February 20, 2009

Kangaroo Baby

I was able to hold little Charlie last night. The nurse helped me stuff him into my shirt, where he lounged happily for almost 3 hours. He would have stayed there forever, but I had to go home and go to bed. I'm going back for more today. By this time tomorrow he will be receiving full feeds (17mL) every 3 hours, so he won't need his PICC line anymore. They're going to cancel his fluids and IV nutrition and just add Human Milk Fortifier to the breast milk which are kinda like a Jamba Boost of calories and calcium and other supplements.

Ambrose suffers from chronic lung disease, which the doctors are trying to manage. They even phoned and spoke to Dr. Bunnell, who developed the Jet ventilator, to see if he had any suggestions for Ambrose's care. There are different things they can try as far as adjusting the settings and such, but there's really nothing else to be done for him; we'll just have to wait and see how well he works through it. Even though his lungs are in very poor condition, they do continue to develop and repair themselves every day. But on the other hand, the ventilator causes continual damage as well. Sort of a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation, to quote the nurse practitioner. So we just continue to pray and hope for the best, while preparing for the worst - same as we have been since December.

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