7 weeks in the NICU and counting...it seems like a long time but it's actually flown by! I wish I could say he's coming home soon, but Kieran has a little more to overcome before he can be discharged, unfortunately.
So what next? The plan is to put Kieran back on caffeine again for one week, then re-test. Those who have read the blog from his birth will remember that he was on caffeine for awhile to help stimulate his lung function - and now we're hoping it will help straighten things out again.
While Josh and I are a little disappointed, we both know that we would not want Kieran sent home unless he was absolutely ready, and we know Kieran is where he belongs right now. He has been through SO much, what with acquiring the CMV virus, his kidney issues, two blood transfusions, and of course, just being born early! I think he's doing so well in spite of all of that, so with a little more time spent on working on his breathing issues I'm sure he'll be ready and raring to go. He's still doing wonderfully with all of his feedings and nursing like a champ. He's back to gaining weight (after losing a bit due to the diuretic he got last weekend) and his lab levels are coming back at mostly normal levels - even his protein levels have increased, YAY! I really think he is a strong, spunky little guy :) Here's hoping the caffeine is what he needs!