Chalk up another good day for Miller Lee! He was able to tolerate his feedings ( 2 cc's each ) and his distention has subsided. He's doing so well on his canulla that the nurses are reducing his cpap treatments. So, he's breathing really well and he's breathing room air. He'll have a mild de-sat (desaturation, or period of low O2) every few hours but for the most part his lungs are doing everything we ask them to.
His blood glucose readings have been a little high, so they put him on an insulin drip. This is probably related to the fact that he wasn't tolerating his feedings earlier in the week. Hopefully all of that will resolve itself.
Unfortunately, in order to test his glucose, they have to draw blood. His little body isn't equipped to produce as many red blood cells as he needs for all of these tests so he'll probably need a transfusion or two in the next few weeks. This sounds scary, but it's a very normal part of life in the NICU.
Mom had a great kangaroo tonight. Miller closed his eyes and seemed to love every second of it. Miller might just be playing his cards right on this deal. Momma was telling him about all of the things he could get away with when he gets better. Apparently, Miller now has permanent permission to sass his momma, throw mashed potatoes on the floor, and pee in the yard like daddy.
Friday is looming. That's the day Miller gets his second cranial ultrasound. We'll learn if his IVH is contained or if it's going to require some type of intervention. We are very encouraged by all of his clinical signs, but the scan will tell us for sure. What we won't know is what impact, if any, it will have on him long term. We just have to keep praying about that.
Oh, one more thing. I think we are about $10 away from our goal of raising $1,000 for the March of Dimes WalkAmerica on May 12th. Thanks so much to everyone. Team Miller will be out in full force that Saturday morning. Grampa Peoples is making t-shirts and everything. Check out the website when you get a chance...
As always, thank you for your thoughts and prayers....and food!
Danny and Stephanie