Wednesday, May 7, 2008


While Mikan was being reintubated yesterday, the respiratory therapist noticed some swelling in his throat. Hopefully this will go away on its own. If not, Mikan will unfortunately need a trachea tube. The doctor just informed us that this is a possibility, something he hopes won't have to happen. Today Mikan was around 40% oxygen and the doctor was able to wean his pressure support and pressure control a little again. He is on .15 mg of steroids and will continue to receive this every 24 hours for at least 10 days until they try extubation again. This morning Mikan moved his head so he was laying in the completely opposite way his tube was facing, almost causing self-extubation. The doctor said if he self-extubates, then he wants to try him on C-pap before they reintubate him.

Mikan has also been doing normal baby things, like trying to suck on his fist, or tracking with his eyes a little more. He also has really bad gas. Last night he weighed 5 lbs: a porker. He's starting to look like the fat term babies.

P.S. There are now 28 week twins whose mom never had steroid shots and may have been on drugs while pregnant. They are both on C-pap and currently being weaned after only being in the NICU for a few days.
I know, don't tell us. "Every baby is an individual." We know.

1 comment:

Life in the Bend said...

A friend whose twins were born at 29 weeks told me that twins tend to improve much faster as premies for a variety of reasons. So those babies have an unfair advantage over Mikan.