Nik and I were able to stay home last night(yeah!) as Pierce had a great night/morning. We were called in today to meet with the Dr to discuss what we should do about the PDA (open duct near his heart/lungs). Here is the report: the Drs. had hoped to be able to administer a medicine to close the PDA, but Pierce has not proven to be a candidate. At this point in the game, they feel it's best to do something as opposed to just leaving it open. In more or less words, they need to act in order for him to get better. That being said, our only option is PDA surgery. We are waiting to go in and meet with the pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon (we are so thankful to be at a hospital that offers such highly trained, specialized doctors) and will let you all know what he says. We know at this point that Pierce's surgery will be sometime tomorrow, that it will take about 30 minutes (the actual surgery) and that it is likely to cause him to get sicker (it's kind of like a catch-22...he has to get sicker in order to get better and that there is a long list of risks involved (including death). It's hard to make this decision when he is seemingly stable... kind of like a "why rock the boat?" mentality, but we are trusting that God is guiding the doctors and that this is the best choice for our son. Please be in prayer as we meet with the surgeon. Both Nik and I have a peace that this is the best option and we are trusting that God will continue to sustain Pierce's life. Pray that Pierce will not develop an infection (main risk in the surgery) and that his immature lungs will be able to tolerate this procedure. We will be updating later tonight as we know more details.
As we met with Dr.Keuser today (same Dr. who woke us up on day 4 when Pierce's potassium levels were so high), he did mention that most 23-weekers die within the first week and that perhaps "God has a bigger plan for Pierce's life." We know that this is true as we have seen His hand demonstrated throughout these last 12 days. While the doctor was very quick to inform us that Pierce is by no means "out of the woods," we are rejoicing in how far He has carried us and trusting that He will bring our son through these trials and raise him up to be a healthy, strong man one day.
Lindsay, Nik and Pierce