Wednesday, May 28, 2008

One step closer to home

Well, it has been awhile since my last entry, but there is not too much to update everyone on. He did have a minor setback last week with some more fluid so his weight has been bouncing around. He was 3 lbs 14 ozs and I was so sure that he would hit 4 pounds over the weekend, but they ended up giving him lasix Thursday and he lost 5 ounces!!!! He dropped all the way to 3lbs 9 ozs and then climbed to 3.13 and dropped to 3.11 and is now 3.12. Hopefully, he will get this under control and start gaining steadily again.

They tested his eyes again (every Monday) and he has jumped now to Stage 2/Zone 2 for ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity) so they are monitoring this more closely. Stages 3, 4 and 5 are serious and often require surgery. Some babies can hit Stage 2 and then level off and never need the surgery so we are hopeful, but if not this is a very minor side effect of being so immature.

They are starting to wean Jacob off his oxygen and because of all the fluid he has had they have put him on chronic diuretics. This will hopefully help him wean off the oxygen and still help him get rid of all the excess fluid! We received our "congratulations on graduating the NICU" package last week which means they are getting him ready to be transferred to Plymouth! This is great news and one more step towards home!

I will post some new pictures soon. He changes so much and so often that I doubt most of you will even believe it is him when you see the new pics!

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