Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Will turns one week old tonight, and to celebrate, he'll have some mother's milk. The doctors said they are going to increase both the amount (to 2cc, or about 2/5 of a teaspoon) and the frequency (to every six hours from eight) of his feedings. He still gets almost all of his food from a tube that gives him a liquid with glucose, electrolytes and other good stuff, but as he is able to better handle milk, he eventually will rely on that entirely for his nutrition.

Right now he looks kind of scaly because his skin is drying out. Though it looks uncomfortable, it's a good sign, because it means his skin is maturing quickly. That's good, because the sensors on his body have caused sore spots due to his thin, very-sensitive skin and there are only so many places to put those on his tiny frame.

He has been given several different kinds of medicine during his short stay, but the doctors finally gave him something familiar. He was given caffeine today in the hope that it will stimulate his brain and remind him to breathe regularly. It was a very small dose, but then again, he's a small guy. I told him to get used to it, because his Dad often needs a jolt of caffeine to remember to breathe when faced with yet another business breakfast that starts before sun-up. His came through an IV drip rather than a cup of coffee, however. He just might have something there...


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