Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Rhys is 11 Weeks Old Today

You best not take that pacifier from me!
Oh man, I am pooped!
It's been a rough day, goodnight!
Well today marks week 11 for Rhys. Little man likes to eat, sleep, poop, and de-sat. Not much has changed since Monday. He weighs 1610 grams (3lbs 9oz). His vent settings haven't really changed and his O2 requirements remain in the 50% range. The doctor thinks the reason for him de-satting so much is that he has a soft trachea. The muscles in his trachea are weak and collapse around his breathing tube and thus his O2 saturation drops to the 30s. The albuterol they give him supposedly only makes the problem worse. So it's a balancing act to try and wean the albuterol and keep his airways open. The doctors say the only he can do is to out grow the problem. This means he will stay on the ventilator a little bit longer instead of trying to extubate him and get on the CPAP (which pushes oxygen through the nose).

3 comments:

Brian said...

Good to see that he truly enjoys dropping the rumbler from time to time. He takes after his uncle in that respect.

Do my eyes deceive me, or is that a characteristic 'Honey'-cheek he's sporting in pic #3? Very nice.

Angie and Jason said...

Well he's growing and gaining, won't be long before he "grows out" of his soft trachea. I love these pictures, keep em' coming. He's so adorable! We'll keep prayin'. Love y'all.

Jesse and Brittany said...

He's getting a little bigger in every picture!!! SO wonderful- grow Rhys grow! Won't it be crazy when he's taller than Cody one day!?!

Also, Rhys has absolutely beautiful eyes... and Im sure pictures don't even do them justice! No way I could say no to those eyes either! Just too cute!

-Brittany