We just got back from meeting with Dr. Engstrom. He went over the first and second brain scans with us. And although the bleeding in Pierce's brain is a grade 3 on one side and a dreaded grade 4 on the other, it is not quite as bad as it sounds. In Grade 4 bleeding there is somewhat of a sliding scale. Dr. Engstrom used a flu analogy. There are flus where you get a little sick and need to rest a day or two and then there are flus that put you in the hospital. Pierce's grade 4 is on the lower end of the spectrum and there is a 98% that there will be no more bleeding. The blood has only reached a small portion of the tissue on the right side. And though the blood has reached some of the area, it will take a while to destroy it, if it even does at all. The bleeding could recede before it has time to do any damage. But even if the area is destroyed (we are going to pray that it is not) Pierce's brain is so immature that as it develops it can compensate for the loss of mass.
So, overall, for where we are at, Pierce is doing well. For the last couple of days I have been reading Psalm 91 to Pierce. Here are some of the major sections of the Psalm that have been a blessing to us:
Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place-- the Most High, who is my refuge--no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.
"Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation."
God is faithful. And again, all of our confidence is found in Christ. We are trusting God for Pierce's recovery. We cannot think you enough for all the prayers and support. A dear friend of ours Nicole Chitty, with the help of the RTS Women's Cabinet has set up a fundraising website for us and Pierce. By God's grace, Pierce will be covered under ELBW insurance, but we did not have maternity insurance for Lindsay's c-section and hospital stay. The web address for the fundraising website is: http://www.giveforward.com/teampierce
Prayers needed right now: Pray that Pierce's brain will heal itself and that he will not need a shunt. Pray that is ventricles would unclot so that his spinal fluid and the blood in it could drain. Likewise, there are parts in his front brain that are used in that process. Pray that they are healed and functioning properly.
Pray that his lungs and kidneys would continue to get healthier. Once his kidneys get healthy enough, they can administer the medicine to close his PDA valve. Pray that it only takes one dose to close that valve.
Pray that the PDA causes no issues before they get it closed.
Again, thank you for all the love and prayers.
Nik, Lindsay, and Pierce