It's been 49 hours since they put Ezekiel's chest tube in... so we have 23 hours left until this "critical" stage is over. I think I forgot to mention this in my last post, but when they put his chest tube in, they told us that he had a good chance of dying within the next 72 hours. !!!!!!!! They said it was very important for nothing else to go wrong. He was at the ceiling of his ventilator settings and so if something were to go wrong, there were no more knobs to turn up.... we had a few scary moments yesterday. BUT THANKFULLY he is having a really good night tonight!! I just got back from the hospital and all night long his oxygen saturation level (how much oxygen he is getting in his bloodstream) was very high (94-100%) and they had to continually turn his oxygen level on the ventilator down--- now instead of the ventilator being set at 100% oxygen (that being one of the "ceilings" that made things so scary) it is down to 70-80%. Just fyi, the normal air we breathe has 21% oxygen. I don't know if all that made sense, but it means that he is getting past this risky stage. He is still very sick and on a LOT of crazy drugs... but he is getting better. I know he will be alright. Pray for his lungs-- his right lung is colapsed. They said in his last x-ray that it is starting to look a little better. The combination of his premature lungs (which they call lung disease. Acutally they call his lung disease "bronco pulmonary displasia", or bpd... which just means severe cronic lung disease) and pneumonia and the air pocket/chest tube is a lot for him to deal with. But they said they are amazed at how well the rest of his body is doing... they said that if you don't look at his lungs you would never know he is sick-- nothing else at all is wrong, everything else is very healthy. I know there are so soo many people praying, especially today, and I can see a huge difference not only in Ezekiel's health but also in me. I don't feel like I'm going to throw up all the time now. I was literally unable to sleep because of anxiety that made me feel sick all the time.
Speaking of sleep, it is very late. I mean early. So I am off to bed. :) Thank you Jesus for helping Ezekiel so much today.