Saturday, May 8, 2010
One Month Old
Carson is one month old today! We can’t believe that a month has gone by already. Looking back, Carson’s been through a lot in a short time span. And we’ve seen so many people gather around us to support us and take care of us. We are overwhelmed each day by the generosity and love that has been poured out on our family. We are nervous and excited as we look forward to the months ahead, but we are confident that God has a plan for everything, especially Carson. So we’re willing to wait and see what happens!
On Friday we found out that Carson was put back on his ventilator. He has been having spells where his oxygen saturations have dropped low which caused his heart rate to drop. They determined that he’s not breathing deep enough. So they are using the ventilator to inflate his lungs more to help him breathe deeper. They think that one of two things is causing this. First, he is eating more and also has all of his hernia put back inside of him, so there may be less room for his lungs to expand. Or there is the possibility of him having an infection. They did blood work yesterday and found that his premature white blood cell count is up, which could indicate an infection, but the blood work today looks good so they’re not going to do anything extra. They took a chest x-ray this morning and decided that he’s doing better and lowered the ventilator to not inflate his lungs as much. We were a little bummed at first, but he is breathing better now and we’re hoping that they try and take him off of the vent in a day or so.
Other than that, Carson is doing really well. Avery got a chance to go in and see him again today. He always perks up when he hears Avery’s voice (if you heard Avery’s voice, you’d perk up too!). She always tells us that he has an owie on his belly, that there’s a doctor, and that he’s “all better.” She looks forward to seeing him all week and every time she gets into her play car, she says she’s going to go see baby Carson at the hospital. We are so glad that they lifted the ban on siblings being in the NICU. We are happy that she can share in Carson’s life.
We’ve taken a bunch of pictures of Carson that we are going to be emailing to the doctor that we’ve met in Texas. We are excited that we are going to be able to have a plan and some milestones get set in place for Carson. We’ll be having a phone consultation with him next week about what surgery needs to happen first.
I am so tired and I can’t think how to wrap this up. So I’m going to bed and hopefully this all makes sense.
Steve and Heather