NICU Day 16: May 25th, 2014

The doctors are still trying to figure out what’s going on with Emily’s belly. While her belly is still distended, it’s starting to soften up as things move through, which is good. She’s on IV fluids and antibiotics to treat possible infections while we wait for the blood and urine culture results (they take 48 hours to get back). She’s had to have a few more blood draws today- luckily all were heel sticks which are much easier on her than drawing blood from a vein.

She is still NPO (can’t eat), and is starting to get really mad about it…she is fussing and crying much more than usual, and is going to town on her pacifier, trying desperately to get something out of it 😦

A positive note from today was that she was off her oxygen, and on room air, for about 2 hours successfully, which was exciting! Her little lungs are getting stronger each day 🙂

The plan is to keep monitoring her, checking her blood/labs, doing X-rays to check her belly, until we have a better idea of what’s going on. There are many things that can cause what she has going on with her belly, all the way from the not-so scary (needing to poop/pass gas) to the scarier (an infection). We’re hoping and praying for the not-so scary!

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