Yesterday was a good day for us. We hope you had a happy Easter too! Sorry for the lack of updates....I think I scared a few of you. haha.
Samuel is still stable today. The doctors made their rounds about an hour ago. Overall, things are better than they were a few days ago. He is still making a lot of wet diapers but he is still very swollen. They think that by the end of the week he should look back to his normal self. Although his kidneys are working for the most part, they are not expelling the sodium from his body like they should. He is retaining too much and the doctors are having to make some adjustments on his fluids until the kidneys begin to work correctly.
Samuel is on 33% oxygen today and last night he was on 27%. The doctors feel that they might have to go up on one of the ventilator settings today because he isn't releasing enough CO2 when he breathes. Hopefully when they check his blood at noon, they will find that they don't need to go up on any of his settings. According to the x-rays, his lungs are still cloudy. The doctors feel that it is because of the fluid retention (which the sodium isn't helping.)
Occasionally, Samuel will drop his heart rate then pick it back up again. I've been told that it is normal for preemies to do this...but it scares me to death to watch the monitor flash and beep each time he does it.
The surgeons are still inching his abdominal tube out. It should be out in a few days. After his tummy has time to heal, the doctors will begin feeding him again. I'm nervous about this since his intestines perforated last time they fed him.
Right now, I'm mostly anxious about the brain ultrasound tomorrow. We've successfully avoided any hemorrhaging so far....we will just keep praying that it continues.
I'm happy that Samuel is having another good day....happy that he's not crying right now....happy that I can take a nap.....happy that Michael's parents and my parents will be here tomorrow....happy to have good friends who care about and are praying for our baby. :)