Thursday, January 22, 2009

Chugging Forward

Edmund is not off his TPN, which was the electrolytes, and is now on regular IV fluid. I can only assume that is one step closer to not needing any fluid at all!:)

Starting at his 8:00 feeding, he'll be on 60ml of breast milk, which is 2 oz. I believe he only needs to get up to 80 or 90 in order to be completely on breastmilk and therefore get the line out of his head!!

This morning he did a FABULOUS job with his bottle. He took 15ml. Pretty much if he's awake and alert, he does well. When he's drowsy or doesn't seem as hungry, he just won't have it, and he seems to consistently be awake and alert in the morning. The goal with bottles is that he would take 15ml by bottle consistently. When he does that, they'll be able to do a swallow study where they bottle feed him some sort of dye and then follow it to make sure it's going down the right places and that he can protect his airway properly. He's showing all good signs that he's doing well with this, but it's a little bit of a guessing game at this point.

The doctor also started weaning his methadone today and scheduled a routine hearing screening that they do for all babies. We're not concerned about that because we know he can hear. He startles at noises and turns towards certain noises.

Edmund has been sleeping more today and threw up again....could be mild signs of withdrawal. The throw up could also be getting used to the higher volumes of milk or for that matter, something mommy ate:) Daddy got here in time to be thrown up on yet again, and now they are indeed napping peacefully together:)

That's today's news. Love,
Dennis, Heidi, & Edmund

2 comments:

tippi57 said...

It was so good to talk to you tonight. Please give the Dr.s and nurses our thanks! I also want to thank you and Heidi for being such good parents! You are both doing a superb job!
Love
Mom

tippi57 said...

Can you post another pic when you have time?
Love
Mom