Blake Aaron Born at 12:19 pm, 7 lbs 1 oz, 20.5 inches
Bowen Michael Born at 12:29 pm, 7 lbs 3 oz, 20 inches
Just 25 hours after birth, Jamie and Bowen headed for home with Grandma Jo. They are there with Jenna and Brody and doing well.
Blake on the other hand has continued on his roller coaster. After being taken directly to the NICU in Des Moines after birth, he was transported to Iowa City early Saturday morning. Aaron left a few hours later to go and be with Blake at the NICU at U of Iowa Children's Hospital.
This is his story. After birth he had a pneumothorax (more or less a lung collapse because air is escaping outside of lung and doesn't allow it to inflate fully) in his left lung. Since then he has had three more on his right lung. So far, the method to remove that air has been sticking a needle in to remove it. If it doesn't stop they will put a breathing tube in his side to allow for it it to just escape regularly so the lung can continue to fill.
Once we have that stable then we can move on to the bigger issues with the bladder and kidneys. Right now he is producing urine but according to numbers we aren't sure how much blood is actually being cleaned by the kidneys. The bladder is being drained by a catheter but there might be other issues higher up that still isn't allowing the kidneys to drain fully.
Many of the tests can't be done until the lung issue is fixed because they are afraid to transfer him out of his little oxygen dome. All of his vitals are good but the kidney/bladder issues look to be long term care but we just don't know much until we can get some more test results.
Visitors so far have included Grandpa Frank and Sara, Danielle, and Emily Morgan.
Please keep Blake in your prayers and I (Aaron, since I have the computer with me) will try to keep this updated with photos and progress being made.