The yellow stream continues to flow and the results are impressive. When Graham began the "Great Pee" almost three days ago, he weighed a tad over 12 pounds (his birth weight was 6 pounds 12 ounces). He is now under ten pounds. He looks remarkably better and even briefly peeked at us with one eye. We hope the loss of edema will begin to improve his lung and heart function. Fluid continues to be suctioned out of his lungs.
Mom was able to hold him again today. It is quite a process given all his connections, which include his ventilation tube, and several lines leading into the central line. We hope that he can begin to take breast milk through a feeding tube to the stomach tomorrow.
Graham is still relying on a ventilator and his need for oxygen still hovers around 30%. His is beginning to "breath over" the ventilator, which is a positive.
Overall, we are seeing a more alert and active baby, who needs pain medication less often. To our great relief, Graham was taken off all antibiotics and anti fungals yesterday. We are looking forward to when the ventilator is removed and he can begin nursing again.
Uncle Ward is flying in from Istanbul and will be here late Tuesday night. His arrival will be a boost for all of us.
Good days! What a difference a week makes.