Friday, March 13, 2009
The doctor gave us a quick update about the head CT scan. The ventricles are smaller (this is a good thing). This means that he might not need a permanent shunt placed. We are not sure about the degree of damage to the brain. He still had episodes of low oxygen without his heart rate decreasing. The chest x-ray showed worsening chronic lung disease. This happens due to the immaturity of the lungs and being on a ventilator for an extended period of time. They are now keeping track of when this happens. His nurses today had his room dark and a blanket over his incubator (he likes this). The policy advices to keep the lights up and the blanket off from 8AM-8PM so the babies know day and night. Since he was not even suppose to be here yet I am not sure why this would be good for him. I am going to advocate that if it works better for him to not have light/noise exposure that they do this for him. His feeds are going to be increased to 1 teaspoon (5 ml) every 3 hours if tolerates it. Glenn came to Seattle today. Well we need some sleep. We are hoping to get an early start in the morning, if possible. Please pray that the brain CT scan on Sunday shows continued improvement, that his lungs improve and that he tolerates his feeds.
Posted by Karen Goddard