Micah got a new tube 3 weeks ago. Apparently that tube was not positioned correctly to start with, or it has somehow dislodged since then. This is likely the cause of his significant pain over the weekend. Funny... he had an abdominal x-ray on Sunday in the ER and the ER docs said the tube was in the right spot. But this morning in radiology, they looked at the same film and said it didn't look right. Of course, the specialty radiology dept looks at these things all day so they can tell pretty much right away by looking at a film. It's not a huge surprise that an ER doc wouldn't know if it was in the right spot or not. But they shouldn't have said it was good without knowing for sure. They actually considered sending us home last night!
Poor baby was so dehydrated they couldn't get an IV line into him. After tries by two phlebotomists, they had to call in the expert from anesthesiology. He finally got a line at 12:45am and got a large push of fluids which he's still getting on continuous drip. By 7:30am he still hadn't urinated (they needed to test it), so they put in a catheter and STILL couldn't get anything. All was better a few hours later, but he was incredibly dehydrated.
He didn't cry at all overnight. It was as if he was thinking, "Finally... no belly pain."
We're here for a couple more days, I think. Micah is getting some milk via his J-tube, as well as IV fluids. The rate of milk will go up consistently until he's at his recommended volume (which he'll hit around 11pm tomorrow night). If he tolerates that overnight tomorrow, then we go home and all is well. But the prevailing thought of his GI doc is that there are other issues going on in there. So we'll see if he hits a wall before hitting his full volume.
Mark is kindly swapping with me tonight and he'll sleep in Micah's room. We were again fortunate to get a room at the Ronald McDonald House (they called last night at about 7:30 saying someone had just checked out and we could get the room if we could get there in 15 minutes... Mark slept there last night). So tonight I get a night of sleep tonight away from baby noises and pump beeps. G'nite!
Suspense by Rachel Dylan
5 weeks ago