One good thing about our hospital room is that the water in the shower is hot. And the pressure is good. The shower isn't the cleanest (sorry, Sara) nor is it anything more than just a hospital bathroom. But I do love me a hot shower. Even though it's bad for my skin. And the best part is that several times throughout the shower, I'll hear someone somewhere flush a toilet. And for about ten seconds my water gets a burst of hotter water. Mmmmmmmm............................bliss.
Things here are good. Not great. But only b/c there's not much that's great about being in the hospital. This room is much smaller than the one at Vanderbilt, and so the walls are starting to close in on me a bit. And while I really have enjoyed my food three times a day (breastfeeding mothers get a tray), dinner is served at 4:00. What am I, retired in Florida? I'm starving by 8:00! So right now Matthew went to Amigo to get us some yummy Mexican food. I do hate it that downtown isn't really convenient to the interstate or any of the places we usually go to. But oh well.
Benjamin is improving more and more. He hasn't had any pain medicine in over two days. We're just waiting for him to eat normally again, and they're easing him into it. He did poop today, with the help of some Dulcolax, and seems to feel a little better. After over two weeks without a poop, I'd say so.
So here's the deal. Right now he has a tube down his nose that is going into his stomach past the repair in his duodenum. Through that tube right now he is getting only a minimal amount of breastmilk. (I think it's like 1/5 of an ounce per hour.) It's mainly still there just in case he starts to not do so well with the feedings by mouth, then it'll already be in place where it needs to be.
By mouth, Benjamin is now getting two ounces of breastmilk every two hours (if he's awake). That's up from one ounce at a time of Pedialyte yesterday and 1.5 ounces of breastmilk at a time today. The doctor said that if he tolerates two ounces at a time for awhile, then we'll do 2.5 ounces at a time and pull the tube from his nose. If he eats well all day tomorrow then there's a possibility we can go home on Monday. That would be perfect since Matthew has Monday off work anyway (MLK) and really needs to get back to work. (Remember: he hasn't worked since Wednesday the 7th b/c he went to Orlando.) I am thinking more like Tuesday that we'll go home but I think it's just b/c I don't want to get my hopes up.
I'll try to post some pics next time. There really aren't that many pics of cute Benjamin in a bed that look any different than the other ones, and that's about all we're doing. Oh, I'll take a picture of my dinner from Amigo and make all of you drool. :)