New "digs" for the boys - that is the BIG news today! It's amazing how much we really DON'T know about things until we're involved in them. This rings true for today's event. Both boys were placed in new incubators called "isolettes" (pics below of boys in their new environments). These type of incubators were what we assumed the boys would be in when they were first born - we were wrong. This is actually an upgraded bed, showing that both boys have progressed into a new level of care. The previous open beds that the boys were in are reserved for the sicker babies (easy access to the many tubes and for emergency medical attention). The benefits of the isolette is that it's temperature controlled and buffers outside noise (which will be good for both boys - they hate noise). From a selfish point of view, I have to reach in the little side doors to get to them - they seem a little less accessible. It's only perception of course (well, sort of - ha ha)!
Today's stats were fabulous once more! Tyler: 2lbs, 15.6 oz (almost 3 lbs - woo hoo!); 28.5% O2; 47% CO2. Parker: 2lbs, 12.1 oz (twice his birth weight!); 28.6% O2; 43% CO2. Both nurses said the boy's numbers were "stellar"! The doctors talked today about moving Parker off the conventional ventilator and onto the CPAP ("nasal prongs" hooked up to a machine that delivers a small amount of extra pressure support - one step further to him breathing completely on his own). This would allow his breathing tube to be removed - one less infection risk - yea! This would be an amazing progression...it fills my heart with hope!
I have to mention how lucky I am to have the most amazing family, friends, and co-workers. PLEASE know that I've received your messages and I am just blown away by the support and love. I never realized how important words could be - from our ability to inform everyone of the boys progress to people sending their prayers, words of support and pure love. THANK YOU! I can feel the "vibe" and have been touched by so many. And for those I don't know, especially those supporting my darling husband John, I appreciate you more than you'll ever know. I can't imagine being the husband in this scenario, especially someone like John who LOVES being in control. This takes away ALL of your control. Not only was his wife sick (but healing nicely by the way), but to end up with both babies in the NICU - what overwhelming stress. He is my miracle! I am one lucky woman and I realize it!
THANK YOU ALL AGAIN! I promise to pay this one forward some day!
P.S. The blood donations have been an overwhelming success - thank you so much!