Sunday, February 13, 2011

Recovery ~ Day 3

Today is a little bit of a bitter sweet day. Tanner is still doing awesomely well. But Kollin, my dad and Gwen all flew home today. So I am once again a crying basket case for not having my Kollin here with me until next weekend. It was so nice to have him here though, even if it was for such a short time!

We miss you already Daddy!

Anyway, today Tanner has been making more improvements. They are lowering him off of more heart medications and other things that I can't remember what they are or what they do. All I know is that he doesn't have as many pumps putting stuff into his little body.

The medication that helped to produce more urine apparently worked VERY well. He is actually getting a little dry, and he is peeing so much, they are having to replace some of his electrolytes to compensate. He has also been peeing so much, he soaked completely though his blanket that Aunt Corey made for him, so I have to go get it washed so we can use it again! That's my over achiever for ya!

We were able to start bottle feeding him again today. When they first tried early this morning, he wasn't coordinated enough to suck so the nurse push it. My dad and Gwen came to see him before they all had to leave, and Gwen helped him with his bink and worked on teaching him how to suck again. It was so cute!

A few hours later the nurse was able to get him to eat a little. A few hours after that, Kollin got him to eat even more.

Then a few hours after that, I was able to get him to eat a little, but not as much as Kollin was able to. I don't know how he does it! He has always been able to get Tanner to eat more than anyone else can. Too bad he is gone now!

And of course I got to clean up after him...

Also today we were able to remove the oxygen from his face since he has been breathing pretty well. So he looked normal without anything on his face for a little while! (cept all the red from where the tape was)
This didn't last too long though. His oxygen level kept dropping for a while so they decided to put it back on. Oh well. No biggie.

They were also getting a little worried about his blood pressure and heart beat. His blood pressure was really low, which is where they want it right now while he heals. But his heart beat was a little raised.

They gave him some liquids by IV to see if that would help. It did, but not for long. One of the doctors then decided to give him a quick echo to see if everything was in working order and if something may be wrong inside.

Everything looks great! So apparently, there isn't anything to worry about.

The doctor that did the echo was also very surprised that he was throwing a fit just before the echo, but a couple minutes into it, he fell right asleep. She couldn't understand why he likes it so much. Usually babies will not put up with getting that cold gel on them and having the ultrasound probe all over their body.

Tanner on the other hand looks like he loves it, and that it soothes him for some odd reason. I suggested they should keep the echo machine parked by his crib, and whenever he starts crying to just start probing at him to get him to calm down.

She thought it was a pretty good idea, but still took it away when she was done. Darn!

Now it is just Kathy (Kollin's mom) and me here. I am so glad that everyone has been able to come out here to help support us, and so I don't have to be all alone.

I am now watching Kathy as she is trying to get him to take his bink and keep his hand away from his face.

In the pictures, you can probably see that one of his arms has a big splint on it. It is because the line they have going into that arm is pretty fragile, and it is for measuring his blood pressure and when they take blood to test stuff.

At the moment, he is trying to suck his thumb on that hand and keeps whacking his face with the splint. It's pretty cute watching her fuss over him. Such a cute grandma!

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