Teeny Tiny Truman

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

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Illness Update: September 16

As of 2 p.m., Truman's blood cultures haven't grown anything yet (after about 17 hours), but they won't declare him negative for infection until 48 hours have passed. He's got a lot of yellow mucus build-up in his nose and throat, so it looks like there probably is an infection or at least he was starting to get one that may have been caught early. His chest x-ray today also shows fluid around his lungs, so they gave him a diruetic to help him urinate off the excess fluid.

He also looks a little pale. He had a big apnea/Brady episode while we were there, but after they suctioned his nose, he did a lot better and pinked up a little more. We're hoping that the 48-hour antibiotic course will be enough of a boost to fight past this infection.

His feeds are still going well. He's up to 10 CCs, which is 2 1/4 ounces a day. He actually lost about 5 grams yesterday, but still comes in at 2 lbs, 1 ounce.



Anonymous Maggie said...

PP&T's to Truman! Sarah had a similar incident with an infection in her lungs? They started her on a couple types of antibiotics, changed her diuretics (for her lungs) and she got much better. I'm sending Truman the same vibes as Sarah!

Maggie (IV Preemies)

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Ali Sluis said...

A friend from the Preemie board on Babycenter forwarded me your blog. It sounds like you have a strong little guy! I know how hard the NICU experience is and am sending many positive thoughts your way.

My little guy was born at 28 weeks (so a month later than yours). He had a grade 3 bleed and developed hydrocephalus. He is now 3 1/2 and although he has had to have a number of shunt revisions he is extremely smart and not delayed in any way.

Miracles do happen! These little babies amaze and NICU care keeps improving each year making the long-term odds better and better. I wish you and your family all the best.


8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi someone posted your blog link on the website I go on "bounty" and Ive been following your amazing story and journey ever since..just wanted to send my best wishes to you and your family and a (((hug))) for Truman x

8:05 AM  
Blogger Ally A. said...

Hi there! I am also from the Babycenter preemie parenting board & found your blog. It sounds like Truman is doing great!

My son Cruz had a grade III bleed on both sides so the docs gave us the scary talk about what may happen in the future, however, he is now 10 months adjusted and is doing great! No signs of any problems related to the bleed. Statistics are statistics but Truman is going to do what Truman wants to do. So positive thoughts & prayers are going out to you guys & your tough little guy!

Please come by our Preemie Parenting board on Babycenter & check us out! Even if only to lurk & read posts--we have some really positive stories & we all have been there.

Hang in there--Truman will be home in your arms soon! In the meantime try to take care of yourselves. And SLEEP! Because he will be waking you up crying sooner than you know!!


9:36 AM  
Blogger Michelle Blackmon said...

Still keeping up with T's progress! I can't believe how much he's changed! Except for all the tubes, he looks like any other newborn (even though he is a month old). I can't wait to talk to Paula about getting to hold him! I hope she can talk and smile at the same time! We will continue to lift you, Truman, and the medical staff up in our prayers. God couldn't have picked a better family for Truman!

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't know me, but I have to comment. I friend send me a link to Teeny Tiny Truman-I start a new job tonight as a special care nursery nurse. I have also had the pleasure of taking care of a micropreemie 11 years ago-his name is PV (Paul Whitin V) he was also born at 23 weeks, he weighed 1lb 8oz. Reading about Truman and seeing his pictures has brought back many memories. Truman is a beautiful boy-and he is in one of the best NICUs in the country-he is in great hands! And he is a little fighter! I know that you are in for many long days and nights, but as I can see, you are doing great- I send you my thoughts and prayers- keep up the strong fight little one- Blessings-Sara

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Mia said...

Hi there!

My name is Mia, and I run Chicken Little Preemie Wear at www.ChickenLittlePreemie.com. I've been following Truman's story and rooting for your little man!

I was hoping you'd allow me to send Truman some preemie items -- free of charge, of course. Please drop me an email at accounts@chickenlittlepreemie.com and I'll hook you guys up!

Very best, Mia

1:41 PM  

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