Although he's very sick, he looks relatively stable at the moment. His torso is still very swollen, but it's not quite as red as it was yesterday, and his arms and legs aren't as mottled and pale as they have recently appeared.
All of Jude's blood cultures since he was started on antibiotics have been negative, so that's encouraging. He'll continue to receive antibiotics for some time to ensure that his infection is cleared up. For the moment, though, negative cultures notwithstanding, he's being regarded as a baby with sepsis.
Here are a few other things we're thankful for today:
- Jude started making some urine in the night. His urine output has been rather poor over the last few days, which I think raised some doubts about the state of his kidneys.
- Jude's nurse heard some breath sounds this morning when she was listening to his lungs. Although Jude's lung volume was actually a little bit higher yesterday than it has been today, the same nurse was able to hear breath sounds more distinctly this morning.
- The oxygen level that's being supplied to Jude through the ECMO circuit has been turned down just a little bit, from 90% to 80%. This is just a small change, and he is still receiving quite a lot of support from ECMO and his ventilator, but we're happy to see a small step in the right direction.
- That Jude's treatment for his sepsis would continue to be successful, and that his sepsis would not significantly hinder progress with respect to his other problems.
- That Jude's lung volume will increase. His lung volume and the size of his breaths through the ventilator have gone down since yesterday, and this is probably due to fluid buildup around his lungs.
- That Jude's fluid accumulation throughout his body would decrease as the medical staff take measures to try and remove it.
- That Jude's inflammation in his abdomen and other places would abate. We know that this will take some time, but we pray that the Lord will hasten his recovery.
- That Jude will be as comfortable as possible, despite being subjected to so much.
As always, thank you for your support and your prayers.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.