Yes, that's right! I got to hold my little man!!! My nurse today told me she'd set it up so I could hold Bodie - and she did (and I kind of understand why the other nurses were reluctant to let me do it, since it took her probably 20 minutes to get everything set up for me to hold him)! It was awesome - he slept so peacefully in my arms! (A big thank-you to those of you who encouraged me to keep asking to hold him in spite of the vent!!!)
This was my view of my sweet little guy:
And the best part??? Check out these sats (the number in green)- yes, this is the number that we've been trying to get over 72 or so for days now. His sats were in the mid-80's the entire time I was holding him!!!
In other good news, since Bodie did well with the Pedialite yesterday, they started him on breastmilk today! YAY!!! Finally our little guy is getting the good stuff - it's still in small increments, but at least it's something! (and it's pretty nice to know that the exhausting round the clock pumping is actually being put to good use!) AND, they're pretty sure they know why his sats have been so low - turns out he has pleural effusion, or fluid surrounding his lungs. Essentially, the fluid is compressing his lungs, not allowing him to take the deep breaths he needs to. They're pretty sure that's why they've been having such difficulty weaning him off the vent. They're really happy to have an explanation, since he had essentially stumped them up to this point (btw, the pacer did work, but didn't end up making a substantial difference). So they put him on a higher dieuretic to try to get him to pee out the excess fluid. We're hopeful that will work - if he's not able to do that, I think they may have to put chest tubes back in to drain the fluid out - and it can often become a chronic problem if so.
So tonight, please pray for little Bodie's body to get rid of the excess fluid naturally - that should be the last thing standing between us and weaning off the vent!