Wiersma Family Blog

A glimpse into our lives as a family with micro-preemies. Our twins boys (Lovingly referred to as our Miracle Men) were born almost 16 weeks early.

Our journey continues when our son Max was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 3. This is his story....

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Just a short post

I just wanted to leave a short post to say that the boys continue to behave pretty well.  Their vent settings are fluctuating quite a bit, so it is safe to say that the "honeymoon phase" has passed.  They are still doing well, they just need minor adjustments from time to time.  Part of the reason they have a hard time keeping their breathing and vent settings stabilized is because their vent tubes are too narrow.  This causes what they call a "leak", which simply means that a portion of the pressure and oxygen they are being given via the ventilators is escaping, or leaking, before it gets to their lungs.  So, depending on their position (how they are laying), they can have small leaks or big leaks.  But, at the same time, they cannot stay in any one position for too long, or their heads will not be round later in life.  The boys tend to do their best when they are on their bellys because it allows for more lung expansion.  The breast milk feedings were doubled yesterday, and the boys tolerated that well, so we are encouraged that their digestive systems seem to be working properly.  Kate is healing very well too, and she has her 2-week follow-up appointment tomorrow, so we are praying that the doctors have nothing but good things to say.

I am feeling a little under the weather, so I am heading to bed...hope you all have a great night of sleep!!

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