Graham is set to graduate from the NICU to the Infant Care floor, possibly tomorrow. He is healthy enough to move on. There are some final hurdles to get past before we can start using the H-word (home), but this move is huge.
Graham is now taking 55ml of breast milk every four hours through his NG tube. The goal is 80ml, a few steps away. The nutrition (TPN) he is receiving through his central line has been weaned down to 8ml/hr from the original 20. When he gets to zero the central line can be removed, which will lower the risk of infection.
The breathing assist that Mr. G is receiving is almost minimal...1 liter of air per minute. The plan is to go to one-half and then to zero this week. Almost there.
The new skin covering the omphalocele is nearly complete. The area still healing is about the size of a half dollar. The docs are guessing it should be completely healed in about a week.
The perfect scenario would find Graham with a completely healed omphalcele, no breathing assists, and getting all his nutrition through breast milk. All seem within reach now. In the meantime, he is a happy active baby who charms everyone in sight with his smiles and cooing. Stay tuned for a couple new pictures soon.