Nicholas has his hernia repair today. This is supposed to be a fairly simple and routine procedure, but of course with our child it wasn't it. His hernia on the left side was really big and the surgeon said it was unusual because the intestine was stuck in the hernia sack. He said it was complicated to get out but he got it and everything is fine. He has an incision on each side in the crease where his legs met his pelvic area. He was also circumcised and his man area looks like it hurts. Poor guy. Another day in the life of Nicholas, nothing is normal or easy. The good news is he is already off the ventilator and back on Vapotherm. He was on the vent of 6 hours and after he woke up he was breathing over it and has a very good blood gas so they decided to extubate him. He looked a lot happier without the tube down his throat. He is already back to making his noises and facial expressions. He is at 4 liters of flow right now and they will wean him back down soon. They also plan on starting feeds again tomorrow.
Nicholas also had Grandma and Grandpa visit from Chicago this week. They both held him along with Grandma Matthews. We also found out Nicholas likes being sung to. Grandma Terri sang to him and he stopped fussing and his sats went way up. I'm going to have to learn all the lullabies and he will have to get over me being tone deaf and off key.
Another step closer to coming home. Please pray for a fast recovery and that his breathing and bottle feeding improve.