Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday October 17th - What a Difference a week makes

This time last week we were so worried about Jackson and his raging infections. This week our biggest concern is his lungs, which was to be expected since he was born so early.

He looks good, is gaining some weight (1lb 9oz), and eating well. They increased his continuous feeds to 1.5ml an hour. He pooped again on his own, which shows the doctors that his stomach is figuring out the whole digestion thing. He seems to be much calmer and resting comfortably.

They began the steroids, mainly because he wasn't making any progress. He was maintaining but his lungs didn't show any growth and his settings on the oscillator had plateaued. He gets a dose every 6 hours for the next week. We should start to see improvement within the next 24 hours.

His spinal fluid is still trending negative for infection. Because there were more than 5 white blood cells present in his fluid, they want to repeat the spinal tap on the 25th. They are being very cautious and since they had called in infectious diseases to consult, they have to make 100% sure he didn't/doesn't have meningitis. 

The nurses yesterday took a picture for us, so Julia will scan that tomorrow when she returns to work and will post it for all to see. They have also come up with a plan for us to be able to take more pictures while he is on touch isolation.

Thank you again for all of the love and support. We could not do this without the help of our wonderful community.

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