Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Positive Turn

Aaron's 9:00 p.m. x-rays didn't show too much change so his n.p. added two more antibiotics to his meds bringing him up to 4 different drugs trying to kill off the infection. His 3:00 a.m. x-ray showed an improvement. The radiologists and neonatologists believe its either NEC or a septic lesion of sorts in his intestines. X-ray's are scheduled every 12 hours now to watch it. If it turns out to be NEC he will be off his feeds for 10 days and on antibiotics for 21 days. If its the other he will be on antibiotics for 10 days and will restart his feedings tomorrow. The plan either way is to give him pic line tomorrow so they don't have to do IV's with his brittle bones. Aaron had an Anderson tube put down his throat to his stomach to vacuum out air, blood, and whatever else is in there, its not pretty watching it come out.

Aaron's meds have been cut back down to two antibiotics now as they feel like they have a good handle on things. We are hoping its not NEC as that is not something you mess with and we want him to be able to eat again soon and gain weight. He is being sedated pretty heavily at the moment because when he wakes up he is pretty mad, the one thing he had going for him was that he was a good little eater so when you take his food away he gets pretty upset, can't really blame him! He remains with his bed open and does a good job at keeping his temperature. He also likes music playing as it seems to settle him. I feel bad for the nurses listening to the same cds over and over again. I'll have to take a few more up with me next time to give them a break. His color is looking better and we hope we have made a positive turn.

While scrubbing in yesterday I heard my name called and turned to see one of my cousin's standing behind me. She has a friend with a baby in the same room as Aaron. It was great to see her and her cute pregnant belly and introduce her to Aaron. Always nice to see a familiar face in the hospital.


Sant Family said...

Yay Aaron! You've been giving him breastmilk so his odds of NEC should be low, right? Is that still true? Of course we don't talk odds with little miracles like Aaron. He's got Heaven in his corner.

Glad today was a better day.