Benjamin is holding his own this week. He is now just about a pound up from his birth weight (weighed in two nights ago at 1.22 kg or 2 lbs, 11 oz) and is on the lowest oxygen setting on his CPAP (21% – same as we breathe). The exception for the oxygen is when the nurses are bothering him – then he gets grumpy and they bump up his O2 a little.
He has been having some blood sugar issues – it had been dropping kind of low before mealtimes, so for now he is just getting milk all of the time. Every time is meal time for Ben! Instead of getting 24ml 8 times a day, he just gets it as a constant flow of 8ml/hr into his feeding tube. This should be a temporary thing while he needs it.
It has been weeks since Benjamin has gotten a blood transfusion – which is a big deal for a guy who used to get it every other day. Right now he could probably use some, but the docs want to hold off and see if he’ll make it on his own. Work that bone marrow, little man!
In other news, Amy got to start kangaroo care (skin on skin) with Benjamin. They both loved it.