Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Off the Vent, On the Vent

Tuesday was another big day for Will. Around 11am, they took him off the ventilator for the first time. Besides the time right after he was born, he has been on a ventilator his whole life. He has never had to breathe by himself so this was a big day. When they took him off the ventilator they switched him to something called CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). It is a big contraption where he has oxygen and pressure going through his nose. He looked like he was ready for his first football game in the new contraption! He looked so sweet though! He also got his first pacifier yesterday, so that his mouth would stay closed.

We knew there was a chance his little body would get tired and he would have to go back on the ventilator. Will did awesome for a really long time, but eventually around 11pm last night they did put him back on the ventilator. He was off it for 12 hours which is a really good sign that he can do it, he is just so little that all that work just wore him out. They will probably try again in another week or so.

Lindy had a quiet day yesterday which was good. We were hanging out by Will's bed most of the day, making sure he was still breathing!

Lindy will be getting all the attention tomorrow (Thursday), she is having her PDA surgery around 11:45am. We are anxious to get this taken care of so one problem will be solved (hopefully)! They say babies sometimes seem a little sicker after the surgery for a little while so it might be a week or so before we see the positive results.

Lindy had a cranial ultrasound today and there was no significant change. This is good news that things have not changed from last week. Therefore they will still just be watching her and still have no plans for removing any of the fluid yet.

Think of us tomorrow around lunch time! Little Lindy (and her parents) need your thoughts and prayers!!

Drew finally gets to hold Will today while we changed his blankets! He held Lindy Monday and Will today, so Drew's had a good week!

Lindy, just hanging out yesterday while Will was getting all the attention.
Will's CPAP contraption that he had for 12 hours on Tuesday. He still looks so precious, even with all that mess on his face!
Will sucking on his first pacifier. Of course he couldn't hold it in his mouth, so that is Daddy having to hold it while he sucked!
After they took Will off the vent and before they put on the CPAP stuff, they snapped a picture of him with NOTHING on his face! Besides the short time directly after birth, we have not seen the babies without something on their face. Will doesn't necessarily look happy but doesn't he have a beautiful little face?!


Melanie said...

I am so happy to hear the wonderful news about Will and even about Lindy. It sounds like the little man is getting stronger and stronger everyday. I know you guys were thrilled to get a look at your little guy without any medical gear in the way. He is a doll baby! I will definitely be thinking about and praying for Lindy and you guys tomorrow. Let us know how it goes as soon as you can.

jim h said...

What little blessings. It's great to see pictures of the little ones. We'll continue to pray for your family and offer "extra special" prayers for Lindy on Thursday.

Anita said...

I am so happy to hear of Will and Lindy's constant improvement. You are all in my thoughts and prayers everyday, but even more today.


Vicki G. said...

I don't know this family but am on a cyber prayer chain so this is coming from Pennsylvania! I am keeping the entire family and the medical staff in my prayers. Will be saying a special prayer for Lindy today...Hope Drew and Jamie are comforted and find support in knowing that more people than they can possibly imagine are lifting them up in prayer!