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+ 0 - 0 | § More cute pictures!

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+ 0 - 0 | § Phlegm

It's not just a spelling bee word any more. Alex has been having some problems lately with thick secretion buildup in his throat. He can't swallow it, and he hasn't figured out that whole spitting thing, so it basically just blocks the back of his throat, making it hard for him to breathe. He sometimes coughs it, temporarily clearing the passage, but eventually, it just goes back down again. The nurses can suction it out, but that irritates his throat, causing more secretions. It's really a vicious cycle. Some days, he does well, but other days, like the last two, are no fun. Here's hoping that tomorrow is a good day!

+ 0 - 0 | § At least he got his IV out today

They needed to move his IV line today for some reason. Unfortunately, none of the new places worked, after having to stick him many places, both feet, several times in his head, arms, etc. Needless to day, he wasn't a happy camper. The doctors decided that for now he doesn't need to have an IV, as he was more or less finished with his antibiotics. At least it means he's got one less tube going into his body.

Other than the traumatic experience with the IV, he behaved very well today. I'm proud of him.

+ 0 - 0 | § He's awake!

Yesterday was the first time that Alex has been awake for most of our visit.  He spent about three hours looking around at us and the rest of the room like he was checking everything out.  It's really fun to see him developing his own little personality...and amazing to us how well adjusted he seems to be given what he's been through in his 23 days. 

Medically, everything seems to be stable with him right now.  He's finishing up a bunch of antibiotics that he was on for a slight infection that dated back to his venthilator days.  They've put him on a daily baby aspirin to help his heart, and he's on a diuretic to help clear his lungs.  Unlike earlier, he hasn't needed suction too much, and even when he's fussy, his oxygen saturation stays where it should be, instead of dropping while he turns bluish.  All in all, he's tolerating life pretty well.  Here's to more "boring" days ahead!!

+ 0 - 0 | § The emperor's new clothes...

Alex is actually weating real clothes today!  Dan and I finally went through all of the clothes that we've been receiving, and picked out the outfits that we thought he might fit into best.  Today, the nurse suggested that I give the little guy a bath, and put him in one of his new outfits (after he peed all over himself again), so I did.  I will attach a picture soon, but in the meantime, thanks to the Wiley's for giving Alex the first clothes of his own that he ever got to wear!  His new socks are just so adorable....

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