We have a ton of people that are wanting to follow how Caleb is doing in the hospital, so I thought I would put together a page that had all of the latest updates. If you go to rosskimes.net/caleb, it will have the full list of updates on him along with a few pictures. I hope to update at least once a day, but it could be more. Hopefully this is not something that we have to keep going for too much longer.
This does not mean than you can’t text or call Carissa or me to see how he is doing. I just wanted to provide an easy way for anyone who wanted to follow along. Your texts and calls are always welcome!
For today’s update:
His respiratory rate is still high, but it is dropping. Last night, it dropped low enough that they could start feeding him through a tube. This is great because even though he was getting all of the nutrition that he needed through the IV, he has felt hungry the entire time because his stomach way empty. Once he gets some food in him, he should be much more comfortable.
They have been lowering the amount of oxygen that he is being given over the last two days. As long as his vitals stay stable, he should be down to 45% later today (he was at 100% two days ago).
His respiratory rate has not recovered as much as typical babies that were born at 37 weeks, so they are going to run some more tests over the next couple of days. That are not expecting to find anything because he is not exhibiting any other symptoms. We are praying for everything to come back negative here and that his recovery being a little slower is just because he needed the extra time.
They put some light over him because his jaundice levels have been rising the last couple of days, but that is not a big deal at all.
Now that he is breathing a little better and is able to eat, we get to see and interact with him more. Carissa and I have each had turns holding him the last couple of days, which has helped up tremendously.
Also, I just wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone who has come to visit, brought us food, or just called or texted to check on us. I feel like we have an army of people who are begging to help us any way that they can. It means a lot to our whole family.