Today's call from Dr. Roan brought some good news and some not-so-good news. The not-so-good news is that Jacob probably won't be ready to come home by Christmas. The good news is that the blood cultures they drew (a week ago) started showing growth, so they were able to determine what type of "cold" he has. It's an upper respiratory virus, which, like all viruses, there is no treatment. Dr. Roan said he is resolving the virus pretty well on his own. Because of the virus he will have to remain in the isolation room indefinitely- maybe even until he comes home. They don't want to take the chance of spreading the virus to others. So we are probably looking at sometime around the 1st of the year to bring him home. The main thing he needs to conquer still is bottle-feeding. This morning a speech therapist met with Brett and tried to feed Jacob with a new type of nipple. It has three different flow gages to allow Jacob to take more in without tiring out so quickly. He took just over half the bottle. They will continue to use the new nipple as he progresses.
I am a little disappointed that he won't be ready to come home for Christmas. I have to look at the upside of things though. He is doing very well, gaining weight, on minimal oxygen and hasn't had any spells in a while. I've been able to get through the last 99 days; I think I can handle 15 to 20 more! I thank God every single day for giving me the strength to get through this. He's amazing!