Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Finally the cultures have stopped growing bacteria. It seemed like the infection was never going to clear. The cultures drawn on the 8th still show no growth. She actually had a few of her sutures removed yesterday and her ostomy is looking better. At first they were a really dark red and almost looked necrotized. Now they are looking more pink as they should. Not too much stool coming from the ostomy but she is also not being fed. Hopefully she will resume feeds in the next week. The doctors want to give her some time to heal on the inside. She is off her morphine drip and has not needed anything for pain except when they removed her sutures. She is up to 2lb 7 oz. (1100 grams). There has not been much change in her condition over the past few days. She is still intubated and will probably stay that way for a little while more. Her lungs are better than before and could probably tolerate her being extubated and put on CPAP, but her gut won't. So we are waiting for the condition of her intestines to improve before any changes will be made such as feedings and extubation. Please continue to pray for her.
Juliana Maria was born on July 12, 2008. She is a micro preemie born at 1lb 2oz. 11-1/2 in 23 weeks and 4 days gestational age.