Thursday, March 27, 2008
Get in my belly!
Charlie has gone from mellow yellow to sawing logs. Hee Hee. I can't believe how loud this little man snores. We are going to hold off for a bit on the bath so that he can utilize such a good nap! I love this nurse up here! I have been bombarding her with questions and she has answered every single one thoroughly. She also taught me how to vent his tummy and to "check his residuals" which(call me gross, whatever) is kind of cool. Basically, you pull all his stomach contents out including the bile and partially digested formula and measure how much is there. Half an hour ago he had 30 cc's which the nurse said is okay but not stupendous. Ideally she said anything around 15 is great, but they prefer to keep the number below 30 or so. She then taught me how to give him his meds and flush the tubing. I was surprised when she handed the meds over and closely watched as I pushed them to practice. Luckily, it is very similar to how you push meds through a normal IV which I have some experience with. The only difference is that you don't have to worry about keeping a sterile environment with his feeding tube because the stomach and colon are not one bit sterile or are they even intended to be! She then walked me through the basics on the pump and is going to find me some handouts so I can study up for when he goes home. I have already learned so much! Whew. I swear this nurse has as much energy as I do. Is that possible? -Shani