Progress Report: Wednesday, Aug. 16
Truman had another good day. He hit a milestone today -- his first breastmilk. He was given 1 CC (about a fifth of a teaspoon) at noon. When they suctioned his stomach at 5 p.m., it was all gone, which meant his stomach was able to process it all. So, he got another CC at 5 p.m. They will continue to give him the milk in these small increments as long as he will tolerate it. This is a big step because he can't really grow until he can process breast milk.
He also did something very cute today that I was lucky enough to witness. He sucked his thumb. I'm not quite sure whether he got the whole thing in there or was just sucking on his knuckle, but he was quite vigorous about whichever portion he got.
His oxygen levels were pretty erratic today. His night nurse tonight said that becomes more common as the preemies get older and suffer a little more injury from the ventilator. Although their levels bounce around a lot, they can generally get themselves back on track in a few minutes without adjustments to their ventilators. I asked his doctor today about the long-term impact on his lungs from being born so early. He said that Truman could go home with some sort of oxygen or monitor, but that the most likely long-term effect is a higher risk of asthma.
Ben went back to work today. He said it was hard to concentrate, but it's time to return to some semblance of a normal life or at least our new definition of a normal life. He was able to alter his work schedule to 9 a.m. to 5:30 so that it's easier to make it home for dinner and an evening visit with Truman.
I plan to return to work on Monday and spend a couple of hours mid-day at the hospital as well as the evening visit with Ben. I know it will be hard not to spend more time with Truman, but like Ben, I also have to get back to a normal life until Truman comes home and he can be with Mom or Dad all the time.
As always, we appreciate your continued support and prayers,