Monday, November 15, 2004

I almost hesitate posting yet more good news, fearful that I'll somehow jinx things, but Will does continue to improve. His weight was 621 grams this morning, which means he lost about 1/7 of his body weight in the past 24 hours. That's a good thing for those of you just tuning in, because it means he really has moved most of the excess fluid through his system and seems to have recovered nicely from the ill effects of the indomethacin used to close his PDA.

They continue to turn down his ventilator settings because his lungs are inflating well, and his oxygen needs are low. That is partly (if not mostly) due to a course of steroids he received over the past three days to reduce inflamation in the lungs caused by the ventilator. Once that wears off, his ventilator and oxygen needs might rise somewhat. The steroids did what they were supposed to, however, by helping him to get through that rough couple of days heading into the weekend. I've been trying to keep track of all of the things they have given him thus far, and have an incomplete count of 14 different medicines. No wonder he was retaining fluid. Even at 1cc at a time, that can add up.

We'll see how he tolerates that milk, and hope he can continue to get it and start bulking up the right way. For now, we love every easy day he can put behind him, passing his days sleeping, eating and growing. That's better for us, too; it's amazing how tired you can get just worrying.


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