Anna got to see Jaime for a few minutes today. He is in an incubator and is eating ok by mouth so they took out his ngt. I don't know how much or often they are feeding him though. He is getting antibiotics and the neonatologist said that he is very sick with an infection and is on a lot of antibiotics through his IV. These first few days will be touch and go, but if he survives, he thinks he will probably stay in the hospital with them for the next month! He was able to explain everything to Jaime's dad as well.
We found out from one of our tias who just had a premature infant a few days ago and her baby is in the same place as Jaime that they won't come out of the incubator till 1.8 kg. That's a pretty legit weight. Then if they are still eating everything by mouth they go to the second nursery where the mother (or surrogate in his case) kangaroos him all day long to keep him warm and feeds him....ie, does skin to skin contact with Jaime down her shirt so that he is warmed by her body heat. It's actually a cool phenomena and there are studies to show that the mothers would actually run a fever to keep the baby warm. Also, it's great for bonding. Don't know how that works with a surrogate tia caring for a motherless baby, but you get the idea. So the doctor thinks Jaime will be there for awhile which is great news for him and us!
Please continue praying for Jaime and the hospital staff that is taking care of him, especially in these next few critical days. Please pray for his father who loves him dearly and is worried about him. Jaime's mother just died on the 14th, so I'm sure he is still quite in shock and mourning and very scared for his tiny son!
Posted by erin at 12:23