Wednesday, October 19, 2011

One Day Old

Jordan is now one day old - and what a day it was! We were told to take it day-by-day, hour-by-hour, but nothing could truly prepare us for this. What we have learned today is that Jordan is very sensitive to every little change they make. His stats have been up and down all day.

They are doing everything they can to keep his environment controlled. For example, we can't talk on cell phones, he wears ear muffs to block background noise, the lights are dimmed and we haven't been able to provide his oral care. He is on the highest level of support they can give without moving him to ECMO.

The issue is that the pulmonary hypertension is causing a backflow of blood into his right ventricle. This causes a swelling of the right ventricle into the left ventricle - this is called shunting. The trick is to find the right balance of supporting the heart and the lungs because they work together - treatment of one affects the other.

Grandma and Grandpa Legleiter have been a huge help. They helped Grandma LaFond and Caleb move into the Ronald McDonald House. Everyone got to see baby Jordan as well today. We are able to take one visitor in at a time. Even Caleb got to visit him. He was a super big brother by being very polite and quiet.

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