Sunday, October 12, 2008

Big Girl Crib!!!

Happy Birthday!!!! Juliana is 3 months old now and for her birthday she graduated to a big girl crib. At 3lb 9.6oz they feel she is big enough and old enough to try out the crib. She had been set at crib conditions in her isolette for most of the day and was able to maintain her temperature. We will also have to watch to be sure she doesn't loose any weight. We don't want her to use too many calories trying to stay warm.

On Friday she went down to the OR to be seen by the ENT specialist. He took a look with a microscope at her airway with the hopes of extubating her again. She is extubated now and the ENT feels that she doesn't need a trach at this point although it is still an option. She shows no signs of subglottic stenosis (narrowing of the airway) and her vocal chords look great. This is more than we could have asked for. She seems very comfortable with the NIPPV and her new crib.

The plan for now is to continue with feeds through her feeding tube right now of 1cc per hour continuous and and then refeeding the contents of her ostomy bag in to the right stoma. To date we have not seen any stools from her rectum, but I am sure she will leave us some poopies soon. This will continue untill the surgeons feel she is ready to have her intestines put back together.

Please continue to pray for Juliana. All of your prays are so appreciated and definitely in need.

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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.