His TP tube is now an NG tube (going only to his stomach, not his upper intestine) after it slipped out last night. They seem to think this is no problem, and replaced the tube today with a smaller, softer one.
His PICC line is out now. This was Jonah's decision, not the doctor's. Dr. Furlong had wanted to get it so that his right arm and hand would heal better and they could wrap it easier. However, she wanted to try him on oral pain meds for a couple days before removing it. He had other ideas. They started him on a different pain medication today (methadone), which they gave him orally. He was in a lot of pain today as they did his dressings, but hope to give him the methadone earlier, so that it will have more time to kick in before they have to do change his bandages.
His WBC count is 11.8, which is good. :)
His blood culture is still negative after four days, which is very good. :)
They have begun to turn off his feeding tube an hour before bottle time, in hopes that he will feel hungry and hopefully eat better. It worked for his 11:00 feeding. He was actually crying for it. He ate 25 of the 50 cc's in the bottle. It was encouraging. We have only attempted one bottle feeding since then, due to his hangover, but he wasn't interested at all. I'm about to go attempt another feeding here in a minute, so hopefully that will go better. Gradually the idea will be to only feed him by tube once every three hours (instead of constantly over 2 hours) in hopes that he'll get hungry and take the bottle before the tube feeding. And then, hopefully NO TUBE. It will be a slow process, but I'm looking forward to trying these changes.
Here are some pics from the last couple days.
A hat we fashioned out of burn netting. Jonah was cold.
Attempting to wash Jonah's hair. This is what happens when I tell Matt to take a picture of me washing baby's hair, and he doesn't know how to use the zoom out function on the camera.
Jonah and his new hair-do. As one of the commenters said, "Embrace the mohawk." He's one greasy little boy, and I LOVE him.
Matt attempting a bottle feeding with his only good hand, which unfortunately, happens to be his left one.