Friday, November 26, 2004

Will is having a good one-month birthday today, and gets to celebrate with some more food. After getting 2cc every eight hours the past couple of days, he's back up to 3cc every four hours today. We hope he is able to tolerate it better and can bulk up again. His yo-yoing weight went down a lot over night; he's now down to about 660 grams. He looks much better, however, losing some of the puffiness he had in the past couple of days. The doctors said they would like him to bulk up with muscle and tissue now rather than liquid, and we agree.

He ended his recent course of dexamethasone last night, so we'll see how that goes. Last time, he seemed to crash a bit in the days after it ended. Now that this course is done, his lungs will see some inflammation again, but the hope is that it will be less than it was before the steroids were given this time. The doctors said they would like him to get to a point where the rate of repair on his lungs is able to outpace the rate of injury, and hope he has reached that point now. If not, they'll continue to monitor the situation and give him more steroids in a week or so if needed.

Right now he is having a good visit with Mary's Dad and her brother, Joe, the fourth of five uncles and aunts for him to meet. He's on his best behavior for them, of course.


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