It’s Tubular, Dude

July 27, 2013 at 10:22 PM Leave a comment

Ever since the surgery, Eliana has had some issues with fluid retention and kidney function.  The doctors – at least so far – think that it’s a side effect of the trauma from surgery and not some other sort of damage.  But it’s something they’re watching very closely as they try to cut down on her fluid retention.

Up until now, she’s been fed nutrients through the ‘central line’ in her umbilical cord and has been given very small amounts of breastmilk through a tube that goes through her nose to her belly (called an NG tube).  To help out we’re trying not to tell too many jokes. You know – so she doesn’t shoot the milk right back out her nose. (insert rim shot here)

But she’s been increasing the milk feedings for the past couple of days and last night they removed the central line so she’ll only be getting the milk (though maybe with some fortified formula mixed in as necessary).  So today, Eliana kept at it and began trying to breastfeed.  Needs work, but she’ll get there. Between Amy and the bottles that will be provided by the nurses, she’ll have plenty of practice over the next few weeks.

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