Friday, March 18, 2011

One week old...

And what a tough week it has been for this poor guy! I think he really regrets that decision he made to leave early...little turkey.

Well, after a couple of really hard days with not much good news, we have now had two days of good progress from little Davey Gravey. Where to start...they started him on the medication for his heart and were supposed to give him 3 doses of it. But unfortunately, Baby David started having a hard time. He was having way too many apnea episodes and also was unable to maintain his body temperature like he had been. He also had been acting lethargic and just not himself. They ran a quick blood cell count and came to the conclusion that he had developed an infection.

So, they started him on antibiotics that night and took some cultures to see what the infection was and where it was located. Because of all the problems going on and the antibiotics, they decided to not worry about that last dose of the heart medication. I also remembered that I had a cold sore a few days before I delivered him and because of that they also decided to give him some antiviral medication, just in case I had infected my newborn child with HERPES. So sad. All of this was really just preventative stuff, because they didn't really know for sure what was going on.

For the past couple of days things have been looking better. He hasn't been having as many apnea episodes (he is on caffeine to help with it though), his blood cell count looks good and he seems to have more energy. Also, so far all of the cultures have been negative, so it may have just been a little bug that got him. They haven't repeated the echocardiogram yet to see if the vein in his heart has closed, but the nurses don't hear a murmur, so they may not need to give him the 3 dose.

He still isn't taking any food yet, just his IV. The doctor thinks that they can start feeds tomorrow or the next day if his apnea continues to look good. So, basically we are still a LONG way from taking him home.


Loving some cuddle time


Isn't that IV on his head the saddest thing ever?

And I can't forget this cutie!
Davey is a week old? WOW!

9 comments:

Bud & Kim said...

Thanks for the update. I'm so glad that you were given some good news after the not so good news. I'm also glad that you have some family around. Let me know when you are ready for a yummy dinner.

Tanner and Chelsey said...

Oh Laura, that IV in his head is the saddest thing ever...How are you holding up? David and your family will continue to be in our prayers!

Jathan and Heather said...

Still thinking about you guys & cute little David. Hang in there. Love you lots!

MG said...

He inherited apnea from his mother. You stopped breathing many times in your first week of life. Scared the crap out of us.

Wendi said...

I'm so glad you get to cuddle with the little guy.

Marcus, Angie & Bug said...

i hope he grows and develops fast! poor guy! he's still so cute, even with that sad IV in his head. good luck. hope you are doing good as well.

nomadic gnome said...

oh larsie! thinking about you guys so much. lots of prayers coming your way.
davey gravey is so handsome.

Sophie said...

Thinking of you and praying for Davey. Hoping he's making progress!

Wendi said...

How are you guys holding up? I just worry about your little guy and hope your little C is coping with a teeny tiny little brother.