Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday - November 24th

Can you believe it's been 8 weeks! Jackson is doing so well and just changing each day. His eye infection is responding well to the ointment. It still remains to be seen if the diuretics are working for the fluid buildup. He is peeing alot, which is a good sign. The doctors decided to go up on his oxygen flow - which is the rate of flow for the nasal cannula, it can carry 1–6 litres of oxygen per minute. Jackson is now on 5 liters, up from 4. He had a little bit of collapse in his lungs (which is very normal for premature lungs) so they are going to try and puff them back up with a little high flow. They are trying to avoid putting him back on the CPAP machine because he seems so comfortable with the nasal cannula.

He had his base line eye examination. Officially his eyes are premature- this is a good thing. They didn't see any other concerns and will do a follow up visit in 2 weeks. As he develops they will continue to monitor him to make sure his eyes mature along with the rest of his body.

Mommy and Jackson had an extra long session of kangaroo time. He was very comfortable and kept dropping his oxygen needs, so the nurses were willing to let him stay out and play. When Julia placed him on her, she had his head facing to the right. Jackson wasn't happy so he picked his little head up and turned it to the left. The kid is already showing signs of wanting things his way. He also wanted him arms under his head making a pillow. it was so cute to watch him rearrange himself. Once he got into position, he was fast asleep.

Lastly, Jackson is really starting to develop his sucking movements. This is a good sign, as they will try and start the bottle/breastfeeding him and move him off the feeding tube. They will start that once his nasal cannula flow goes down a little more. So hopefully in the next couple of weeks.

Everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for this year. Good family, friends, our health, jobs, our dogs who haven't revolted from the lack of attention, and most importantly, Jackson. Thank you for sharing this journey with us.

so relaxed after an evening with Mom

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