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Thursday, February 26, 2009

73 days old...

Our sleepy, intubated boy - February 23, 2009

In his big boy crib! - February 23, 2009

Really hating his tube... - February 24, 2009

Connor's freshly extubated and in a SWING! - February 26, 2009

That was our happy surprise this morning when we arrived at the hospital to see our little one... his bed was empty, and he was in a swing... and LOVING it!

He's old enough now that he needs some additional stimulation... he's getting too bored just laying in the crib all day. So we'll be taking in a bouncy seat to see how he likes it.

When we had called at the crack of dawn to check on him, his nurse said that they had just changed his rate to 12 breaths per minute - the magic number from which he could be finally weaned - so we knew that today was going to be the day. But, they surprised us... he was extubated shortly after 9am, and put on the nasal cannula. However, he's only receiving a little flow of room air - no oxygen. The nasal cannula will likely only last for a couple of days, and then he'll be back to no respiratory support, just like he was before the 2nd surgery.

Also, the doctors have finally stopped his morphine and he's been tolerating his assessments just fine. His incision/wound is healing up nicely, and today looked much better from when I had seen it on Monday.

As for feedings, they're still pulling too much fluid from his stomach. When this amount decreases, his system will have begun absorbing/digesting the excess... so, they're just watching for that to start. His gut surgeon has recommended another couple of days and then they'll try the Pedialyte again.

An eye exam is scheduled for tomorrow morning... We're hoping that the ophthalmologist sees much improvement since his eye surgery last Sunday.

We'll keep 'ya posted!


Christy said...

YAY Connor! Keep it up tough guy!

Megan B ♥ said...

I was so happy to read that he was extubated and in the swing! HAPPY THURSDAY!! Here's prayin' that his gut perks up and starts getting down to some serious business!

Nate and Kelly said...

What fantastic news! So glad to hear things are going well. Thanks for posting all the pics-- I'm a huge fan of his chubby cheeks. :)

tiburon said...

He is doing so well!

You are all still in my prayers. Thinking about you and sending good vibes your way.

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