Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Roller Coaster Ride

Katie is up to 970 grams (2 pounds, 2 ounces)!

Everyone who has been on this journey have told us that being in the NICU, she will have her good days and her bad days. I believed them, but until recently, it was hard to really understand the intensity of these ups and downs.

Sunday they were able to re-intubate her with a larger breathing tube. Shortly after, they pulled some green residual from her feeding tube, and stopped her feedings. They think her body stopped digesting due to the stress of getting the new breathing tube.

She stayed off feedings for 24 hours. They started her back at 1.2cc/ml every 3 hours earlier this afternoon. We're hoping she can quickly work her way back up to where she stopped.

On October 15, they did a head ultrasound and found a grade 1 bleed on the right side of her brain. This is common in babies of her size, and the doctors weren't too worried. They did a repeat ultrasound yesterday evening and it had gotten slightly larger. The doctor says it is now a grade 2 bleed. Grades 1 & 2 will usually go away on their own, unless they progress further. The next ultrasound is scheduled for Monday.

There's no immediate emergency, but please, keep praying for her. We appreciate everyone's thoughts!

Here's a picture of her sleeping nice and comfortable:

And another of her toes!

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