My wife and I thank you deeply for the generous words of encouragement. Vedder is now off the ventilator and is about 3/4 of his way thru 2 weeks of no food by mouth. Vedder is a real fighter, and thus far he has not needed emergency surgery. The plan is to feed him very small amounts and observe his intestines for any necrotic sections. If these sections are present they will need surgical resection. Please continue the prayer chain.
Vedder has begun feeding again (1 teaspoon) every 6 hours. Not much but you have to start somewhere. If tolerated the amount will be increased daily.
The hospital has a great music therapy program. We made him a compilation of PJ ballads, and most of the into the wild LP that plays quietly on repeat in the NICU.
My wife and I appreciate all of the well wishes and prayers. I have found it very therapeutic to vent in the message pit.
Keep Vedder & Winter on your wishlist a little longer.