After the storm of fear that plagued us from Drake's health issues two weeks ago, we have had several days without a worried captain and first mate. Annie and I have not been able to experience the happiness that we so desired, until the last few days. We are so filled with joy, it shows through to everyone we talk with. Nurses, parents, friends and strangers all say, " It is great to finally see some smiles." I will admit, it feels great to smile! We continue to pray daily for the storms to stay small and our ship to remain strong.
Today began with some of our good friends visiting from Tyler, we consider them family. They delivered our mail, mostly bills to sort through, and some really nice gifts for Drake and Kennedy. Most importantly, they brought some great friendship for us to enjoy. In return, they had a first hand experience in the kangaroo time mommy snuck in with both Drake and Kennedy before we all went to lunch.
Today's activities for Kennedy included her second attempt at CPAP. The doctor said, "She is doing exceptionally well." We are hopeful this will be her permanent graduation from the breathing tube going down her throat. Even if they do move her back to the ventilator, it is helping her build strong lungs while she is doing the breathing on her own. However, she was a bit annoyed that she has to wear the stylish headgear that inhibits her glamourous photo opportunities. She is still tolerating the higher calorie feeds as long as it is given over a length of time. If this keeps up, she will be able to lose the PIC line in her arm...this means she will be able to wear some of her very own preemie clothes, even if they are still too big.
Drake had an eventful day as well. The doctor said it was time for him to go to a larger diameter tube that he uses for his breathing. He still had the original one from when he was intubated a month ago in Tyler. This means that he is growing and it will provide better airflow to help him receive adequate ventilation. Like his sister, he was quite upset about the whole ordeal. Now, the kangaroo time he had this morning further confirmed my observations on how much he loves it. Like yesterday, once he hit his mommies chest, all movement stops and time seems to come to a halt for both of them. If they would let them do it all day long, there would be no objections from either of them.