Sugar, milk, blood and oxygen

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.

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7 thoughts on “Sugar, milk, blood and oxygen

  1. Kangaroo care! That’s too awesome! 🙂

  2. Boy I’d be happy to eat 24/7! Keep up the great progress Ben! I can’t wait to see you running around my back yard!

  3. Kangaroo care is GREAT! When Toby was in the NICU and still attached to monitors, we could watch his little heartrate come right down and all his vitals stabilize across the board. Eating 24-7 sounds ah-mazing. Grow Benjamin, Grow!

  4. SO MANY GOOD THINGS, MINUS THE LOW SUGAR OF COURSE BUT WE’LL WORK ON THAT. YAY TO KANGAROO CARE!!

  5. so good to hear. love you guys.

  6. Hooray for 21%! So glad to hear the good news…and hopefully he bounces back from the blood sugar quickly!

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