Weight: 2 lbs 14 oz
I'm still at home but I'm getting updates from Samuel's nurse every couple of hours. Since Samuel came off the ventilator, we have been carefully watching and praying about his CO2 level. Generally the doctors and nurses like it to run in the lower 40s - but Samuels has been running in the upper 50s. This morning Samuel's cap-gas (capillary blood test) CO2 came back at 47! That's the best it's been since just after he came off the ventilator 11 days ago.
Today during rounds the doctor increased his feeds again...I'm so excited that we've nearly met the 3 pound mark! I never dreamed I'd be excited about a three pound baby - it's amazing the things you learn to appreciate....
The doctors also decided to decrease his flow again. As I mentioned before, they have tried to ween his flow down but end up going back up on it. This morning they tried something new. Instead of inching him down on the flow, they weened it all the way to .5 - but increased his oxygen to 100%. The last couple of days his oxygen has been at 30% with a 3 liter flow. Carolyn, Samuel's primary nurse, said that today has been one of Samuel's best days. However, the true test will be in the morning when we see what his CO2 is. Hoping, hoping, hoping, hoping for it to be good!!!!
I'll be going back to Little Rock tomorrow. I'm so thankful that it's been a good few days for Samuel.