Monday, December 21, 2009

...if only in my dreams.

No pics today, as I haven't had time to download from my camera, but I wanted to post a quick update.

I'm reluctant to get too optimistic because, though The MVP continues to make daily progress, he seems to be approaching his release asymptotically (thanks to Suelika for the phrase, which is math-speak for making constant progress but never actually reaching your goal).  And this Sunday the sad realization set in that, given how far he had to go, The MVP almost certainly wouldn't be home for Christmas.

But hold the phone - some big moves in the last two days and a Christmas homecoming, though far from assured, may be back on the table.  Here's what's happened so far since Saturday night:
 - after generally doing much better with bottle-feeding, they've stopped using the feeding tube all together (though they haven't yet removed it, just in case)
 - The MVP's weight, which had dropped below 5 lbs 11 oz at one point, has made a rapid comeback and just reached his birth weight of 6 lbs 7 oz
 - From the last time we posted, the MVP's feeding amount has been thrice raised, to 35, 40, and just now 45ccs per feeding
 - The IV rate has now been reduced to a very low amount and --knock on wood with both fists and stomp on your hardwood floor-- could conceivably come out as early as tomorrow

His main issue now has to do with stamina while feeding.  We practically have to torture the little guy to keep him awake while he eats (more on this in a future post) - but eat he must if he is to leave the din of the ICU for the comforts of home, and meet the rest of his family.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Good Job MVP! Sound like he is now making exponential progress (you can ask Suelika what that means ;-) Looking forward to meeting the little guy. Merry Christmas!