Thank you to everyone who is praying for little Caine. After many days that felt like one step forward, two steps back, it was hugely encouraging to finally get more good news than bad today! Last night was a very rough night, but today was better. His parents and doctors are cautiously optimistic that he has turned a corner and finally on the mend.
Caine is still in the PICU (pediatric ICU), but the doctors have been gradually reducing his oxygen flow and he seems to be tolerating it well so far. Once he gets low enough, he can be moved back to the pediatric ward where they can work on weaning him off entirely so he can go home.
The IV in his head seemed to be causing a lot of pain so they took it out today. His parents got to hold him finally, probably the highlight of the day for everyone. :) The nurses weren’t able to get the IV back in, but that seems to be a good thing: instead, they ran a tube into his stomach and he was finally able to take some of the milk his mom has faithfully pumped by his bedside for the last 8 days. This was his first feeding in over 3 days because aspiration (inhaling the milk into his lungs) was a big concern.
More good news: his most recent chest x-ray shows that the congestion in his lungs seems to be breaking up. This means he can begin the long process of healing from the damage caused by RSV. Also, his fever is gone and white blood count is normal (I think), so concerns about an infection or spinal meningitis seem to be allayed.
Please pray that he will continue to improve, that his blood gases will remain stable as they reduce the oxygen flow, and that he can continue to receive feedings via the tube. Please also pray that the doctors and other caretakers would have wisdom and compassion, and that God would grant Caine’s parents and three brothers peace, patience, and wisdom as they adapt their plans to Caine’s current situation.