Another day, is quite the understatement!
Lillian and Owen are doing great. Both took bottles for us today. They graduated out of their isolettes, now in cribs and that was nice to see.
Grey was about the same today. He is still on the ventilator, and minimal settings. He was incredibly touchy today when the nurses had to do his care. His vital signs were stable, but his oxygenation would drop very quickly. He did this last week when he was sick too. Once he was getting better that stopped last week.
Grey's white blood cell count was better today. Half way thru the day the doctor thought he might have perforated his bowel, but after a repeat xray, showed that he had not. It was a day of ups and downs. He did have 1 set of blood cultures come back with a staph infection. This could be a contaminated culture, so it was repeated. He is on antibiotics to cover that, as well as all the other possible causes of whatever may be going on. I am not convinced that this is NEC, nor am I convinced that he has a meconium plug, nor am I convinced that he has a staph infection, all of which were discussed as diagnoses today. To me, nothing adds up to fit quite right, I am still waiting for the pieces to fall together to get a definite answer as toward what this is. Most importantly, he is not decompensating, and continues to be the same. We just need him to get better, SOON!
On a different note, I wanted to post pictures that were taken by our kids primary nurses last week for their 1 month birthday.
Here they are in no particular order:
They kind of look like little garden gnomes in this picture! This was taken last week, and Grey has a CPAP nasal oxygenation in this picture, as you can see it scrunches up his nose and face.
Here you can see their faces. It is amazing how much they really do look alike. If it weren't for their size difference, it may be difficult to tell them apart.
Left to right it's Owen, Lilly, and Grey.
I like this picture, just shows them moving their little hands around.
OWEN TRAVIS MAURER
LILLIAN KATE MAURER
GREY NOLAN MAURER