Sunday, March 23, 2008
Easter Eve :l
Coop is back on continuous feeding at a very low rate (20/hr) with the new g-tube. Earlier he started fussing so the nurse let the tube vent, which is like burping out of the tube to release some of the air in his stomach. It's definately weird but it sometimes is all he needs to feel better and calm down. The weird part is that even though it comes out of the syringe it sounds like a real burp. When the tube was vented this afternoon, 20 cc of mostly formula came back up into the syringe so the nurse turned off his feedings for an hour to allow his stomach to empty. (That is an hours worth of food still in his stomach that hadn't drained) Then a hour later, he checked for any residual food (none left)in his stomach and then restarted the formula. Around 7:00 tonight I was rubbing Charlie's left cheek (thanks for the tip Jolene) to calm him a little and he vomited clear fluid which looked mostly like mucous so the feeding was turned off a second time and he was put on IV fluids. He recieved a thorough suctioning and a suppository and a half hour later he did the same thing, this time I thought it had a slightly sour odor. Since the bedding had to be changed again and the nurse was worried about aspiration while lying on his back, I held him in a sitting position while in the rocking chair for over an hour. His oxygen level mostly stayed normal and his lungs sounded clear after suctioning so we just rocked until the suppository gave me a false alarm. He has now been asleep for an hour after Ativan but hasn't pooped yet. The nurse gave Reglan to help settle his stomach and he has started back on the feedings. Despite having to be in the hospital, I have had a really good Easter hanging out in Charlie's room watching him sleep or fuss....either way...I love him so much.