Well, one thing we are learning about this girl is that she always changes plans. Early this morning Faith pulled out her ventilator tube (yes, again). Since re-intubating her causes more swelling, they decided to try her in an oxygen hood. This is the equivalent of a nasal cannula. It is like a big plastic bubble that surrounds her head. It provides humidity, which will help her breathe better than just the nasal cannula (as it is very dry here in Colorado). It is apparent that she is having a hard time breathing, which they are treating with nebulizers, etc. We were a little nervous when we saw her off of the vent, but are staying positive. It would be a miracle if Faith could stay off of the vent for good!
The doctors are concerned that Faith is not growing up to par (compared to other babies born at her gestation). She was already a small baby for her gestation when she was born (she was about the size of a 23 weeker) but now she is not keeping up with the "norm" of babies born at her birth weight- they call this the growth curve. It is important that she keep up because of brain development. They have upped the calories in her fortified breast milk to compensate for her slow weight gain.
Well that's it for now- very interesting couple of days! Let's pray that this is a turning point for Faith.
Brian and Jen