Teeny Tiny Truman

This page is all about Truman, born Aug. 8, 2006 to Kara and Ben.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Truman is trying

Truman apparently heard everyone talking about surgery, and responded, "Not Yet!"

After a very scary night on Saturday, Truman re-stabilized Sunday. His ventilator settings are still high, but he got his 02 levels and blood pressure under control. He's back off the blood pressure medication again. Some of the distention in his stomach appears to have lessened (His abdomen is 1 cm smaller), and he appears to be less uncomfortable than he was.

He is also making some progress in slowly but surely getting the meconium out. He had a stool with the help of an enema, one on his own, and one with the help of the surgeon. It was the first time he passed anything more than a "smear." The doctors and nurses think he's still pretty plugged up, but he appears to be making small steps.

The surgeon had his consult just after 6 p.m. yesterday. He ruled out all the scary things -- like NEC (colitis) and any "mechanical" difficulties such as a large intestine that gets smaller in a spot rather than progressively larger (and would therefore continually create blockages until surgically corrected) -- and tried a more invasive, deeper enema than the nurses have that enabled Truman to pass some more meconium. Dr. Roden (the surgeon) said it was very sticky, which means it's probably too sticky for his sluggish little bowel to pass. Dr. Roden said he's going to come daily and give this more invasive enema for the time being and said no surgery is needed at this point.

So, Truman has bought himself some time and is making a little progress.

Thanks for all the prayers,
Kara

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poop, baby, poop! We're all cheering for you.

Steph (and the PHPC Young Couples class)

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want you to know that I have been checking for updates on little Truman every day and that everyone on Ivillage Dec06 Expecting Club is pulling for baby Truman. I hope he poops lots in the next couple of days.

Kelly (babyinlove9)

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for continuing to update us on Truman. You have a LOT of people from all over the country praying for this little guy and your family!!

9:58 AM  
Blogger JP said...

So glad to read this update today! We'll be praying for more poop. And Dr Roden is a phenomenal surgeon so Truman is in great hands!

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Jason and Kerri said...

Hey guys!
We're prayin for poop here, too! You are in great hands with Dr. Roden. I have cared for many of his patients and hold him in high regard. He will take good care of Truman.
Hoping for many poopy pants,
Kerri and Jason

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've also been "lurking" and watching Truman's progress. He's a tough little man and has so many people cheering for him! You can do it, Truman!

Megan
Ashland, OH

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

I've never prayed for poop so hard in my life.... Go, Truman!!!

Jennifer (from Babycenter Dec. '06 board)

9:37 PM  
Blogger Kya said...

Truman is trying and Truman WILL make it!!! There's so many people praying for him, I'm sure he'll grow up fast and leave all these days behind soon!

7:29 AM  
Blogger CharlisaRaye said...

We are praying for you in Palestine,TX. Hang in there Mommy and Daddy! Truman is in God's hands, even when you can't physically hold him!

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard about you from Ivillage Nov '06 expecting board. I'm happy to know that despite all the difficult times, Truman is doing good. I showed my husband Truman's pictures and we both think of your family often.

Would seem you have much of the country wishing you the best. We'll keep checking for updates and photos.

Routin for a poopin!

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard about you from Ivillage Nov '06 expecting board. I'm happy to know that despite all the difficult times, Truman is doing good. I showed my husband Truman's pictures and we both think of your family often.

Would seem you have much of the country wishing you the best. We'll keep checking for updates and photos.

Routin for a poopin!

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Patrick & Nancy Rodriguez said...

Kara,
You, your husband and especially Truman are in our prayers. Take care and Nancy said you were incredible for sending us that package.
Patrick

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi guys,

Another ivillager here from Dec 06'. I know a little bit about having a premmie in the nicu, but not a micro, so i can only imagine what you both are going through. All my familys prayers and thoughts are with you guys. Im prayin for Poop!! :) He'll pull through, he's been such a trooper!! He'll be writing on your walls in no time!
Melissa (Melissa884)

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi guys,

Another ivillager here from Dec 06'. I know a little bit about having a premmie in the nicu, but not a micro, so i can only imagine what you both are going through. All my familys prayers and thoughts are with you guys. Im prayin for Poop!! :) He'll pull through, he's been such a trooper!! He'll be writing on your walls in no time!
Melissa (Melissa884)

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lucky for Truman, he comes from a long line of excellent poopers. I guess genetics can play in your favor sometimes.

aunty suzanne

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

I heard about Truman on Friends of Allie. We just want you to know that we are praying for Truman and your family. Thank you for keeping us updated and for sharing him with us all!!

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't tell you how happy I am that you have been blessed to have little Truman fighting at such tender size! I pray your family is able to continue to manage well with the unbeliveable emotional roller coaster you are on!! He seems to be doing so great. I can't imagine how blessed you are, I am 19.5 weeks pregnant, and can't imagine delivering in just 3.5 weeks!

I wanted to ask if you can try to upload more recent pictures of the little star, he is so adorable!

12:37 AM  

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