January 2, 2007

Another Tough Day For Niklas

Niklas had another rough day today. His lungs stayed about the same, which is better than backwards progress. I will say that this guy is a fighter, his blood gasses and oxygenation were so good today, that if he didn't have lung problems he would be on room air with little or no help. The nurses were actually joking about how good his lungs are working, despite the injuries that they have sustained. The one piece of bad news regarding Niklas is that he now has a Level II IVH on both sides of the brain and the original side is seeing a little bit of swelling in the ventricles. It is still nothing too bad as long as it doesn't get much worse, and even if it does get worse many kids end up being just fine. Its just a very unknown part of the body to be dealing with. I am still pretty confident that he is going to pull out of this, its just discouraging to see him have so much trouble while his brother and sister are doing so well. I never thought that I would know so much about neonatal care. It really makes me glad I am a computer programmer. Computers are predictable, there is always a root cause for problems, problems are usually fixable.

On another good note Gabbie and Lukas are doing very very well. Their oxygen requirements keep going down and they are eating and pooping like champions. Greta got to do "Kangaroo Care" with both of them today which is where the baby lays skin to skin on your chest for about an hour or so. I have got to do this a couple of times, and I must admit that it really makes all of this worth it. Greta and I are both doing pretty well with this, as she gets to go interact with the babies during the day, and I get to lose myself being a geek at work. Thanks again to everyone for all of the support!


Auntie Sarah and Uncle Adam said...

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was
walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the
sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he
noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one
belonging to him, and the other to the Lord. When
the last scene of his life flashed before him, he
looked back at the footprints in the sand. He
noticed that many times along the path of his life
there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed
that it happened at the very lowest and saddest
times in his life. This really bothered him and he
questioned the Lord about it. "Lord, You said that
once I decided to follow you, You'd walk with me all
the way. But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life, there is only one set
of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed
you most you would leave me." The Lord replied,
"My son, My precious child, I love you and I would
never leave you. During your times of trial and
suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it
was then that I Carried You."

Davis family said...

Sarah's post is perfect. We are still praying for all of you!

Kevin Currie said...

Jason, Did you just say "eating and pooping like champions"? You guys are the best. Your children get their strength from both of you and your parents.

Kim (Leslie's Friend) said...

Hi Greta and Jason. This is Leslie's friend Kim. I am so glad you have this blog, I think about you alot, so I have been coming on here to get updates often. First, congrats on the birth of your babies! I know they seem so tiny but they really sound like such champs and I am sure they will all do great! It is so amazing what they can do these days to help these babies grow strong. You guys are always in my thoughts and prayers. I would love to come for a visit when you bring your babies home.
God bless and hang in there!