One week ago we were discussing in depth with the doctor when to transfer Truitt to the other hospital. Now we are discussing what he needs to be able to do to go home! They will still make outpatient appointments with the pediatric orthopedic and plastics specialists for after he is discharged, but for the time being it looks like he will not need to transfer as long as he continues to improve.
The doctors have said that Truitt is taking his bottle really well, especially considering the gestational age of 35 weeks, and the sickness he has been battling. Today Truitt also received the standard hearing screening for newborns. Even as a premie, he passed with flying colors!
The swelling on his hands and feet is improving some with massage therapy and treatment, but there is still enough swelling to cause concern. If it remains too long, it can become stiff and glue-like and affect his hands and feet.
- Infant hearing screening passed today
- Truitt taking his bottle well
- Possible discharge to home sometime in next couple weeks
- For Truitt’s lung areas to stay clear of any fluid
- That the swelling on his hands and feet will continue to get better, and that the sores will heal
- That he will get strong enough to take his full feedings through the bottle and begin to successfully nurse.