Do you remember in elementary school when one of your friends made you laugh so hard that milk came out of your nose? Well, Hank has the opposite situation. The nurses are defrosting the milk that Meade has been pumping, and it is then poured into the tube that runs from Hank's nose down into his belly. He is getting 10 mL of milk every three hours right up his nose, and he seems to like it just fine. So far, no spitting up!
Some other details of Hank's progress:
1. His head circumference did not change from yesterday. We are watching this closely to monitor the pressure inside his head. No change is good news.
2. His seizure drug levels are continuing to drop, and the seizures have not returned. The doctors are going to wait until Wednesday to test again in order to save him a "heel stick."
3. He sucked our fingers very strongly today. This puts him a step closer to drinking from a bottle. His gag reflex is still too weak, however. Once this gets stronger, we'll try bottle feeding. When he is good at that, we'll move him to the breast.
4. This afternoon, he started doing full body stretches.
Once again, we enjoyed the company of many visitors, including Meade's cousin Jana and her husband, Aaron, from Alaska. They are both physicians with lots of baby experience, so we were glad to see big smiles after their visits with Hank.