Teeny Tiny Truman

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

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Truman's First Thursday

Truman had a very good day today. He managed to get completely off of blood pressure medication. Sometimes his pressure still climbed a little high when he would get fidgety, but he was fighting low pressure before. One time while his mom was with him, his blood pressure got a little high, but the nursing staff asked Kara to hold his head and feet to soothe him. That did just the trick for our little guy. One of the good things about getting off the blood pressure medication is that he may be able to start trying out a little breast milk in a feeding tube before too long.

He spent most of the day with only room air on his ventilator, but he gradually had to have a little more oxygen by nightfall. Part of that was due to all the things that get done to him each day at 8 p.m., like being weighed, having tubes changed, and tape pulled off and reapplied. Part is due to something called a PDA, which is a problem for all preemies, particularly micropreemies like him. It means that a small valve between his heart and lungs has not closed. He will have a scan Friday morning to see how the duct looks and to decide what the treatment game plan is. If it is very small, he will most likely be able to handle it without treatment. If it is small, they will try treatment with a drug that is supposed to cause the hole to close. If it's bigger, he will have a minor surgical procedure done sometime over the next few weeks where a clamp will be inserted to close the duct. Although the PDA will probably require some treatment, it is something that all preemies (and some full term babies) face.

Truman gained weight today. He is now 1 lb, 6 oz. And, he processed a lot of flood today (he had three diaper changes in one hour), so that's probably real weight gain rather than just fluid retention.

So far, so good. More to come tomorrow.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Truman's Aunt Amy said...

I've had a couple people ask how they can leave a message. If you want to leave Kara and Ben a comment, click here on the "comments" button. I'm sure they'd love to know all the people out there who are pulling for and praying for Truman.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben and Kara,
We're praying for you and Tiny Truman. He is so very fortunate to have parents, family, and friends that love him so much! We will be thinking of you!
Kerri and Jason

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth Moss said...

Kara and Ben:
I heard about all of you from a friend of mine here in Sulphur Springs. Last June my husband and I had a baby at 23 weeks also. I remember too well how trying and exhausting and frustrating it is and will continue to be for you. However, God is faithful, and your doctors and nurses are His hands in this, and they are good. I'm amazed at how my son has done and continues to do in spite of the odds and speculation. Truman will amaze you too. I am and will continue to pray for all of you.

Elizabeth Moss

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben and Kara,
We are glad that Truman is doing so well. We are thinking about you guys!
Jason and Cinda

5:44 PM  
Blogger Brian and Heather Tankersley said...

Hey guys, we are so pleased to hear that everyone is holding there own. It sounds like Truman is a fighter! I know he has already cleared several hurdles and that it may seem like there are so many yet to come but be faithful! Know that every day is a victory. Claim tomorrows victories in your thoughts and prayers! We will continue to follow the progress and continue to pray for everyone involved in Truman's care and life. All our love!
The Brian Tankersley Family

6:44 PM  

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