Sunday, May 15, 2011

May 15

Veronica has had a very good day today.  Her breathing continues to improve and her oxygen requirement levels remain fairly low.  The levels were in the 50's on Thursday when we were concerned that they might put her back on the ventilator.  The levels today were in the high 20's.   They have decreased the respiratory settings on the CPAP machine which means she is doing more breathing on her own. 

She is on full feeds of breast milk and is getting 6 ccs an hour into her TP tube which goes directly into her intestine.  Her weight this evening was 880 grams which is slightly more than 1 lb, 15 oz .  907 grams equals 2 maybe she'll get there in another day or two.

Veronica has her first eye exam on Wednesday and I am guessing there will be many more to follow.  Given how early she was born, Veronica is at high risk for developing retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), which is one of the leading causes of childhood blindness.  There are varying degrees of ROP and the good news is that most cases will resolve on their own.  But hopefully we won't even have to get to that point. 

Overall, Veronica is doing quite well for her age.  We thank you all for your prayers and continued support. 

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