Well the good news is, we are up to full feeds of 56ml/hr and he's doing great with that so far! His g-tube is still racked, and will have to be for another week or so, then we can work on condensing feeds into boluses.
We were hoping to be home-free today, but Clay's coughing is worrying me. He coughs and hacks and coughs and hacks, turns blue and breaks out in a clammy-sweat...I suction and suction and give saline drops and do breathing treatments. Once he's over the coughing fit, he'll huff and puff and retract and just flat out looks like he's struggling. He's been on 26% oxygen since surgery--which hasn't been totally necessary until lately. We had to bump him up to 35% this morning and he's still hanging out in the low 90's. His heart rate has been elevated over the past couple of days, too. Something's just not right. But we had chest x-rays done yesterday and they looked fine. He hasn't had a fever, either. It's just so frustrating not knowing what is causing all this and so pitiful to see him so puny. If it is something viral, something that may be lingering from our rubber-ducky incident--the cough has been lingering since then, but it's obviously taking more of a toll on him now--if it is something like that, then I'm perfectly fine with taking him home and setting up our Clay-ICU again. I'd rather have him home, where he can rest and be more comfortable...I just don't want to take him home and have to come right back! So, we will be here for another day or two until we get something figured out.
Y'all say a prayer for my lil man. This never gets any easier :(