I am getting ready to head home to be hang out with Isla, but wanted to post another good report on Oakes. He had an uneventful round of pheresis today, followed immediately by chemo. About an hour ago a drainage tube was placed in his abdomen to help eliminate fluids that he is not peeing out. Immediately his Doctor pulled out 70mL of fluid, and about 20 minutes later another 33mL. That is nearly 3.5 ounces, a lot of fluid for a 10lb baby. As much as we love the chubby cheeks they should disappear a bit this weekend because of the drain. Eliminating the fluids will make him more comfortable and will elevate pressure being placed on all of his organs, especially his lungs.
Rounds just passed, and Dr. Doctor summed up the week nicely. He shared that he is very pleased with what Oakes has done in the last week. He thinks Oakes' pace is a good one, and that he couldn't have asked for him to do more this week. That is my miracle baby named Oakes! Slow and steady, strong and stable with "mighty momentum"!
I am praying for a super boring weekend for the Ortyl's, but I hope that all of you have a few days of excitement and fun. Much love, Becky
Oakes & Kim...another girlfriend and admirer! We LOVE you, Kim!