Friday, August 03, 2007

She's not growing

After some promising growth last week, Abby has been holding steady or losing a little weight every day this week. She's still hovering just above 2.5 pounds, but the doctors and nurses are disappointed in her progress in that department.

They've started adjusting her feeding again, even giving her liquid nutrition through an IV rather than giving her as much milk. She's been dumping again, which means she's getting rid of nutrients before she can absorb them. At this point, they're just going to keep trying to make her gain weight by messing with her feedings. The goal now is to get her to grow enough so they can reconnect her intestines.

There also was some concern the lack of weight gain could be caused by an infection, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Also, that resistant bacteria on her skin seems to have gone away, but she still has to stay in isolation for several more weeks worth of negative tests for the bacteria.

Overall, Abigail still is doing well. She is breathing well and generally is content. She just needs to grow!

We've started making preparations for Abby coming home, even though that's still at least a month away. This weekend's big project will be moving stuff into a storage unit so we'll have space to turn our office into an office/nursery.


At August 04, 2007 10:01 AM, Blogger Rick said...

Take the small victories for what they are... victories! Ryan, the faith you guys have displayed through all this is really amazing. Our girls have rarely even had colds, so I can't imagine what the 3 of you are going through. We'll continue to pray for each of you.

At August 05, 2007 12:00 AM, Blogger Stacy said...

Have fun getting the nursery together! You will treasure all of your memories, but after the roller coaster you have been on getting to bring your little girl home to her room will be such a special day!!!


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