Every time I write, speak or think a sentence like that I follow it with "praised by Jesus Christ." Seriously.
His breathing is kinda shallow and funky, though, which is one part newborn + one part trauma. God has answered our prayers time and time again, let's keep asking that the breathing gets better. :)
Other promising news: He's been doing a great job with oral therapy and is a great sucker! Yay! Also, he is doing really well with his feeding schedule and digesting my milk. Yay! And his gag reflex is getting stronger and more consistent! They are even going to introduce a bottle to see how he does with it. And very soon (like tomorrow maybe) we will get to start doing non-nutritive sucking after I pump. His eyes are responsive, too, and all this combined means his brain stem is probably in good shape. Yay! Yay! Yay! Please pray for continued success in feedings.
His muscle tone, though, is still not in good shape and it's looking like a possibility for cerebral palsy. Please pray for normal muscle tone.
I don't know if I told you this already, but the hospital found the blood cultures taken in the ED. They came back negative. We also have the results from pathology on the placenta: everything was normal and healthy. We still don't know why James' heart stopped beating.
And now, the results from the MRI. There were signs of "subtle changes caused by probably low blood flow and oxygen supply to the brain." Our doctor was expecting worse results and was pretty pleased with these. We will have to wait for James' brain to develop to know how those "subtle changes" will affect his life. Or we will just have to pray them away. The human brain is an amazing thing and it is within God's power to heal these changes or have the brain compensate for them. If it be God's will...
So to reiterate:
Please pray for
- normal muscle tone
- normal breathing
- continued success in feedings (this includes good gag, sucking, tolerance of breast milk)
- healing of James' brain