Today was another good day. Truitt is still making progress in a lot of areas. So far the pleural fluid that was drained from next to his right lung has not returned. His blood oxygen levels are decent, and they are continuing to work on weaning him from the ventilator.
We are also seeing positive signs of his adema (swelling) in hands and feet decreasing. We can see more pink moving further up his fingers, and his heels and ankles are starting to appear and take shape through the swelling.
There are a few minor concerns for Truitt:
- His pupils are not very responsive to light. This may be a sign of internal cranial bleeding. They will be doing an ultrasound on his head soon to check for this.
- The doctors will be doing a heart ultrasound to make sure that Truitt’s ductus arteriosus (major blood vessel that connects the aorta and the pulmonary) has closed properly.
- Truitt is on an antibiotic regimen as a precaution against infection. He has only shown slight possible signs of infection, but they are using antibiotics just in case.
Truitt was able to open both of his eyes this morning, and was very attentive and responsive during our visit. His eyes would follow Leisel’s voice if she moved to the other side of his isolet. Leisel got to read some of the messages the kids sent to Truitt, and they loved seeing the videos of him hearing their words to him. Below are a couple videos of him from today.
- That Truitt will continue to stay healthy and grow stronger each day; specifically for him to be weaned from ventilator and for the swelling in his hands and feet to decrease.
- For the concerns above regarding cranial bleeding, heart ultrasound, and potential infection
- That the doctors would be able to determine a cause for the hydrops (extra fluid next to the lungs)