Friends, we are witnessing yet another medical miracle. We just got in from meeting with Pierce's medical team and they are indeed blown away. Here is how the conversation went:
Nurse Practitioner: (after a brief moment of quiet pondering) "You know, most babies get really sick after this surgery, I'm sure you were prepared. Well, it looks like he is not doing that. In fact, for today, I'm going to give him an 'A' in terms of recovery/progress"
Then enters Pierce's doctor with a BIG grin on his face. He chuckles as he looks at me and simply says, "Pierce is writing his own book." He replies to NP's comment by saying, "He gets an A+!" He goes on to explain that God works in mysterious ways and that he sees God's hand in keeping them from placing the CVL yesterday/this morning (Pierce is doing so well that they simply don't need it!). Dr. Keuser tells us that a)this amazing recovery is not normal (in fact it is so rare, that he simply is blown away) and b)not only did Pierce seem to not be phased at all by this major surgery, he hit the ground running. This morning he has been weaned down on the ventilator (he's now on a better/much lower setting than ever before) and his pain medicine has been weaned down as well.
Because Pierce has done exceedingly well, they decided to give him his first feeding!!! This is HUGE! They weren't expecting to be able to do this until late this weekend/early next week. Here is a picture of our EXCELLENT nurse Lindsay giving P his first mL of milk. :)
So needless to say, God is at work. He is answering our prayers affirmatively and we cannot begin to describe the amount of joy and gratitude that is pouring from our hearts today. We know that God is working and using your prayers. Thank you!
The next hurdle that the doctors anticipate is whether or not Pierce's bowels will be able to adjust to the feedings. This is a big hurdle for preemies as they are not supposed to eat (bowels are underdeveloped) for another couple months. Please pray that God grants Pierce the ability to jump this hurdle as easily as the PDA surgery. We are seeing God work in so many mighty ways and we feel confident that He will bring him through this.
Here are a couple things we wanted to share with you:
Ephesians 1:18-19 18 "having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might"
Also, we are going to start a running soundtrack of Pierce's life. Nik has been listening to Mumford & Sons as of late and wanted to share their song "Thistles & Weeds." He thinks this song characterizes Pierce's first couple of weeks of life.
Grace and Peace,
Lindsay, Nik, and Pierce