Thomas continued to have heme (blood) positive stools overnight, and there was thickening of the bowel wall on X-ray. No free air though, which is good. They are calling it NEC today for sure. Hopefully it remains medical NEC and not surgical. It is frustrating because we have an entirely new team of doctors because of the holiday. Yesterday the ICU doc and peds surgeon thought the X-ray looked good, but today's ICU doc said he saw pneumatosis on the film from yesterday. WBC is improved, and crp is basically the same. Still a lot of room for improvement with renal function and urine output.
Yesterday they were talking about closing the chest in the next few days, but today's crew said we weren't close to chest closure. I don't want to rush anything, but I wish we had some consistency with plans, etc.
Today Thomas's condition was described as tenuous....a big change from terrific! Yikes!
Here are today's prayer requests:
NEC- please pray for quick resolution, no progression, and that no surgical intervention is not necessary
- pray that kidney function will improve significantly
- pray that urine output would increase so swelling can improve
- pray he is stable enough for chest closure soon because open chest is portal for infection
- pray for TJ...he feels he is getting a cold. It would be devastating if thomas got any kind of cold or infection..and so TJ needs to get better quickly and keep his cooties to himself!
Happy thanksgiving to everyone! We are so thankful for everyone's support and prayers. We are so thankful for our precious Thomas and how God has kept him safe so far!
Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles.
His faithful love endures forever. (Psalm 136:4 NLT)