Apparently I spoke too soon, because when I arrived to Lila’s room this morning, the jet vent was turned OFF!!! And that was just the start of the good news. She went on the conventional vent at 9 a.m. with a pressure of 26. As of 9 p.m. tonight, they’ve lowered the pressure five times, so she’s now at 21. Dr. Hoekstra would like her to get down to 13 before he takes her off of ventilation completely. At the rate she’s going, that could be any day now! Her oxygen requirements are also much better than they’ve been the past few days. She’s hovering around 24-26, which is very minimal. I can’t believe it.
Today she just looks much better. She seems more comfortable. The nurse tonight said, “She doesn’t even look like a sick baby!” Music to my ears. It’s true what they say about the NICU rollercoaster. One minute you’re up, the next you’re down. But it’s the good-news-kinda-days that we need to cling to. Wow. How this little girl has put things into perspective for me. She’s changed my life in so many ways. I can’t wait to have her home with us.
And… we MIGHT get to hold her for the first time tomorrow! It’s hard not to get my hopes up about this, but I really hope tomorrow is the day. I’ve been waiting so long and it’s so tough not to feel her skin against mine. The nurse said we should wear button-up shirts tomorrow in case we get to do kangaroo care. This is when we hold her against our chests. It’s proven to be effective in the care of preemies.
For those of you who are praying for us, please continue to pray for Lila’s lungs. The conventional vent is not as gentle on her lungs as the jet, so there’s a chance she could develop another pneumothorax, but we’re hopeful she’ll get off the ventilators all together very soon.