Things are going more good than bad for little Max… it's really a “2 steps forward, 1 step back” process at this point, so we really need to focus on the forward motion he's making overall.
We were disappointed to learn last night that he needed a blood transfusion; it's a common thing for premmies of his age, it's just something we'd been hoping to avoid, since there are risks involved. The good news is that it really made a big difference for him, and his overall color is better, all pink and baby-like, and his belly has improved greatly.
I don't think I've gone into his belly thing too much… it's been all swollen and distended for a few days, the cause apparently some air caught up in his intestines… they've been doing regular x-rays to make sure there's no bowel rupture or anything, but it's just air. He just looked so uncomfortable, like he couldn't get a good breath in, his gut got so big so quick.
There was talk of the transfusion helping that; that perhaps it was partially a blood flow issue, with his body focusing on keeping blood going to his brain and lungs (his respiration is fantastic, BTW… like a guy twice his age! LOL) so we came in today to find a significant improvement in his little tummy.
At it's largest, his belly measured 27cm around… this afternoon, it was down to 23cm, so a great improvement that we're thrilled to see.
The heart murmur is still there, but the docs are focusing on getting his tummy better and getting him on regular formula feedings before moving on to try and get that taken care of.
That's all for now, thanks (as always) for your prayers and thoughts!
My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with Max. I enjoy reading your updates on him and look forward to continue to read about the great progress he is making.
I think of you guys often and continue to send good thoughts & healing/healthy vibes to your little guy! Don’t forget to take care of yourselves too!
cortney in sf says
oh my. words cannot express all the blessings that I’m sending you three. i wish you much health, much happiness, much sleep & much healing! all the best, cortney
Laurie Guidry says
Little Max and his mommy and
daddy our in my thoughts and prayers.
I read about him everyday!!
Debbie (Estrella) Davis says
Just heard and then read everything that happened. God is definitely watching over you and you are all in my prayers!! Quick question….are you still going to call him Spiff as a nickname??
I’m glad to hear the road to home continues to be mostly smooth. Keep growing Max, you’re doing great!
Sending lots of good thoughts your way!
Just wanted to let you know that someone else out there is thinking of you guys and praying for all of you