Bodie is having a GREAT day! He tolerated the Vapotherm so well, they weaned him down off of it, so that he is now on the nasal cannula only! YAY!!! And that means they can start his feeds up again via the NG tube (double yay)! They'll start him back at where he was a couple of days ago (they had to stop the feeds in anticipation of extubation - then, they wait until they're stable being extubated before resuming feeds) and then slowly increase the amount of breastmilk he gets up to full feedings. They go really slow with feeding hypoplasts since a lot of them have gut issues (due to the weird blood flow in utero) and they don't want too much energy going to the gut. So, we'll have a slow road - but it's so exciting to be so close to working on feeding issues - within a few days, we'll hopefully be able to start giving him a bottle!!! Praise God!
And in related news, THANK YOU so much to all of you who have brought us meals, given us care packages, etc. - I'm working on thank-you notes to all of you (don't have quite the free time that I had thought I'd have!), but rest assured that we are incredibly grateful for your generosity! A number of you who live locally have asked about helping with a meal rotation - if you'd like to help, our wonderful friend Natalie has set up a meal rotaton. Here's the link: http://www.brownbearsw.com/freecal/Bennetts?Date=2010-03-01;Op=ShowIt - just go anywere it says "Meal Needed" and enter your info. If you need our address or anything, just shoot me an email. :-)
And thanks more than anything for the prayers and good thoughts! We know that's why our little fighter is doing so well - please, please keep them coming!