Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fluid in the lungs

It's been a few days since my last update and we have a few different things going on.

First of all, as of Wednesday night Jacob was up to 1 lb 15oz! I was so excited because he was one ounce away from 2 pounds!! The bad news is that he gained 90 grams to get to 1lb 15 oz and the nurses said a gain that fast is worrisome. Most likely it was fluid in his lungs again so they ordered another chest x-ray.

Last night, he had dropped down an ounce to 1 lb 14 oz and the nurses were pleased with this. They said this is a good thing after the 90 grams he gained on Wednesday. The chest x-ray was also done yesterday and they said he still looked a little "puffy" or hazy, but not too much had changed since he had the last chest x-ray. They said with the tube down his throat into his lungs he is bound to get some fluid in there and it doesn't appear that he has more than he did last time.

Yesterday, his feedings were up to 6 cc's, 7 times a day and hopefully they were increased again today. I will find out when I get there in about an hour. Once he hits between 10-14 cc's of breastmilk they can take him off the IV fluids!

They tried weaning him off his ventilator yesterday and trying him on a different vent (which is the in between for CPAP) and he wasn't toleratng it too well. I knew it was too soon for this. He is still so small and is still being assisted with his breathing by the machine. Hopefully, in another week or two he will be strong and big enough to try this out.

That is all for now. Hopefully, my next post will be that Jacob has hit 2 pounds!

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