The good news -- Nixie is getting her breast milk feedings again! They started her this morning, and so far they haven't seen any residual (undigested milk). Hopefully that means her little belly is feeling better. And, it is looking like her infection might be going away. We will find out tomorrow for sure, but it looks like her antibiotics are working.
The bad news -- we got some tough news that involves a decision on our part. Phoenix's lungs are showing signs of inflammation from being on the ventilator so long, which poses some formidable risks. Our doctor suggested that her lungs look like they are on their way to developing BDP (bronchopulmonary dysplasia), which can involve chronic lung disease, mechanical dependency or even death. She could outgrow BDP symptoms, or it could be pretty bad. His suggestion? Give her a steroid called dexamethasone. Unfortunately, this drug has some potential side effects -- it is an immunosuppressant, so that would make her very sensitive to infection. And the long term side effects could affect her brain and her growth.
Since the ideal window for administering dexamethasone ends at 14 days, we really need to make the decision by tomorrow.
But here is what we want instead: we want miraculous healing of her lungs by tomorrow (meaning she could get taken off her ventilator) so that we don't have to choose the lesser of two evils.
Go read Genesis 18:16-33 (click here). Seriously, go read it.
That passage makes me a firm believer in audacious prayer; I believe God wants us to ask great and impossible things. We could easily ask you to pray against side effects from the steroid, but why not ask more of God? He has proven Himself capable! By the end of Genesis 18, Abraham realized how much the response of God depended on his own willingness to ask boldly.
So be bold in prayer with us, and ask for her healing!
Here is the deal -- "If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"