No more feeding tubes!
CURRENT WEIGHT: 4 LBS, 1.5 OUNCES (1866 GRAMS)
Truman has been the quite the champ at breastfeeding for some time now and appears to have officially gotten the hang of bottle feeding, although sometimes he tries to go too fast and gets his mouth too full. As a result, he no longer will receive any tube feeding. He will be getting everything from breast or bottle.
His feeds have increased to 35 ccs, which is about 1.2 ounces per feed or about 9.3 ounces per day, which doesn't seem to be enough to satisfy his hunger. However, because of his size and ostomy, they can't really increase food dramatically. It must be done incrementally so that he doesn't stool out too much. He hasn't shown any reflux symptoms in a couple of days.
Truman officially joined a South Hall (feeder grower) only team of doctors yesterday.
His microflow canula has been weaned to .02, and there is talk that it will be turned off tomorrow. His caffiene, which was given to help prevent brady spells, has been discontinued.
Truman's hernia is getting visibly worse. The bulge is now quite prominent even when he is not crying (initially it only showed when he strained). The nurses assure us that hernias are routine, particularly in baby boys, but it looks scary and painful nonetheless. Some of you have asked what a hernia is. When part of an organ or tissue in the body (In Truman's case, a loop of intestine) pushes through an opening or weak spot in a muscle wall, it can protrude into a space where it does not belong. This protrusion is called a hernia, and they look like a bulge or lump. Truman's is a large bulge just above his ostomy bag.
The increasing size of the hernia may be an impetus to push his surgeon (known for best both the best, but also for being a serious procrastinator) to do the reconnection surgery sooner. That means Truman needs some "Grow, Baby, Grow" vibes for that last 5 ounces.