Today was a good day except for one thing.....Thomas had a bloody stool.
Best case scenario is that it was caused from all of the bleeding from surgery, or from the heparin he is currently receiving.
Worst case scenario is NEC- necrotizing enterocolitis. His xray looked good, his belly is soft, and his lactic acid level is still decreasing, so hopefully this is not the case! It is concerning though since his white cell count and CRP were elevated this morning. To be safe, Flagyl was added in addition to his Vancomycin and Gentamicin (antibiotics), and he will remain NPO (nothing by mouth- but he's never been fed by mouth!) Pediatric surgery came by for a consult and they think he looks good too. They will be following his xrays and labwork and keeping a close eye on things. We would really appreciate prayers in regards to this!
We did get some good news today....Thomas will probably get his chest closed in the next few days if he continues to do well! Yay!!
Another great thing is that we have basically weaned off of Epi! Now just on Dopamine and Milrinone. They keep Epi going at a minimal rate just so its ready to go if they need it before the close the chest :)
We have been so blessed by the excellent care Thomas is receiving here at Egleston. Our nurses and doctors are all wonderful!
Everyone keeps asking if we are going home for Thanksgiving....no, we are not. We are going to be very content to be sitting in the CICU with Thomas.....we have so much to be thankful for!!!