Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sam's 3rd Day

Last night I stayed in the NICU with Sam. Not the best of places to get some rest, but I loved being next to him even though we couldn't cuddle.



He has taken a little step backwards regarding breast feeding, but he has accepted the bottle. Dr says that he is eating good, but we need to get him eating better. This is easier said than done, but we are working on mastering the project.




Each morning in the NICU they do what is called "Rounds". This is a meeting with the parents of the child and the staff assisting that day. We discuss test results, progress, concerns and answer questions.



This morning during rounds we found that Sam's bilirubin is lower, but not low enough to take him out of the bili bed. His electrolytes are at a much better level, and his weight is dropping.(which is what they are wanting due to the amount of fluids he has been transfused with) We haven't received test results regarding infection so we are keeping him on anti-biotics until we know. They have placed a hep-lock in his scalp to use for his doses.
His platelets have dropped again. After the last transfusion they were at a 150k and now they are at 81k. They will do another CBC in the morning, and do another transfusion if it drops below 30k. We are desperately trying to find out the cause for this disorder, and we are hoping to get some pretty imperative information back later today.
Matt and I are still in awe at how wonderful this little man is. We are so lucky to his parents, and it means so much to us that Heavenly Father trusted us with his care.
We love you Sam.

14 comments:

Crysler's said...

It must be so hard for you!! I hope everything gets figured out and you get to take him home soon. You are very blessed to have such a beautiful baby!

Desiree said...

Congrats Holly and Matt, what an adorable little guy. I can't believe how much hair he has, so cute. We will keep you in our prayers and hope you get some answers soon. BTW are you in Evergreen NICU? They have the best nurses there.

allison said...

He is so gorgeous! Lots of prayers for some answers.

Bart and Jill said...

That is one BEAUTIFUL baby...again, I will keep him in our prayers.

Kylee said...

Congrats! He is just adorable. I love his dark hair. Babies definitely are a huge blessing, and we will keep you guys in our prayers. We hope he continues to get better and will come home soon as a healthy and happy baby.

Eric, Sarah and baby makes three! said...

Oh my goodness those pictures are to die for!!!! I knew this kid would have the best pics around. So glad to hear from you tonight about the results...come on Sam and make platelets of your own! :-) Love you all!

Eric, Sarah and baby makes three! said...

One more comment- It's official Holly, you and I have baked our sons but they both look sooo much like their daddies!

Brittany said...

oh man! first, he is beautiful. seriously! congrats! i hope they get the blood sugar thing all figured out and that it isnt serious. it is HARD. hard. hard. having your baby in the NICU. I am so sorry. I have been right where you are and it stinks! The good news is that pretty soon you will all be at home together. It will happen! Also, me and Max took a long time to get the breastfeeding thing down. He was 4 weeks old by the time we were able to really push nursing and get off the bottle and tubes but don't be discouraged, you can still do it even if it takes a while (if you want to that is). Let me know if I can do anything. ..? Hang in there.

Brittany said...

aah, sorry these comments are really from JESSICA KETTLE. =)

Mike Walker said...

We're excited for your new baby. I imagine it's tough going through these early times-we're praying for the best.

The Dillon 6 said...

Those are great pictures. He really is so handsome! How could he not be, though? :)

We continue to pray for your sweet family. we love you!!

Bridget Scott said...

We are praying for you guys!!! We love you and I hope you can bring your little guy home asap :) He looks great!

Sabs said...

what a beautiful baby boy! hang in there!

merideth said...

he is seriously so gorgeous!! i knew he would be!

get better soon sam.