When we arrived at the hospital this morning, we found Truitt no longer had a tube in his throat, and Leisel heard him cry for the first time. Never had a baby’s cry sounded so wonderful! Being excubated and moved to a cannula is a huge step, and major praise! They have already lowered his numbers on the cannula, and are hoping to move him to just high flow (oxygen) with no CPAP by morning.
Now that there is no tube in his throat, they have taken him off of the sedative medication, and have removed his continuous pain meds. This made him much more alert, and a little like the rest of our babies. Slightly demanding. 🙂 He took a pacifier, and sucked on it avidly. This is a good sign of his development, and will hopefully make transitioning to a bottle from tube feedings much easier.
There was a concern in the night about how he was digesting his food, but that seems to be cleared up, and he is tolerating the milk fine.
- That the swelling and discoloration in his hands would begin to go down again.
- That his direct bilirubin numbers would come down.
- For wisdom on knowing when to transfer him to a different hospital.
- The breathing tube came out of his throat!
- He is on the lowest setting he can be on the CPAP machine!
- He appears to be digesting his food well.
- Chest X-ray came back clear; so far no more fluid reaccumulation!