The title of this blog pretty much describes the daily NICU life. Sometimes there are more steps forward, and other times, like today, there are steps backwards. Pierce is having a slightly better day today. The doctors were able to sedate him and hopefully help with any pain med withdrawals. They also discovered that his hemoglobin was low (another common problem with preemies) so they are giving him a blood transfusion today. Because of the blood transfusion, they stopped his feeds for the day, but will likely resume tomorrow at 8mL's every 3 hours.
The biggest concern is still Pierce's lungs. He is still receiving steroids to help with the inflammation and they are hoping that the steroids will kick in over the next day or so and that Pierce's lungs will start to improve (they had tried to wean his steroid dosage over the weekend, which resulted in lots of inflammation).
Please pray for complete healing and that Pierce will progress faster than expected. Pray for Nik and I as we can so often begin to feel overwhelmed and discouraged, especially on days like today and yesterday where we feel like all we are doing is moving backwards in terms of progress.
Tonight we are holding on to the hope that Pierce's life is in Christ's hands and that He has brought Pierce this far and that He will carry him through. Please join us in praying for healing.
Lindsay, Nik and Pierce