Update: December 28, 2006
CURRENT WEIGHT: 5LBS, 15.2 OUNCES
CURRENT LENGTH: 18 INCHES
Truman had another pediatric appointment today. He continues to gain weight, not quite as fast as last week, but the 20 grams a day he put on this last week was still good.
However, Truman has a diaper rash (presumably caused by the high-calorie breast milk) that has gone from bad to worse to horrible. During his last appointment, a cream was prescribed. That made it worse and it even started bleeding, so we discontinued that a few days back. We had tried leaving Truman open to the air, but that did not go well for him as he really likes his boundaries and managed to stick his arms through his cradle, turn completely sideways, and many other contortions and screams while uncovered. So this week, we were sent home with a tank of oxygen and canula tubes and instructed to put a diaper on him loosely and run the tube into the diaper for an hour three times per day. The doctor joked that the oxygen is for the wrong end of what you would expect for a preemie. They also came up with a concoction of a type of over-the-counter cream mixed with stoma adhesive powder that we are to mix and apply to his bum as well.
It also turns out that Truman's labs from last week show that he is deficient in calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorus, none of which bodes well for bone growth. So, we are being prescribed a special formula for Truman to take. We will have to mix it 50/50 with expressed breast milk for his bottles. So my goal of my little one being an exclusively breast-fed baby for at least a year will not be met, but we will do what we need to for him. They are recommending that we continue with the nursing sessions. (I currently nurse Truman for half of his feedings and bottle feed the remaining four). I've also been instructed to drink more milk, which for any of you who no me personally is like prescribing me to drink battery acid. Ah, the sacrifices we make for our children.