Today was another good day. Caleb had a little meltdown last night where he was dropping his oxygen saturation levels. They increased his high flow to 40% oxygen and his volume to 7 liters. By the time I got to the hospital, he was down to 25% oxygen. Other than giving the nurse fits and doing more things that can't be explained, he didn't have a bad night.
This morning, Caleb's chest x-ray looked good and his feeding was going smoothly. His blood levels were getting a little low, so he was given another transfusion. The low levels are probably a result of the surgery and the large number of blood draws that he is getting for miscellaneous testing, so no one is worried. After the blood transfusion, his oxygen saturations stayed up where they wanted them.
His feeding is progressing smoothly and he has been taken off the blood pressure medicine. He was getting a little dry, so they changed his diuretics back to twice a day instead of three times. By the time I left tonight, he was weaned down to high flow room air at three liters.
Tomorrow should be a big day. At 4:00 am, they will stop feeding him so they can take his chest tube out. If everything goes well tonight and tomorrow morning, they will take out his chest tube and his arterial line. With this done, I should be able to hold him again. We may also be headed out of the PCTU and back to Moderate Care tomorrow.
The doctors and nurse practioners are very happy with how he is progressing. We are all reminding ourselves that Caleb is a new baby now and some of the problems that we experienced before may be completely gone as his body has adjusted to the new shunt size. What a lovely thing to keep reminding yourself!
I would like to ask a favor of anyone that is reading this blog. As you may guess, when you are here, you meet lots of other babies and parents in the same situation and you bond very quickly with them. When your baby is having a tough time, it is wonderful to hear that someone else's baby is having a good day. Now Caleb is having the good days and some of our other friends are having a very tough time. If you are willing, please pray for Gabriela and Emilio. Both babies are in very critical condition and can use all of the prayers that can be sent their way. Thanks!