So Samuel and I hung out, had our first cuddle in a week, washed him (top and tail it's called) for the first time, then caught up with the friendly paediatric surgeon specializing in urology (Dr. Vipul who carried out the cystoscopy) who came in to check on him. He was very pleased to see that Samuel had begun to pass Miconium out his stoma (remember - intenstine brought to the surface of the stomach), in his words - 'it's fantastic!'. Further good news is that blood tests last night showed that Samuel's creatinine levels which are the only way to measure his kidney function at the moment, having risen from under 100 a week ago up to 170 on Friday,are now down to 110 on a downward trend, with 40 - 60 being normal for a new-born baby. His urine output is also in the normal range for a newborn, which is also a good indication that the kidneys are working. So thanks for your prayers about his kidneys, while they are not healthy, they are still functioning so that's something to thank God for.
I finally got out for a run this evening for the first time in 10 days, around the beautiful Auckland Domain which is right next to Auckland hospital and a popular cricket groundfor all those cricket fans (I'm not one of them) with beautiful ponds where our girls like to feed the ducks. It made me realize how long I've been couped up in this hospital and it was great to get out into the fresh air.
I left Samuel's bedside around 10pm tonight, I stayed with him later than normal as he was unsettled and crying a lot, which the nurses couldn't figure out as he's been quite placid the past week - although the morphine probably had a bit to do with that. His breathing sounded chesty so they ordered a chest x-ray which came back fine, and then blood tests to check his gas levels which also came back ok. His oxygen saturation levels have also dropped a bit so they're keeping an eye on those and may up his oxygen intake. So if you're still awake you could pray for a good night's sleep for Samuel and relief from whatever is troubling him. Time for bed, thanks for checking in on the little guy today, more news to come tomorrow.