I am going to quote her updates from Facebook strating with the first one this morning:
Just got a call from the doctor, Harrison isn't doing very well. Last night they put him through a lot...his umbilical IV was too close to his liver so they had to take that out and poke him several times to get a PICC line in. Then they had to reintubate him as the ventilator tube was too high. Around 2am he pulled it out. So now he is back on the oscillator and basically being sedated/paralyzed because he is fighting it. I am so worried about him, I am beside myself. Headed to the NICU now...
Basically he wasn't responding to their efforts, but they finally got him somewhat stable on the ventilator. There are lots of variables and several things going on.....bleeding in the lungs, air outside the lungs, brain bleed and heart murmur, possible infection. Everything is related to the lungs so it is a balancing act. Any one of the issues above could be treated individually but all at once is difficult.
Then later this afternoon we had this more encouraging report:
Harrison has finally shown a little improvement after having to hand pump oxygen then switching up ventilators. For some reason he just hadn't responded to anything. But now he has some bleeding in his lungs, which they are assuming is from his heart PDA, a valve that hasn't properly closed due to prematurity. He is no longer having to be paralyzed but is still being kept on morphine. The room is ...quiet and they are trying to keep things calm so he will stabilize. Still has chest tube for the pneumothorax in his right side and he's now accumulated pockets of air in his lungs. He still has a heart murmur and we are hoping none of this has caused his brain bleed to worsen. He's also getting a blood transfusion to make up for all that he's lost from getting it drawn for tests. Tomorrow we find out more about the PDA and they will follow up on the brain bleed with another ultrasound. Thank you SO much for the prayers, we are trusting Him to lead us all through this.
Then at 3:00 this afternoon......
Needless to say this has been the hardest day ever.
Amber and Mike barely leave the pod. They have a room at the Ronald McDonald House which is right down the hall for tonight. It is a comfort to them to be able to stay close to all the babies but especially Harrison at this time.
'The Husband's' (I love how she refers to Mike in that manner!) brother brought them fresh clothing and some food this evening so they do not have to make a running trip home and back. Thank goodness for family who live in town!
Harrison has an in house team of doctors and his own individual nurse keeping watch. They are doing an amazing job. Of course, Harrison is an amazing baby boy and is a fighter just like his parents!
Amber and Mike are staying strong for their babies and appreciative of the outpouring of support and prayers for their quad squad!
I will close with a picture of them as they took comfort in holding two of their girls.
Thank you for every single prayer for them! The World of Blog and Facebook has been THE best prayer chain EVER!
*Updated at 9:00 pm Sunday night......
Also Logan - who is the smallest! - is taking in the most at her feedings! She is now up to 22 cc's!!! As concerned as we all are about Harrison - it is such a blessing the girls are doing so well.