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.