Hope has had a busy couple of days. On Wednesday she got to cuddle up on Mommy's chest. Mommy and Hope were so happy that the nurses let them cuddle for 3 1/2 hours! This is the first time that Hope has been able to cuddle in over a month.
Hope also was able to meet her Grandpa Holtz for the first time yesterday afternoon. She was very happy to finally get to see him after so many people had told her all about him.
The best news for Hope on Wednesday was that she weighed in at 920 grams - a whole TWO pounds!! This means that she has continued to gain weight as everyone has hoped!
Today (Thursday) Hope has been very busy. She started out the day with a chest x-ray which discovered that her breathing tube was too far in so the respiratory therapist had to reposition the tube for her. A little bit later, the doctors decided that Hope needed some blood (she's still to little to make her own very well) so the nurses had to put in an IV for her to be able to receive the blood. Hope's veins are so small that it took three different people before they were able to get the IV in.
Hope also had a complete blood work up done today which showed that her platelet count was quite low. The doctors weren't sure the cause of this, so they got a tummy x-ray to make sure that she wasn't having more bowel trouble. The very good news is that Hope's tummy looks great, no trouble at all. So, in addition to her blood transfusion, Hope also received a platelet transfusion. A very busy day all around.
The doctors were concerned today that Hope might be coming down with an infection, because of the way she was acting early in morning and because her platelet count was so low. Just in case, they started her on some antibiotics - if Hope does really have an infection, it is imortant to help her fight it right away because she has no resistance to infections right now. The doctors ordered a lot of test or Hope today, and they will continue to monitor the results closely over the next couple of days.