Praise God! Bodie had SUCH a great day today! They were able to completely wean him off the nitric and the epi, along with a calcium and a potassium line he was on. They also started weaning him down off the vent and the dopamine (helps with his heart squeezing) and so far, he's tolerating it really well (his sats are still in the mid-80's!)! It's so wonderful to see his progress. We got to spend some great time with him this afternoon and he was awake for a while, which really has been a first for us! For the last hour or so that we were there, he was just gazing at me, holding my finger, and rooting (for those of you without kids, that means he was, ahem, looking for something to eat and unquestionably understood that something comes from mama! :-)) It was amazing. The nurse said that even though he was "stoned" (her word, not mine - he's still on some serious pain meds), the interaction she saw between the two of us was an incredible example of how strong the bond is between a mother and her baby and how a baby unquestionably knows when mama is around. :-) It was really cool to hear.
The next big hurdle is getting him off the vent, so please be praying specifically for that! We don't get to hold him or start thinking about feeding him until he is extubated, meaning he comes off the vent. We don't have a timeline for that yet, but I'm guessing maybe Sunday or Monday. Please pray it happens sooner than later - that is a HUGE hurdle for heart kids!
Thank you so much for all of your prayers and sweet emails/phone calls this week. I'm trying to respond back to them all - I'm getting there. :-) Please keep those prayers coming!