Samuel had another good kidney report showing his creatinine levels have reduced further to 56 which is within the normal range for his age. The surgeons want to see these levels maintained over the rest of this week at which point we will need to decide about whether to use a catheter to drain his bladder or to undergo a procedure to perforate his bladder so his urine continually drains straight into his nappy. There are pros and cons to both options which we'll learn about in due course.
He doesn't look as yellow as his jaundice seems to be clearing. This evening they took bloods to check his liver and other functions, this blood is taken from his heel which is difficult to bleed and is now covered in prick marks. More blood has been taken than he can replace so he will have a blood transfusion tomorrow. This evening he also had a chest x-ray to see if his lungs have improved since being on CPAP for 2 days and the results will arrive tomorrow. He'll remain in NICU for the rest of the week and then once he comes off CPAP and his breathing has stablised they will move him across to Starship where the paediatric surgeons are based to continue his treatment.
For those in Auckland interested in visiting Samuel, make sure you text/email us first to make sure we are at the hospital as we have to be there for you to visit him (and sorry that children aren't permitted to visit him while he's in NICU).