Monday, February 27, 2012

Report from night rounds

We stayed until night rounds again and went over the plan for tomorrow. He will most likely have his chest drained at around noon. A few hours after that he will begin receiving breast milk through an NG tube (nasogastric tube-goes from his nose to his belly). They will start him out very slowly and see how he tolerates it. Also at rounds they discussed a small blood clot that formed in an artery in his leg where he had the cath. This is common and the clot is small so they are just watching it for now. He is on heparin (blood thinner) so this should help to flush it out. Other than that, they plan to keep things nice and slow they like did today. He's definitely making improvements!

As a side note, we've learned a lot about ECMO over the past few days. Babies on ECMO need to receive blood products to help keep up the volume of flow in the circuitry. Jensen is actually doing well and receiving very little products. However, some kids need liters and liters of blood each day to maintain adequate flow of blood through ECMO. The American Red Cross hands out tons of blood to these patients and runs out quickly. This is my plug for blood donation:

                                         DONATE DONATE DONATE!

We could not keep Jensen stable without that blood. It truly does make a difference. And lastly, thank you all for your continued prayers and support. I can not believe how many people have reached out to us offering prayers,positive thoughts, and donations. It means the world to Jeremy and I. Although we couldn't possibly thank each person individually, know that we are very grateful and feel so blessed.

1 comment:

  1. Glad to hear your litle preciouos baby is doing better.