Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Look who got a big boy chair!

Rhys likes the pacifier

Don't I look like a big boy?

This thing puts me right to sleep

Rhys has had a pretty good couple of days. His vent settings are improving... His rate is down to 28 bpm from 40 two days ago. His O2 requirements are down to 35%. The steroid course he is on is really showing the benefits. The doctor wants him off the ventilator in 2 weeks, so he is going to "push" him while he is on the steroids. As you can see from the pictures, Rhys got to sit in a bouncy chair today! He got to spend a few hours sitting, being a big boy. Daddy gave him his pacifier and he really enjoyed it. We also noticed he has a bigger size blood pressure cuff (a neonatal #3!), so his arms and legs are getting some much needed fat. He weighs 4 lbs 4 oz now and is on 34cc of milk per feeding. The eye doctor is supposed to check on him tomorrow to see how his ROP is doing. We are praying for good news!

Also, as a precaution a full x-ray workup was ordered to make sure Rhys didn't suffer any fractures other than his ribs. The x-rays came back clean, thank goodness, and the specialist team that was called in didn't seem worried by anything. They did order blood work to check his levels, so hopefully all will be well. His primary doctor didn't seem concerned and said everything was healing as it should be.

Please keep praying for the steroids to help give Rhys the nudge he needs to get off the vent!


Crystal M said...

Wonderful news! We will pray hard this week for strong healthy lungs so that Rhys will be vent free soon! The new pics are just beautiful. He has gotten so big! He looked like he enjoyed the bouncer! We love you guys and hope that you are doing well! Hope to see you soon - Love, The Myers

Brian said...

No doubt about it, that is a manly chair. Are we up to green belt now?

Myra said...

Precious, precious, precious pictures.... So glad he's had good days.

bran1005 said...

Yay for good days! I will be praying this week that Rhys continues to make strides in the right direction and that he looses the vent real soon.

What is the belt status now?

Jennie and Bernie McCoy said...

Great job Rhys!!! You are making your parents so proud! He's really grown in the past few weeks!

Cody said...

He is currently an orange belt...he will get an upgrade when he gets off the vent.

donna granger said...

I think you are being a little chinchy with the belt!!! Baby Rhys needs an upgrade!!!