Wow! Is Grey really two months old already? Time has really flown by. Grey is getting so big! She now weighs 2 lbs 8oz. and is 14 inches long. She has gained over 150% of her birth weight and grown 4 inches! Praise the Lord for His protection and healing!
In our last post, we mentioned two areas of concern for Grey — feeding and IV access. She is doing well but continues to face these challenges. She has had several IVs breakdown over the last few days but currently has a PICC line in her leg (this IV catheter runs through a vein in her thigh all the way up to her heart). It shows some signs of irritation but all blood cultures show no infection! Please continue to pray for secure IVs with no infection.
Grey still hasn’t received any stomach feeds since they stopped them five days ago because of her distended belly. They performed a GI study on her yesterday to make sure there was no twisting or blockage of her digestive track. This involved putting a dye into her stomach and taking a series of x-rays throughout the day to monitor its progression. Everything came out looking normal! It looks like she just needs continued growth and maturation of her stomach in order to tolerate food. They plan on starting her stomach feeds again tomorrow. As I mentioned in our last post, this time they will place her feeding tube lower in her stomach and place another tube in her upper stomach to ventilate the gas buildup. They will also start out by feeding her a formula with nutrients already broken down to make it easier for her stomach to digest. If she tolerates this for a few weeks, they will then slowly introduce plain breast milk, followed by fortified breast milk. Please continue to pray for her little belly.
Everything else is looking great! Her last dose of steroids was four days ago and her lungs look wonderful! She is breathing great at normal oxygen levels. She continues to have sporadic apneic episodes so they will continue to keep her on the vent for a little longer to give additional support when those occur. This is completely normal at this stage.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support!