Now for the fun part! He has been spitting up and throwing up a couple of times today. When Dr. Dodd, the heart transplant doctor, was checking on him today, he totally lost it. He was madder than I have ever seen a baby and nothing would calm him down. His heart rate got all the way up to 203 beats per minute and he was screaming like he was in a lot of pain. I was standing there feeling about as helpless as a mom can feel and getting quite worried. Finally, I sat him up, rubbed his back and he threw up. After that, he was totally fine and went right to sleep. Dr. Dodd said that it was a very good sign for his heart function that it could get that high, come back down and regulate itself. She said that a lot of transplanted hearts just stay at one level and do not do a good job regulating themselves. I was sitting there thinking to myself "a heart rate of 203, are you crazy... but I'm glad you think that is a good sign" HA!!
Now let me try to explain why the doctor thinks he did this today:
Reed gets medicines at 6am, 10am, 2pm, and 10pm every day. Reed is on a medicine called lasix to help him pee off extra fluid from his body which in return causes his electrolytes to be low causing his mag. and potassium levels to be low. Therefor, Reed has to get extra magnesium and potassium which can cause your stomach to have sharp pains. They increased his magnesium input this past Friday which is when he began spitting up his milk. This has gotten progressively worse over the weekend. So it is going to be a balancing act to get his medicine right along with him keeping his milk down. Please pray that the doctors will have the wisdom to figure out what works for Mr. Reed so that he can get the medicines he needs and the nutrition he needs to gain weight. Sorry for such a long explanation!
On a lighter note, here are some pictures of the boys this weekend sporting their favorite teams! I promise that Braden wears more than just polo outfits but it seems that every picture he wears polo. I however cannot say the same for Reed's outfits....he loves to be shirtless!
Braden has really started to develop more of a personality this past week. He also loves to chew on his hands.
He also loves Baby Einstein videos. I thought I would try one the other day and he sat there for 30 minutes watching it.
My mom gave him this ugly tye-dyed bunny and he loves that too. Can't you tell by the expression on his face below:-)
Braden loves to see the world. He cannot stand it if he thinks that he is missing out on something. I think that he is going to be a little like his mom...a talker and always wanting to know what is going on!
Ryan was singing a song to Reed and this was the response that he was getting out of him. The lyrics said something like "So guys don't bring your girl to meet me, cause I'm a flirt. And baby don't bring your girlfriend to eat, cause I'm a flirt. Please believe it unless your game is tight and you trust her then don't bring her 'round me because I'm a flirt!" If you know Reed then you would understand that he really is a flirt with all the ladies at Vanderbilt!
Please continue to pray for us. Who knows when we will get to go home but it will happen when the time is right. Reed is in the best care at Vandy and they will send him home when the time is right. It is a little hard to keep waiting but what are a few more days or weeks added onto 97 days at the hospital!!!!