Henry met with the swallowing team, consisting of a speech pathologist and an occupational therapist. Everything is coming along well except for his gag reflex. They exercised that quite a bit, much to Henry's dismay. This is unpleasant but necessary work if he is to move to bottle feeding.
Henry had his first cranial ultrasound today. The technicians took pictures of his brain ventricles. Our neonatologist read the results and informed us that Hank's ventricles do not appear to be unusually swollen. Future tests will be compared against these results to monitor his progress in clearing the blood from the ventricles.
He gained a little weight (good), and his head circumference shrank a little (also good).
The line directly into Henry's umbilical cord has been removed and has been replaced by an IV in his arm. This switch will make holding him a lot easier and will facilitate some of the work that the occupational therapist wishes to do.
Finally, Henry is no longer lying naked to the diaper under an electronically-controlled heating lamp. He is now wearing clothes like a civilized baby. Perhaps he has done something wrong, though, because he now sleeps in baby jail:
We had many visitors today, including several of my friends from my office and Meade's cousins Dave and Michele. Unfortunately, they arrived at a rather busy time, and we neglected to snap pictures of them.
Tomorrow, Henry has a very important test. His neurologist has ordered an EEG to see if there is any seizure activity continuing in Henry's brain. If there is none, his seizure medication will be discontinued. If some remains, we expect that he will receive a maintenance dose of seizure medication for at least the next few weeks or longer.
Holding Henry before the IV change
Holding Henry after the IV change