Sunday, July 27, 2008
Great news! They turned off Becca's IV fluids yesterday! She's totally on milk now! They pulled the PICC line (as it is an infection risk), but she will still have the feeding tube. She can't take a bottle yet, both because she can't suck, swallow, and breathe at the same time (a skill they usually develop around 34 weeks) and because there's not a bottle nipple small enough for her tiny mouth! Soon they will fortify her milk with some extra protein, which will hopefully help resolve the edema (which, apparently, is a normal preemie issue that isn't a problem, as long as it doesn't get bad enough to affect her breathing).