Truman Update: Tuesday, Sept. 26
CURRENT WEIGHT: 2 LBS, 4.5 OUNCES
CURRENT LENGTH: 14.25 INCHES
It appears that Truman is all better. He looks good, his vital signs are good, and the infection appears to be gone. His ventilator settings have been turned down to pressure support only, and there's a rumor he'll be extubated straight to C-PAP today.
We haven't gotten to resume kangaroo care because he has an arterial line in. Once that's out, we'll be back to holding our little one. The line might be pulled today, but they may wait until after a round of lab work scheduled for tomorrow morning.
His bilirubin levels are back up a little. Dr. Nama thinks it's from use of TPN which can cause liver damage over time. So, he added an IV medication to help with that called phenobarbitol. Truman is currently on 10 CCs of breast milk, which Dr. Nama said is about half way to full feeds. Once he reaches "full" feeds, the TPN will be stopped. Dr. Nama thought that would be within the next 10 days or so.
Truman gave us a big show on Sunday night. He was wide awake for about an hour and 45 minutes while we were there. His eyes were wide open. He was looking all around, wriggling around on his bed, and waving his arms. He even smiled a few times. Yes, we know it was probably involuntary, but it was adorable none the less.
--Ben & Kara