Over the next several days his heart rate kept dipping and his O2 sats were dropping as well. He had another few markers in his lab work that showed he may have an infection, so they started antibiotics and searched for another spot to put an IV into an artery to draw his blood gases from. They tried one in the foot and it failed. Lincoln's veins are so tiny and it is extremely tough to find space to put a line into. So they ended up doing a PIC line in his neck, which worked out well, but is painful for me to look at. He has been on antibiotics for 3 days and it looks like things are getting better.
They had to intubate him again to give his lungs a rest for a few days and to let his heart rate recover and last night Lincoln had had it and he coughed and yanked the breathing tube out. He is one strong little 3 pound boy.
He has even gained a little weight --even though he isn't getting my milk, he is still getting nutrition that is made specifically for his needs. I think he may even be getting chubbier cheeks:):)
Today they had to put another IV in and they could not find a spot, so they put it in his scalp and even though it looks not so pleasant, they say it is a good line, which I am thankful for. Through all of this he manages to be the sweetest, most amazing little guy in the world. And most importantly he LOVES his binky and he can really suck amazingly well!
This is what keeps me busy most the day- pumping to keep up my milk supply for
the little guy when he is ready to eat.