John David Pate-3years old

James Daniel Pate-3years old

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Fantastic Report!

Here's a picture of the boys' diaper.

We went to visit our babies last night around 8:30 PM. As we walked around the corner in the NICU, a very obvious difference was immediately noticeable...John David was off his ventilator! PRAISE GOD! The nurses said they took him off at 4:00 PM and he was breathing well with his CPAP assistance.

We met with the neonatologist for about 5 minutes. He told us the renal ultrasound came back on James..."looked good." The head scans came back on both boys..."looked good." The heart scans which were the most critical at this time..."looked much better!!!" They started decreasing the dose of caffeine and dopamine they've been giving that increases the force of the heartbeat.

The doctor explained they were progressing slowly, but he was comfortable with where they were right now. What a relief and positive visit it was. We were very thankful.

Dana cried as soon as she saw John David without the tube down his throat. She had said she wasn't going to cry when we visited, but that was the very first thing she did.

Both babies lost a little more weight today which is normal. They've begun swabbing their mouths with Q-tips soaked in Dana's breast milk. They mentioned something about giving 1 mL of breast milk through a port to see how their GI system tolerated it......but really at that point, I wasn't listening as well as I should have been. Just so happy to see them both breathing, for the most part, on their own.

We are going to visit this morning. Dr. Greg Hively gave me the morning off to with Dana and to visit the boys. We'll report back later. Thank you all again for your continued love and support.

Dana says, "Please keep praying for our babies!"


Missy said...


Hi! It is Missy - we spoke a months ago - Lindy got us in touch with each other - she passed on your blog to me. I am so elated to hear your boys are here!!!! What a blessing & miracle your boys are. NICU stay is a tough time (I remember it well). But Abby & Emma were at the same NICU as your boys & what a wonderful staff! I love the doctors, nurses, etc. there and made Abby & Emma 16 day NICU stay a pleasant, loving stay.

I will continue to keep you all in my prayers. " IN GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!!"

roy/elisabeth dean said...

They look like Sam, who looks like Jenna, who looks like Rob, who looks like Darleen! Can't go wrong there!
I LOOOOVVVVEEEE them! Keep updating and we'll keep praying!
Love, Elisabeth & Roy

Amy said...

I am definitely praying daily. The boys look great and I am so happy to hear such a great report! I love you guys and if you need anything please let me know! Amy

-Ronda said...

Praise God! All I can say is, Praise God!!!