Teeny Tiny Truman

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Truman Update: Tuesday, Sept. 26


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


Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found your blog through I-V a few weeks ago. It amazes me each day how he can become more beautiful. He is an amazing little boy and you are amazing parents. I will continue to pray and think of you.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Brian and Heather Tankersley said...

Wonderful, Wonderful! He looks great in the pictures. I know you are dying to hold him again so I will continue to pray for speedy recovery. We are hoping to be at the shower and hug your necks in person but until then! All our love!!!!!!

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Bonner said...

Truman,Kara,and Ben are an inspiration to all.You are in our prayers each day. "And God saw everything that he had made,and,behold,itwas very good" Genesis 1:31

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job, everybody, especially sweet Truman!


10:07 PM  
Anonymous Charlisa said...

Thank you, Lord Jesus!!! So great to hear the good news. Still praying in Palestine!

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben and Kara,

I am so glad to hear that Truman is doing well. I talked to your dad at the church the other day and he told me that Truman had a bad couple of days. Rachel and I have been thinking of you two. We are hoping to be at church when you two are there. As I am sure your dad has told you Rachel and I had a baby boy in May. Maybe they can play together someday. We will continue to pray for your family.

Daniel ( aka, Danny )

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that I heard about Truman on another message board. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

I so love the positive posts, and say extra prayers when he's having a rough day.

You are AMAZING. And so is Truman!

Best of luck to all of you!

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad to hear that Truman is doing better! He is a strong little boy and looks so cute in his recent pictures!! I will be praying he continues to do well!

-Mom to 28 weeker

12:28 PM  
Blogger Tasha said...

I got your blog from babycenter, and have been following Truman's progress- Our family is saying lots of prayers that Truman continues to do better and better, and that he grows bigger and stronger each day-

Many Hugs & Good Thoughts,

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truman is getting so big! We are glad that he is doing much better and that he is acting like his normal self again. As always we think about you three daily. We look forward to more great updates. Let us know if you need anything.
Jason and Cinda

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Aunt Kara and Uncle Ben,
Greetings and Salutations.
Violet talks about Truman frequently-- we had a pink rose/baby's breath flower arrangement recently and Violet decided that when its possible, Truman needed an arrangement of Baby's Breath Flowers... We think of the three of you often, and ya'll are always in our prayers.
Grandmommy keeps us up to date.
Much love, TRAE

8:30 PM  
Blogger FFF said...

Smiling babies are the best, involuntary or not. He knows when his mama and daddy are there!

I'm so happy hear that things are looking up. Keep eating, little Truman. Food gets a lot better when you grow up. You've got your mom's queso to look forward to!

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Kim said...

What wonderful news!! YAY Truman!

1:01 PM  
Blogger Ruth Rachel Vendsel said...

Praise the Lord for this great report. Keeping you in prayer,

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you so much for posting and updating this blog. I lost a baby at 18 weeks and its so wonderful to see your son pull thru agaist all odds. Please keep updating it as i check in every day to see how he is doing

10:47 AM  

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