Well, I think the Mattie “come home soon” clock just might start ticking. Mattie has been transitioning over to the home ventilator. He needs to be stable on that for about 2 weeks before we can come HOME! (At least that is my understanding.) The home vent RT folks came by today and worked really hard on adjusting his settings and getting him to be comfortable. Good progress!
This is the home vent (in the foreground). The hospital ventilator is in the background. They frequently tell us, “The hospital vent is like a Ferrari, and the home vent is like a Ford Pinto.”
John and I, along with John’s mom, took our trach care class yesterday. John and I have both done trach care and trach changes quite a few times, and are very comfortable with it, but we are so glad to have John’s mom receiving training as well.
And the boy is amazing! We can hardly wait for him to be HOME! His room is getting put together: painted, crib up, changing table ready, and comfy rocker/recliner all ready for snuggle time. He’s growing so and developing well, but we are certain he will THRIVE even more at HOME! He is 12 1/2 lbs now, and wearing 9 month clothing (which is only slightly big on him). The newest development is that we have seen signs of teething. Isabelle was totally bent out of shape about this and declared, “This is so wrong, he’s reaching all these milestones, and we’re missing it! This is just not fair.” (She refers to the fact no one under 18 is allowed in the NICU due to RSV/Flu season.)
So hurry up and come home, Sweet Boy.
(We have moved kiddos around, and bedrooms are a little tighter. We are praying and trusting the Lord for the finances to move forward with the home renovations. We have lots of volunteers laborers ready to go! And we know that HE IS FAITHFUL to provide for all of our needs! He is a good, good Father! Speaking of good Father, our new VAN is here, and we would like to THANK each and every one of you who gave to make the become a reality!)