Gaines is having another good day. He weighed 3 lbs 11 ounces this morning. I think that sounds great but the doctors think it might be that he's just retaining fluid so they are going to give him a diuretic to see if it's actual weight gain or fluid. I hope that its actual weight gain. He's eating well so today they stopped the TPN (nutrients) he's getting. If he tolerates his feedings for the next few days they will take out his PIC line. This would be wonderful. It would be one less tube going into his little body.
He's also doing well on holding his tempeture. He's still getting a little help from the isolet but they are weaning it. Hopefully, he'll master that soon and the weight gain will keep going up and he'll get an open bed. It would be such a milestone for him.
They did decide today that he needed a blood transfusion because he's anemic (normal for a preemie). I'm not too worried about it. The nurse did tell me that sometimes the extra blood gives them the boost they need to bring their oxygen requirement down. Gaines is still hanging around 30%. I REALLY hope it helps Gaines. I so badly want him to get off the CPAP. It would just be so wonderful for him to not have that on his face anymore. It's always so hard to see his face because of it. Plus it would mean that my baby is breathing on his own.
Oh, one other thing...they have determined that Gaines has reflux. It doesn't sound like a big deal but it can cause preemies to drop their heart rate and sat level. Right now Gaines is on medicine for it. Please pray that it gets better.
All in all a pretty good day so far. Please pray that this continues and that this blood transfusion helps with the oxygen.
Our internet here is kind of touch and go at times so I'm behind on returning my emails...please bear with me if you've sent me one in the last few days and I haven't responded. I'm trying.
Love to all,