep up with his progress. He was switched back to the “regular” vent today, weened off all blood pressure medicine, and his ventilator settings are turned to low (meaning mostly room air). He is also off the paralytic medicine and off the billirubin lights. (Although I must admit it was pretty cute to have all 4 of them lit up in blue for the Colts game!) Please continue to pray – there is still some danger ahead we are afraid for this little guy, because of his heart valve and the fact that they have not diagnosed what has caused his trouble. Perhaps this will be another unexplainable work that God will show Himself through, as the doctors and nurses cannot explain what has caused him to improve so much today.
Now to ISAAC…..He was taken off the vent this morning and put on C-PAP. Brad was able to help keep him calm during the transition process, therefore they didn’t have to sedate him. Brad was able to place his hands under his head and on top of his precious body and rock him gently in his hands for about a 1/2 hour. He calmed down in his hands. What a sweet memory! Isaac is also off the billirubin lights. The only stinky news is that Isaac also has the unclosed heart valve and started his medicine tonight. Will you pray that Clark and Issac both respond to this treatment and will not have to have heart surgery?
HENRY…I like to call him King Henry, because although he’s the little guy he’s the show off. Today was my first day due to my fever being down for 24 hours to be able to touch our kids, and Henry fell first in line. I can’t describe how precious his little head was to touch.
BROOKS….Best part of the day. I was able to hold my own sweet Brooks tonight. He even showed Mommy and Daddy his pretty eyes
for quite sometime. Then as he got snuggled in those eyes got too heavy to keep open and he fell right to sleep in mama’s arms. Daddy got his snuggle time next. I cannot describe the sweetness of those 20 minutes.
An update on me…..I will most likely be released tomorrow, if my blood pressure is not too high and as long as I’m not getting too faintish because of my low blood count levels. (Sometime I’ll have to fill you in on an interesting story this morning of trying to sit in the laundry basket in the bathroom because I was passing out – what an adventure this all has been!) I cannot believe that I have been here in the hospital for over 4 1/2 weeks! Please pray for me during this transition home and as Brad and I are away from our boys. We know that we cannot be with them here constantly – so please pray that we are able to leave them in the great care they are in and for me to start this recovery process from such an extreme pregnancy. My body has quite a bit of adjusting to do after going through the war. (I’ve already lost over 35lbs in 4 days, though, so perhaps I should have went for that “Biggest Loser” audition.)
Also many of you are asking when the boys will come home and that is a question not even being considered at this point. They ALL have many things to accomplish in NICU first. Specifically:
1.Maintaining Body Temperature on their own in an open crib
2.Ability to Feed
3.Ability to Gain Weight
4.Breathing on their own
They say plan on them coming home around their due date (March 30), some come home a bit earlier, some later. Most likely they will not all come home at the same time. They are 5 days old tomorrow, so we’re just taking one preemie step at a time.
Alright, time for my vitals…Brad is sleeping – what is wrong with this picture? Didn’t I just have 4 babies?????? Just kidding. What an awesome example Brad has been to love his wife as Christ loves the church. I am so blessed!
(Copied from www.triplet-update.blogspot.com)