Saturday, April 5, 2008


Sorry for not posting yesterday. Last night Mikan weighed 2 lbs. and 14 ounces. This is a good significant decrease from Thursday. Much of the loss is apparently attributable to the diuretic Lasik. Hopefully, this decrease in fluid retention will help his chronic lung condition. But as of Saturday evening, there hasn't been any progress. His vent rate is still 35 breathes per minute and his oxygen needs are around 50-60%. His excrement is still testing positive for blood. The doctor thinks this is simply a false positive test for infection, based on Mikan tolerating his feeds and remaining active. We are in a state of waiting for his lungs to heal and work more normally. All we can do is give him the best nutrition possible and wait. In a week and a half, we will have the option of steroids. Steroids at this point are proven to have long term neurological side effects.

Today another 28 week at birth baby got off the ventilator at 29 weeks. We're not sure how we should break this news to Mikan. My competitive juices started flowing we I saw the other kid's ventilator being removed.

Grandma and Grandpa Gensic visited on Friday with the McCoy kids. Saturday the whole McCoy family visited. We played some football at the College Football Hall of Fame.

We send congratulations to Sam and Jess on the birth of their new baby Evelyn Hazelda Gensic.

Jim Nance (it's not the Masters) and Billy Packer (I'm in love with the ACC) should not do the Final Four. Any other Billy Packer hater's out there?


Jan Bly said...


Thank you dear Lord for this most precious gift of life. We are so grateful for the unfailing strength and wisdom that you have given to this new family. amen

Aunt Deb said...

"Good things come to those who wait" He will do it, a week and a half is a long time in a 28 weekers life. I don't think you will have to make a decision about steroid use. He just wants you to see who is in charge!!!!