My little munchkin is all the way up to 20 mls per hour of Nutren Jr. through his new Gtube!
I confirmed with surgery today that he does indeed have internal staples in his stomach, so advancement will continue to be s l o w...
If you recall, he wasn't allowed to begin feeds until he was three days post-op which means that including NPO time before surgery, he hadn't had anything in his belly for 4 1/2 days.
They don't want his stomach stretching any until they're sure the muscle has healed. He has a terrible history of his incisions opening up (dehiscing), after surgery. So slow it is. As they slowly increase his feedings, his IV is slowly being reduced. Hopefully within the next two days he will be at full feeds, or what "full" will be for a while. Once we reach that goal and he can tolerate it well, we can go home!
He had a pretty good day today. As long as his pain meds were kept on schedule he stayed comfy and happy. He isn't able to sit up to play but we still had a few giggles and his awesome smiles. For now he is content to have me next to him so we can play a hearty round of peek-a-boo.
Sweet dreams everyone!