Continuing to Recover
CURRENT WEIGHT: 4LBS, 15 OUNCES
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.