|Jordan on ECMO - 5 days old
The difference today from yesterday is that the ECMO machine can be adjusted to fit Jordan's needs. It is doing the work of the exchange so that he doesn't have to. They have also added an EEG (electroencephalogram) to measure his brain waves. Since Jordan is on so many relaxants, they would be unable to tell if he is having seizures. The EEG can measure to make sure he is responding to the ECMO machine successfully.
Jordan is CHOP's 938th ECMO patient. They have been performing ECMO since May 5, 1990. As you can see from the picture, the machine is a little overwhelming; especially for parents of a newborn. You can actually see the blood exit Jordan's body and then get reinserted after oxygenation. He has been stimulated enough today that we got to see his eyes a couple times. Those are pretty emotional and exciting moments that we are thankful for.
Praise God that he has responded well to the treatment so far. ECMO is a one and done deal unfortunately. Once they come off of ECMO, they cannot go back on - it is the last resort. It is important that the timing works in his favor. They are thinking that he may be on ECMO for at least 4 to 7 days - just depending on how the week progresses.