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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Off the Ventilator!!!

today was a big day for Lewis... They took out his venitilator around 11:00 this morning & he is doing great without it in. He is finally looking more & more like the baby i had two weeks ago. They replaced the ventilator with a tube that sits at the bottom of his nose (much better than a tube down the throat) that helps give him oxygen. They are no longer giving him Fentanyl (the drug for pain and that made him sleepy) they lowered his doses yesterday since they wanted him to wake up more so he would start breathing on his own. I personally didnt like him awake & alert while he had the breathing tube in because he kept trying to gag himself... but he made it through & we are praying he wont have to go back on the respirator again. Also they had to stop giving him my breastmilk yesterday so he wouldnt throw up anything while they took the tube out but now he is back on my milk!! we are starting over at 1cc an hour & will go up 1cc every 6 hours till we are at 10cc... Also they said we may start to try & bottle feed him soon. I really hope this works out so we wont have to go home with a feeding tube. Also i may get to hold him soon now that he is off the ventilator!! i cant wait to have him in my arms again... its been way too long.

He is finally able to be wrapped up in a blanket again... his favorite.


19 comments:

  1. This makes me so happy! The ventilator is the worst part! So excited for you guys. Hope you get to hold him soon. Love you all. P.S. He looks just like Alvin!

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  2. Im so happy this has all happened since we saw you a couple nights ago! Everyday he looks more and more like the little one I saw that first night!!! He is def a fighter. Love you and I cant wait to see picts of you getting to hold him again!

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  3. How exciting!!!! I'm so glad to hear that he is off the ventilator and you will be able to hold your sweet baby soon!!!! Good job Lewis!!

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  4. Congratulations Jessi and Alvin! This is wonderful news.

    Here's to you having him in your arms again. He is precious.

    - Deni

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  5. That is such great news! Congratulations. I am so excited for you to be able to hold him again... He looks so peaceful laying there wrapped up in the blanket. What a sweet little boy.

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  6. WOOHOO!!! Making progress EVERY day!!! Can't wait for you to hold him again!!! Sure do love you guys!!!

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  7. He is just such a beautiful baby Jess, I am so happy he is doing well! He is in my prayers!!! Keep us updated! XOXO

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  8. That's the best news I've heard all day. What a tough little guy he is. I hope you get to hold(and smell) him soon. They always smell sooooo sweet. I think that's a mom thing. Congratulations to you both. He is such a handsome little man.

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  9. I'm so happy for you guys. So glad to hear the good news!!!

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  10. SIGH! I'm so happy to hear of little Lewis' progress! Keep up the good work! (I hope you don't mind me dropping in on your blog...) We're praying for your little family!

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  11. Lewis is so so so cute!!! I am so happy to hear this great news!! I'm so excited for you Jessica that you will get to hold him soon, how sweet :). You guys are such a great parents and I admire you for your strength, thanks for sharing with us! I will keep praying for you guys! lots of love for you and your family!

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  12. YAY! Go Lewis! I am glad Jess! You guys are such great people! We will continue to pray for you and he is so cute!! I am so glad that you guys will get to hold him soon! Lots of Love- The Despain's

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  13. He looks so comfortable wrapped up in the blanket, and hopefully soon he'll look just as comfortable in your arms!

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  14. YAY!!!! Jumping up and down and doing the Snoopy dance for you!!!

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  15. Yeah!! I am so glad that prayers were answered and he was able to get that icky thing out. We sure hope he continues to amaze us all with his strength. He is such a fighter. I cant wait for you to be able to hold him again...

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  16. That is great news for you guys! I am so happy our prayers continue to be with you and I just was reading your 'heart friends' blog it touches me and makes me so thankful for what I have.. Thanks.. Praying for continued progress for you guys!

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  17. I hope he keeps progressing! He is such a beautiful baby boy. We have been praying for you guys!

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  18. Such great news!!! This is the first that ive been able to get on and check on you guys!! Im glad i did today! He is seriously the cutest baby ive ever seen! We will have more prayers coming your way! GO LEWIS!!!

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  19. Tender Mercies every minute of the day!! I am so happy that he is doing so well. He is such a little fighter. I can't wait to see him, he is absolutely beautiful!! When you finally get to hold him, give him a squeeze for me:) We love you guys!

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