So, day three in the hospital.
We've gotten good news today:
1) The 48-hour cultures on all Blaise's tests came back negative, so we are just dealing with the virus; not nearly as serious or scary as a bacterial infection.
2) Blaise's bilirubin, which was borderline when we got here Thursday, started dropping after a day on the light blanket and has continued to drop at a very satisfactory rate.
3) Besides the cultures and the bilirubin levels, the only other requirement for us to go home is that Blaise be able to keep his oxygen levels up without assistance. We seem to be on the way there: he was needing 1.5 liters of oxygen this time yesterday, but is currently using only .5 liters, and was actually down to only .25 liters for most of the day today. I am cautiously optimistic that another couple nights will do it and we'll be going home by Monday or Tuesday.
All of you who have been thinking of and praying for us, thank you! I am sure it is making a difference. Not only is Blaise improving as quickly as could possibly be expected, but I am feeling better as well. Yesterday I could hardly get through an hour without bursting into tears; today I am coping [mostly] without crying at all.
I am still hating many moments of this - especially seeing my sweet tiny baby with tubes and wires - and I have not yet reached the point where I am able to understand or wring the blessing from this experience. I imagine that might not come for a while. But in the meantime God continues to sustain me minute by minute, and infant illnesses and postpartum hormones are nothing in the light of His abundant grace. Thanks be for that!
Please continue to pray and I will try to keep updating regularly.