Grace is still moving forward despite all of her obstacles, she is now on a rate of 16 and oxygen is still at 35%. When we walked in we were surprised to see the wound vac on her chest--we were told that was a possible option to help her chest heal. Hopefully, the wound vac will work properly and quickly and our little Gracie's wounds will get better and look better. Last night when we were visiting her chest did look terrible--almost like the skin was eroding away. Our nurse this morning told us that by using the vac we are hopefully preventing the need for a skin graft.
Gracie is also completely off her dopamine and epinephrine (they are used to help with blood pressure mostly) and maintaining great blood pressure and heart rate numbers for her. She also started her continuous feeds, currently she only gets about 1 ounce over the course of 24 hours. Hopefully she will tolerate the breast milk well enough seeing that its about one of the few things I can do for my sweetie right now :)
All of these steps have worn my baby out, Jason and I were with her for about 4 hours and she slept the entire time. The only chance we had to see her beautiful eyes was when her vitals were being taken and we changed her diaper. She would let us know she wasn't happy by scrunching up her little face and breathing at a higher frequency, then withing minutes she would roll her eyes back into her head, shut them, and be out. But she deserves to just rest and relax.