Micah had a good night last night. They supplemented his epidural with a bit of acetaminophen because he was showing signs of pain. It will be a few more days before they remove the epidural. He is still under the bili light and blanket under him due to jaundice. It will take a bit more time for that to be removed than normal just because of his intestines not moving yet (due to surgery), and that's the primary way the body removes biliruben. He still has the nasal oxygen running, but it's atmospheric level. They're keeping it on for another day or so just because it forces some oxygen into him.
We met with a cardiologist today and she told us that his heart defect is "balanced." So nothing should need to happen before his surgery other than medication. They're hoping he can make it to 4-6 months of age so that he'll be bigger (easier to operate on a larger heart/baby). But overall, it's very good news from a heart perspective.
His EEG came back normal (there was some concern he might be having seizures, but he isn't). Praise God!
Our next step is to wait. His small bowel has never functioned before, so until it starts working, we can't feed him anything (he is receiving nutrition through a PIC line). Then we'll be working with him to teach him how to eat. The estimate is still about 4 weeks in the NICU. Please pray that his intestines will get working quickly.
Our current plan is for Mark to remain in Milwaukee with me through Sunday and get back to work on Monday. We think it would be difficult to have Nathan stay at the Ronald McDonald House with us until I'm able to get myself up overnight without needing assistance getting out of the bed (due to the c-section, I still have a decent amount of pain and my abdominal muscles aren't strong enough to pull my own self out of bed). So we're playing it by ear for next week. I'll need my mom with me at the House regardless of what we do with Nathan. Please pray for my healing as well.
We so appreciate all of your prayers, friends. God is truly working through Micah's life!