Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Good Afternoon to all of our faithful friends and family!!!
Today is a day of NEW beginnings!! Gavin is 40 days old as of today. Hard to believe it has been almost 6 weeks since he came into our lives. For six weeks we have stood in awe of God's miraculous grace in our lives. Now today we will once again stand in awe. Gavin will be taken off of the ventilator this afternoon....the very life support that sustained his small body in the beginning has now helped him to mature and be strong enough to breath on his own. He will be put on a high flow nasal canula with oxygen only. He will be breathing on his own. This is truly a miracle of miracles. Six weeks ago we were not sure we would make it through 48 hours and now he is able to breath on his own.
Gavin will also have a visit from the eye doctor today. This is the same group of pediatric opthamologists that Ian sees as well. They will be looking to make sure Gavin does not have R.O.P. This is a condition that effects preemies born earlier than 32 weeks. You can read about R.O.P. by clicking this link http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/rop/.
They have once again increased Gavin's feedings. He is now up to 12cc every 3 hours and continues to tolerate it well. He is still receiving 3.5 cc of IV nutriion every 3 hours as well. This balances out to a total feeding volume of 15.5cc every 3 hours. Gavin has had steady weight gain and he continues to poop very well.
They have added iron to Gavin's regimen and also continue with caffeine treatment. Caffeine helps kiddos like Gavin to minimize apnea and bradycardia spells. He will also be receiving a medication called EPO. This will help Gavin's body to produce red blood cells on its own.
Lots of changes today in Gavin's world. All in the right direction though. I ask that you continue to pray for us this afternoon. Please pray that the extubation goes well and Gavin sails through with breathing on his own. Pray for continued strength and growth for Gavin. Strength and endurance for us as a family as well.
I will update you later tonight after we have been to the hospital. I am excited and scared all at the same time this afternoon. God has brought us to this place and he will see us through it to the next level. Once again, I take a leap of faith. I know there is nothing that will happen today that together the Lord and I cannot handle!!!