Saturday, July 7, 2012
2 Weeks Old Today...Still Fighting Infections
2 weeks ago today our sweet babies entered this world much too early. They have been fighting a survival battle ever since. As we posted yesterday, they are both fighting infections. Kennedy has one type of infection and Drake has another type. We are thankful that the doctors were able to detect signs of the infections early before they ever acted sick. However, knowing our sweet babies and their unique personalities it is clear to us that they are not feeling well today...this absolutely breaks our hearts. We would give anything to be able to trade places with them and make them feel better. We understand that the NICU journey is a roller coster, but the dips are more emotional than anticipated. Drake was just moved to an oscillator ventilator today like his sister. His CO2 levels were continuing to rise due to his infection, so the oscillator will be able to provide him with more support as he fights it off. Kennedy's blood cultures from yesterday came back negative, which is a good sign that the antibiotics are doing their job. The doctors want to see 48 hours of negative cultures before they consider the infection to be clear. We are hoping to see the same with Drake's cultures soon. Drake has received 3 blood transfusions in the last 36 hours and they are monitoring his platelet count very closely.