The doctors have begun the process of Katie’s nutritional rehabilitation.
To sum up in simple terms…
They’re starting her out on a very small amount of higher-calorie food (significantly higher than breastmilk, so I’m back to pumping for the future) through her NG tube, with IV fluids keeping her hydrated.
At regular intervals, the amount of food is increased and IV fluids proportionately decreased.
As the amount of higher-calorie food is increased, her risk of developing re-feeding syndrome will also grow. So she is being closely monitored to watch for any signs that she is trending in the wrong direction.
The head doctor here has said that the next few days will be the most critical. We are eager for her to get past this critical point, and to be able to receive my milk again.
It is wonderful to know that so, so many people are praying for her. Thank you for doing this work on her behalf.
A couple of you have asked for her address, so until Joseph can put it over there on the sidebar for me, it’s right here. [When I asked the nurse for the correct address, she said that pretty much the only gifts not allowed in here with Katie are flowers or plants.]
Katerina Hope Musser
c/o Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
34th St. and Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399