Friday, June 03, 2005

Camilla weighs 3 pounds now! She was born six weeks ago at 759 grams (1 pound, 11 ounces) and dropped to 612 grams (1 pound, 6 ounces) within a few days, so her weight has more than doubled. She is fed 26 ml of enriched milk every 3 hours, which gives her 168 calories every day. A proportional quantity for an adult would be around 9000 calories/day.

They discontinued her caffeine today, which means that she is now breathing without any help.

Her hydrocephalus is still a problem though. They remove 20 ml from her head three times a week, but it is still growing at 2-3 times the rate it should. Her head circumference is now up to about 33 cm. They expect to install a drain (VP shunt) in three or four weeks. We're hoping it won't be necessary; shunted infants typically have a variety of developmental problems. Though other than an unusually large head, she doesn't currently display any symptoms of hydrocephalus.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

my dear camilla,

it was about 31 yrs ago when my little miracle weighed 3 pounds; now he is 150.

i think of you everyday and will always be in my heart.

lola mona