Got to admit she's getting better, getting better all the time!
In the words of the Beatles, Willow is getting better. Today was a day full of good news. First of all her culture from her spinal fluid came back negitive, so there is no infection in there. That made me let out a huge sigh of relief. Willow's chest and gut x-ray was improved today as well. Her gut looked good enough that they decided to resume feedings again. They are starting out small, 2ml every 3 hours. If she tolerates the feedings they will gradually increase the amounts, just like before. Her lung x-ray was looking better as well. She does still have a small amount of bacteria in them, but it will get taken care of with the antibiotics that she is on. They were also able to come down on some of the settings on the ventilator, so hopefully she can be weened off of it in a couple of days. So far the blood draw they did yesterday didn't have any new bacteria growing in her blood stream. If it still doesn't tomorrow then they will put in a new pic line. With the new pic line she'll be able to get her full amount of "baby gatorade". Right now they can't give her as much as they'd like because they are giving it through her IV, and that can't take a ton of fluid through it. Today Willow was up a half an ounce in weight and is at 2lb. 13 oz. You'll see from the pictures today that she's really starting to fill out. You'll also notice in the pics that her hair is turning either blonde or red. I'm not sure which it will end up being. There are red heads on both sides of the family, and both Lindsay and I were blonde as kids, so we'll have to see. One things for sure is she is no longer in the brunette catagory. She was getting pretty squiggly again today and keeping her nurses busy by moving all over the place. I don't think she's back to her old self 100% yet, but she's getting there. All in all a pretty good day here. Keep the comments coming, I check probably 8 times a day to see if there are any new ones. Thanks to Cameron and Liz for the awsome "text art". Lots of people have told me how much they enjoy it. It must be a nice distraction from writing a disertation.
This blog follows the adventures of Lindsay, Josh and Willow Jenson. It started in 2008 as my pregnancy blog, then when our daughter was born 14 weeks early in February 2009 it morphed into a medical blog as she spent her first 105 days in the NICU. Now, thankfully, it's basically a run-of-the-mill new parent blog.