Zach had his respirator removed last night, Praise God!! He also had his catheter removed, and is on virtually no pain meds, dealing with everything on his own. This morning was VERY positive and the outlook was great. The picture above is how he looked when we saw him this morning, what a handsome guy!! When we stopped by before lunch to see the little guy things had changed slightly. The nurse said he had two "fairly significant" episodes where he was "forgetting" to breath. So to ensure things would not get any worse they hooked him up to a CPAP, a machine that has two tubes that deliver air and slight pressure through his nose to help him breath a little easier by lessening the amount of force Zach has to use to fill his lungs with air. The respirator did the breathing for him, the CPAP is only used to help, it's still up to him to do all the respiring, which is really good. The more he can do on his own the better. Shortly after they had him hooked up he returned to his usual restful state, and all of his vitals returned to good levels. We call him our little fighter and by the looks of these pictures he just finished up a 12 round bout. His face and hands are petty swollen from having his little tush elevated, so all the fluids are draining down to his head area. He's still fighting, still improving, and still amazing.
Dr. Wilkinson (Dr. Handler's partner) just stopped by our room and updated us on Zachary. Things are looking good and he seems to have pretty good movement in his legs. It looks like Friday morning will be the day they flip him over to his back and hopefully we can hold him!! We were hoping for tomorrow, but we'll just wait out one more day. Hopefully once he is onto his back the fluids can flow back down from his head and he can come off of the CPAP, so pray for that! Kimmie is being discharged tomorrow, so now a new chapter begins with us having to commute down to the hospital daily to see him. We're keeping up with our visiting/pumping/eating/resting schedule and we'll continue for the rest of his stay here. He is a true blessing and we're so excited to have him finally in the world!! Love to you all - Brian + Kimmie