The main purpose of this blog is to keep everyone up-to-date on Andrea. However, enough of our family and friends read this that it's the best way to notify everyone of how I'm progressing as well.
So, let's start with Andrea. We are thrilled to announce yet another positive day for our baby girl. She is getting 5 ml of milk every three hours starting tonight. Every 12 hours the nurses continue to increase her feedings by .5 ml, and the new amounts are consistently tolerated. Her ventilator settings are still low end, and her most recent blood gases are normal. So, in the preemie world, she is thriving. We can hardly wait until Sunday, when we'll find out how much more she's grown. We believe the doctors are pushing food to help her catch up a little in size.
Now, the down side. I am back in the hospital. If you saw the post from Wednesday (3/11) you know that I've been having some recovery issues, and I had this nasty abscess that ruptured. Mom and I saw the doctor for a follow up today, and things are not healing as they need to. Somehow, a layer of muscle in my abdomen has torn, and I'll need surgery to repair it. The doctors can't repair it until there's no more infection, so I'm back at RWJUH on IV antibiotics. I'm going to be here at least 4 days - possibly longer, depending on how long it takes to clear up the infection. Once it's gone, the surgeons can repair the damage, and I can go home.
I am trying to see the positive in all this. We are unable to express how truly grateful we are that Andrea is doing so well. We wouldn't trade that for anything, even my own recovery. However, after the week I've had, I'm really ready to start feeling better myself. Please keep praying for Andrea - and maybe throw in a good word for me. I need a little break.
"Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance” Samuel Johnson