Emma turned three weeks old on Sunday. She is still doing very well. As of today, they have lowered her ventilator settings to 35 which means she is only getting 35 breaths a minute and she is having to breath on her own. She continues to be around 22 to 25 percent oxygen. (22% is room air). GOD IS GREAT!! Her PDA is still open, but the doctors are focusing on getting her off the ventilator right now. Her PDA is not causing her any issues and if it does, they will evaluate what they will need to do next.
Emma Claire is also getting 12 cc every 3 hours of breast milk/formula. They are still fortifying it to 28 calories which is helping her gain weight. She has been around 1 lb 9 ounces (710 grams), but you can tell she is beginning to get a little 'fatter'
Eventhough she made her appearance a lot sooner than we expected and for those of y'all who know me personally, I am completely 'Type A' and lilke to have everything happen in an organized fashion, God has been so gracious and awesome. I know he is there every step of our journey and I constantly feel his comfort and peace every step of the way. We know all blessing come from God and Emma Claire is truly one of those blessings.
Please continue to pray her PDA will not cause her any issues and we know God will close the PDA when the timing is right. I am reminded of a bible study we did at church with our women's group about Esther and God's PERFECT TIMING. We think things ought to happen in our time, but God's timing is perfect and that is what I believe about her PDA being closed. Also, continue to pray for her as they are weaning her off the ventilator and everything will be a smooth transition during this process.
1 Peter 2:9 ~ But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light~