We've now met with the pulmonary specialists and they've run some more tests. His x-ray is clear of pneumonia so that is a huge relief. It does show scarring on the lungs consistent to his BPD which is not a surprise and a little bit of fluid. They've also run cultures and fortunately everything has come back negative so far. The pulmonologist believes that he might have gotten a mild virus and it was enough to inflame his lungs. He continues to need oxygen still and we are hopeful that this will improve and we can get him home very soon. They are looking at his medicines and are increasing one of his pulmonary medications, and if that doesn't work they may start him on some diuretics.
We knew something wasn't quite right with him during this last week but we would have never guessed this. My heart breaks thinking we missed something along the way. We worried that something like this might happen, but we thought we'd at least get further into the season. Right now we are just taking things a day at a time and we are just so thankful that Alex doesn't seem to be uncomfortable, except for the occasional swipe at the tubes up his nose, but who can blame him there. Mark and I are taking turns spending the day and night with Alex while the other is with Nicholas. As if we weren't nervous enough, we are now extra conscious of trying to keep Nicholas protected and pray that whatever is going on with Alex can be spared his brother. We would be very grateful for continued prayers.