Teeny Tiny Truman

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

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Continuing to Recover


Truman continues to recover from surgery. He remains on the conventional ventilator because he is still indicating a lot of pain, which requires medication that could cause him not to remember to breathe. He is also still mostly out of it because of the pain medication, but he does wake up and acknowledge our presence. In fact, he seems to be bothered by my presence, as it reminds him of food. When he hears my voice or senses my presence (presumably by smelling me) he tends to start sucking vigorously on his breathing tube and crying (without sound, of course). As a result, I am trying to confine my visits to very brief stints until he's ready to be held and comforted, even if he still can't eat.

He is making some bowel sounds, so they may attempt to feed him tomorrow. Also, he gained about 4.5 ounces yesterday, so he is clearly retaining some fluid since the surgery. He also looks puffy throughout his trunk.



Blogger Brian and Heather Tankersley said...

Happy Thanksgiving!! I know it would be happier if you had Truman home with you but the end is near. You can at least picture the homecoming day and only a few small hurdles to overcome. I am proud the surgery went well and all are recovering. All our love as always!!

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy that he is doing well and recovering. How heart breaking to have to watch your little angel go hungry knowing he wants you to feed and comfort him!! Take comfort knowing that this is such a huge step for Truman and his journey home, you have been so strong for him and I admire your family so much.

May God be with your little one, and with your family!

Shawnee (babycenter)

4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Truman,

I hope you're feeling better from your surgery very soon and that you and momma are reunited ASAP so you two can get back to nursing.

I'm so impressed with your strength little man, you are a fighter!!


11:27 PM  
Anonymous jroberts said...

Happy Thanksgiving to Truman and your loving family. We pray for your healing and look forward to preparations for homecoming soon. We know God's angels are watching over you and your family every moment of every day - find peace and comfort in this knowledge.

Continuing to think of you -
Matthew, Mark, Jennifer, & Craig

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Mia said...

Oh, it must be so hard for you not to spend time with your little boy! But this too shall pass, and it sounds like Truman is doing so well. He's well on his way to coming home! What a Merry Christmas it will be!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Maggie (Sarah's mom) said...

I'm glad Truman is doing as good as he can during his recovery. I experienced a time after Sarah's PDA surgery that my being there irritated her too. It was really hard to take as a mom. As soon as Truman starts feeling better I'm sure your visits will go better!

Sending lots of hugs and prayers your way!

Maggie (IV Preemies)

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are constantly thinking about you three...escpecially Truman. We hope that this is the last hurdle before he gets to come! Truman is one strong little man and we like to believe that he is just as determined to find a way to be in the comfort of his mom's and dad's arms. He will get there!! We love you three and if there is anything we can do to help let us know!
Jason and Cinda

4:20 AM  
Anonymous Gramma said...

Sweet Truman, Your parents and both sets of grandparents sat at the Thanksgiving table and praised God for your life and gave thanks for all the nurses and doctors who have cared for you and loved you. Your father in heaven who loves you will comfort you through gentle touches and the kind voices of people around you. You have a beautiful home and a loving family awaiting your homecoming. I love U

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy belated Thanksgiving!! I am so glad to hear how well Truman is doing. Kara, Ben, and Truman, you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Truman is quite a tough little guy. I can't wait for the word that you are all going home!


3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been following the story of little Truman and have been amazed at how he's fought through all of his problems. I check the site each day to check on him and pray that he's recovering well from his surgery. He's a couragous little man.

9:20 AM  
Blogger gulfmiss said...

I sent in the previous post anonymously...I am so glad to hear that your little one is doing so well and hope he'll so be able to go home with you all. I had been checking the site all weekend. I have three grandchildren and know how precious these litle ones are. Keep eating and growing, Truman.

1:25 PM  

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