Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Day 11 for Jesse

Many of you have seen brief Facebook posts about Jesse having a rough couple of days this week.

Jesse has had some irregularity in his breathing and oxygen saturation has been unstable. Of course, this is hard to watch. But, it's not unusual for his stage of development, and it's stabilized quickly each time--often without intervention. 

The real scare came in the middle of the night Monday night/Tuesday morning. Just after 2 a.m., JoAnn received a call letting her know that Jesse had perforated his bowel and the pediatric surgeon was on his way to put in a drain. The surgeon was able to clean out much of the contamination from the spilled bowel and put in the drain, and Jesse tolerated the procedure well. He's been on antibiotics for about 36 hours at this point, and we're just waiting and watching.

It's been a stressful few days, but, on a positive note, he's back up to his birth weight--that's a gain of 3 ounces. That may not sound like much, but it's about 10% of his body weight, so it's not insignificant.

And, as always, he's kicking, waving his arms around and trying to take charge. His spirit has not been diminished by these obstacles.

I truly believe that all of the love, prayers and positive energy you are all sending his way are strengthening him. Please keep them coming!

Here's a bonus picture of his foot, just because it's so tiny and cute.


If you missed the beginning of Jesse's journey and want to read the whole story, start here.

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