Teeny Tiny Truman

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

Monday, October 09, 2006

A Huge Step: On the canula!

WEIGHT: 2 LBS, 9 OUNCES
LENGTH: 14.5 INCHES

Truman made a very big step on his two-month birthday yesterday -- he graduated from the C-PAP machine to a nasal canula. A nasal canula is simply an oxygen tank like what you see people on oxygen carry around with them. The oxygen setting is at room air, and the air flow on his canula is set at a pressure of 1.5 out of a maximum of about 2.0. They considered weaning the flow some during the morning rounds today, but since he is so new on canula, they decided to wait a little longer. He's doing wonderfully on the canula, often high-satting. He's had a few de-sats, but only very small ones that he recovers from without adjustment on his oxygen levels. He also seems to be much happier without the huge prongs in his nose, and we're happy that his face is no longer obscured by velcro straps or tape, just clear little tubes over his ears. The canula is the last step before coming off all respiration assistance, but it generally takes a long time to move completely off. Some babies go home with a canula.

He did not grow yesterday, but he didn't gain either. He grew a quarter inch last week. We are really hoping he hits a growth spurt or at least picks up the pace soon or we are going to be in for a very long haul in NICU. However, there were hints last night that he's getting close to moving to the South Hall (the feeder grower nursery).

Truman had his first baby shower yesterday and received many generous and wonderful gifts. We really appreciate the love and support from all those from our home church in Lubbock who threw the shower for him. As I said many times during the shower (yes, it was my first time away from him), after all the sadness and mourning that accompanies a premature birth, it was time to celebrate the birth of our beautiful little boy.

--Kara

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope he does good with it.. I am in the same situation as you.. I had a little girl almost 4 weeks ago.. at 25weeks.. she is doing wonderful.. and is on the Nasal canula as well.. and doing wonderful.. after the first try didnt work out too well.. they started steroids.. and this time.. she is doing great.. she is at .6 liters and around 25-30% oxygen.. when she started she was at 2 liters and around the same oxygen.. keep your head up.. he will be fine

12:37 PM  
Blogger Maggie (Sarah's mom) said...

Hooray for Truman! Canula is a HUGE step!!!

I'm so glad you had a fun shower. It is so great to CELEBRATE having a little one! I'm sure you got clothes (like I did) and thought 'These are huge - Truman will be 3 when he wears them!'. It will take some time but like Sarah, he will be wearing them before you know it!

Maggie

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay, Truman! You totally ROCK!

Keep up the great progress, and you'll be home before you know it!

I'm so glad you went to the shower, Mom! I know it's hard to leave the hospital, even for a second, but you really do need to take some time for yourself.

I'm also glad to hear of you and others celebrating Truman's birth. He's truly a miracle! :)

Take care!
D

2:27 PM  
Blogger cjzben said...

It was so nice to see this positive update from you. It is WONDERFUL that he made it to Nasal Cannula. Go Truman!!

I hope he does really well with it and can move on to unassited breathing very soon.

I am continuing to think of you all.

Claire - IV preemies.

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Canula is a huge step! Congrats Truman! I'm glad to hear that you are now able to celebrate your baby's birth. It's time for you to be able to do that. He's gonna be home and trying to get all your attention every way he knows how before you know it!

Erin- Jan '07 Babies

12:41 AM  
Anonymous Charlisa said...

What a wonderful report! Glad you got to enjoy a shower for your precious little one!

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratualations on you baby boy! I am the mother of a boy who was emergency c section at 24 wks gestation and weighed 1 lb 4 oz 10 3/4 in. long. That was on Jan 27 2004, he is now over 2 1/2 yrs old, at home and definitely showing the signs of "terrible twos". He is doing well and has been healthy, although he is developmentally behind he continues to make progress. In this journey small achievements are grand and small amounts of progress are appreciated. Moving forward is always wonderful no matter how slowly, stay positive and keep in your faith. These little guys are truly miracles from God and are precious. I have learned alot as well through our journey, and it teaches you there is so much more to learn. It is a long road, but with the frustrations come even more joy. Take care and God Bless

Sabrina

2:51 PM  
Blogger FFF said...

Happy Baby Shower! I'm glad you could take a moment to celebrate Truman and more importantly, celebrate YOU for all the great things you are doing and have done for him.

3:17 PM  

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