We were hoping Monday would bring us some more updates on Lewis's status. Things seemed pretty slow over the weekend. So when we went down to see Lewis this morning the nurse had some good news for us. Plastic surgery had stopped by and said it was ok for us to hold him! Now we didn't exactly get to "hold" him but it was close enough. He still has to be on his belly while his back is healing, so they put him on a pillow and let us sit with him and the pillow in our laps. It was great! He loved it, too. He just laid there and looked around as we took turns holding him in our laps.
While we were holding him, Dr. Beaumont (neonatologist) came over to talk to us. He informed us that Dr. Foody came by earlier in the morning and said that as far as neurosurgery goes, Lewis is good to go! Great news! Dr. Beaumont explained the rest of the steps needed for Lewis to head home. He has to be cleared by plastic surgery and by neonatal. To pass plastic surgery, he'll have to be able to lay on his back for an extended period of time. To pass neonatal he has to consistently be taking all of his feedings. That includes gaining a bit of weight. Urology will also need to do some testing on his kidneys once he's able to lay on his back.
So Lewis had a pretty big day today! Hopefully now that his feedings have leveled out at 65 mL he will be able to get used to his feedings quickly and put one more check mark on his "go home" list.
Here's some pictures:
Grasping his feeding tube... I don't think he likes that thing...
Hahaha! We love the funny faces he makes!