Today we had Elsie's 60 day care conference with her doctors and nurse practitioner. Overall, it was fairly uneventful and there was nothing really new or earth-shattering. We discussed Elsie's progress in various aspects of her life, such as:
She had another eye exam today, and is still showing no signs of ROP, which is great. She is gaining weight nicely, and is almost up to 3 pounds. She is pretty close to the 10th percentile on weight.
Her biggest concern at this time is to get her breathing under control. She's not wearing this funny CPAP (called Hudson prongs) with the "helmet" anymore-- I guess the prongs kept falling out of her nose. So she's back to the CPAP that she had on before (called Ram prongs), which I just realized that I don't really have any pictures of her with except for this fuzzy one:
The nose prongs on the Ram are more flexible than the Hudson, so they stay in better.
Anyway, she's making progress with her breathing, slowly but surely. She will very likely be on oxygen when she goes home.
The next goal we are working toward is getting her breathing regulated enough so that she can learn to eat by mouth. She will have to have progressed off the CPAP and have just a nasal cannula before this can happen.
She is still not showing any obvious signs of brain trauma, such as her head growing too quickly. I don't think they can tell a whole lot right now if she does have brain damage, and I don't want to ask. It's another "wait and see" that I'd rather not worry about right now.
All things considered, Elsie is progressing well. I'm trying to think of something profound or interesting to say, but it's just not coming. Good night, everybody.