Tuesday, April 17, 2007
A Fresh Perspective
Brilliant blue skies frame a radiant sun today in Chapel Hill. There's not a cloud in the sky & spring's flowers brighten the landscape with splashes of color. Even from within the halls of UNC's Intensive Care Unit, no one will argue that this is in fact a beautiful day.
Arriving at the hospital this morning, I learned of a delightful change in Isaac's care: he's been moved to a new room! Just a few doors down on the PICU, our sweet boy now has the corner room with two windows! Natural light floods his room & we can enjoy greater views of the blue skies outside. It may seem like a small change, but after seven weeks in the same room, we gladly welcome the change of scenery. Now Isaac has four new ceiling butterflies to make friends with. :)
Isaac remains stable & looks fabulous! As of this morning, he measures 50 cm & 4.3 kg! (19.7 in. & 9.5 lbs.) He's gained almost two whole pounds since birth! What a fighter! Our goals remain nutrition & weaning from the vent. At this point, we're waiting for his ND tube to get into his intestines as it is currently coiled in his stomach. Until then, Isaac is receiving IV nutrition & will begin receiving lipids today at 6p. Respiratory therapy has gone down again on his rate & so far, Isaac has responded fabulously! Since this change, his blood gas has actually improved - pH & CO2 levels ideal & his lactate is now 1.4!!! Only .2 to go until it's in normal range! Thank you, Lord! The incision from the diaphragm surgery continues to heal nicely & he's back to his old silly self now that the chest tube is out. Once he's been weaned from the vent, narcotics, & tolerates his feeds, we'll be able to address issues such as the hernia, cleft palate & test hearing in his left ear.
God continues to show Himself strong & faithful towards our family, strengthening our sweet boy & meeting our unspoken needs. Through Isaac's journey, He is changing so many lives - ourselves, those who care for Isaac here at UNC, & everyone who has shared in praying for our sweet boy. Only our great God is able to take something so dire & use it to show His love & glory! Amen & Amen!!!
How to Pray for Isaac::
::tolerance to feeds & adequate nutrition
::successful weaning off the vent w/o need for more surgery or a trach
::protection against new infections
Some shots of Isaac's new room: