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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Emperor's New Clothes

When I arrived at the NICU this morning, I found Jeffrey wearing a cute blue outfit. It’s the first day that his breathing has been stable enough to allow him to wear clothes. Even as size Preemie XXS 0-5lbs, he’s too tiny to even get his feet all the way down to the bottom of the outfit! Nurse Julie let me take him out for his 9 AM feeding and hold him. The doctors came and did rounds while the boy and I hung out. They’ve brought his feedings back up to the full amount, but stretched them out to 50 minutes for 24cc to help minimize reflux. Besides a diagnosis of “very cute”, they’ve decided to finish off his antibiotics and remove his IV access too. Dr. D’Angio says that his next step is to get him off the nasal cannula… when he’s ready.
The follow-up ultrasound was performed last night, and unofficially it looks fine. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to get an official diagnosis from Dr. D’Angio or Dr. Murray. He’s doing well on weight, another 20g today to bring him up to 1310g. He held his body temperature well when Danielle had him out in the evening for almost an hour and a half.
That’s all for tonight. I need to finish off homework and catch some sleep. Oh, I posted new pictures… 41 to be exact… at the link on the right.

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