Thursday, April 9, 2009

One Year Anniversary!

Today, one whole year ago, Dakin was released from Baylor Our Children's House to come home!! I can't believe it's been an entire year. He has changed so much!
  • When we got home, Dakin was on breathing treatments every 4 hours, now we're every 8.
  • Dakin had a feeding tube, and now it's out (at least for the moment....)
  • He was almost 13 lbs on release, now he's 22.
  • I'm not sure how much he has grown, but it seems at least a foot and a half...
  • When we got home, we had to wear a pulse oximeter all the time. Now, it's just when he sleeps.
  • Vent settings were at a breathing rate of 12, PEEP of 7, pressure control of 20, and pressure support of 18(I think). Now he's only on a rate while asleep, his PEEP is at 5, PC is off except when he's asleep, and his PS is at 13!!

Now, we have lost some ground--he can't sit up independently anymore and he has muscle weakness, BUT I think we should focus on the positive. Respiratorily, he is doing amazingly. He is getting stronger with breathing every day.

Oh, this is also our day to celebrate an entire year of being hospitalization free!! (Though I have to admit he was in for a few days for an abcess, but here in East Texas they freak out when they see a baby on a ventilator, so they hospitalized him. But it doesn't count!)

We love you so much, Dakin! We are hoping for another whole year hospital free!!

10 comments:

Sky said...

ya for being home and doing so good!!!! Keep it up little man!!!!

Junior said...

Way to go Dakin, keep up the good work

Greek Goddess said...

Hurray. Those are good things. The muscles can be worked on. Congrats on a successful year.

The Barnharts said...

how awesome for you guys!

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

What a milestone. Those are definitely things to celebrate. You are a fantastic mother. He's lucky you're his.

Victoria Strong said...

A YEAR -- and no hospitalizations!!! This is an enormous accomplishment. This is a testament to the amazing care Dakin receives from his loving parents and the enormous strength of your sweet little guy.

April said...

What a wonderful mile-stone! Congratulations to both of you :)

Monica English said...

Wow, a whole year without a hospital stay. Is it selfish to say I'm really jealous? It's so fun to look at all the progress he's made, especially since we only discovered Dakin several months ago. He's such a darling.

Keri said...

Definitely news worthly! Glad to hear he is getting better with breathing every day. He's a strong little man! That makes me super duper happy!

brantley said...

You guys are doing an amazing job Devon!! Congrats on such a success!