Saturday, October 30, 2010

Friday- October 29th - ONE MONTH OLD!!

Friday Julia got home late from visiting our little peanut, so we waited to do the update. Greg has been sick all week, so he hasn't been able to see the boy, but thanks to the beauty of digital cameras he has seen alot of pics and videos. Greg thought he might be well enough to go see him last night, but out of courtesy to all of the families he decided to wait. We saw how hard the infection was on Jackson, the last thing we want to do is cause Jackson to go thru that again, or any of the babies there. So Greg stayed home. It will be interesting to get his take on Jackson, now that he hasn't seen him in person for almost a week.

He is officially a month old now. Unbelievable. He is doing well, except for those pesky lungs, but the doctors are working on that. He is up to a 3.8ml/hour feeding and handing all of the extra calories, vitamins and minerals that they add in. The nurses and Julia were joking that Jackson now gets "Powerbar" strength breast milk. He is still "Feisty Jackson" and since he is back on the oscillator they are giving him a little bit of sedative to calm him down so he will sleep more and not fight the feeding tube.The nurse who was caring for him last night was the nurse who admitted him into the NICU. This is the first time since that night she has cared for him, she was impressed with his progress and how big he is now.

Here is his "official Im one month old pic"! 

The little red glowing light is one of his monitors. Its strapped to either a hand, arm, foot or leg. It is the sensor that monitors his oxygen saturation on a continuous cycle. If it falls to low, it marks a "destat" and the oxygen has to be turned up just a bit. If it's too high, its marks "histat" and his oxygen is turned down. Each time it hits either level, the machine beeps and beeps until he is either able to correct, or the oxygen is corrected by the nurse. They usually let him try to correct before adjusting. Its all a balancing game. 

Thank you again for all of the support, love and prayers. We are so blessed to have a wonderful network of friends.

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