Archie is doing well and as you can see he’s been extubated for a day or two now. He has been in a bit of pain what with the jaw stuff coming off again, so he’s got some meds for that and also probably as a consequence of that he didn’t fully cooperate with a… Continue reading Tubes out
Month: February 2010
This morning was the last turn of the screws. They have reached the predetermined end of their travel. Archie’s scheduled to have the hardware removed on Tuesday. It’s made a huge difference to his jaw, as you can see from this photo taken a couple of days ago. Otherwise everything is going well. He’s feeding… Continue reading Archie’s progress
I sometimes play Boggle at work. I usually lose to the resident Boggle players who are more experienced (at least lately) and have the 4-and-5-letter-words in L1 cache. But sometimes I get to pull out a good word. Often a Britishism which sometimes passes muster with Merriam-Webster, our official arbiter. The other day I spotted… Continue reading Boggle
This is Archie’s ventilator. As you can see it’s on very low settings because his lungs are working just fine. The 21 in the lower right is the percentage of oxygen he’s on – i.e. normal air. (He’s actually on a slightly higher setting now post-op because he’s on narcotics for pain which can depress… Continue reading The machines
Here’s Archie chilling in a new onesie. He’s pretty good at getting the “mittens” off and loves to pull on his tubes. After the op he is now sporting something like a large rigid armband over one elbow to stop him doing that.
Archie’s mandibular distraction went very well. We went with him to the OR at about 1.30pm and met some of the operative team which included anaesthesiologist, ENT doc, plastic surgeon and nurses. Although we left him there about 1.45pm, surgery didn’t start until 3.30pm owing to a scheduling backup and the fact that they didn’t… Continue reading Successful op
Op is tomorrow
Archie’s mandibular distraction is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday) at 12.30 PST. Should take a couple of hours. Here’s hoping for a great outcome and recovery.
We visited this morning and for the first time measured the reflected wavelength from v2.1’s optical sensors at about 475nm. For now, his eyes are blue. We also met with Dr Tcheng, one of the paediatric fellows currently on rotation, and she told us that he has been scheduled for jaw distraction surgery on Friday.… Continue reading Awake today
v2.1 had a CT scan this evening to assess candidacy for a jaw distraction. We’ll discuss more with Dr Bradley and the UCLA craniofacial doctors etc tomorrow. One thing’s for sure – v2.1 is getting about the best care he could get anywhere in the world. In the meantime Mrs Elbeno is home and pumping.… Continue reading Update
Elbeno v2.1 arrives
Archie Oliver Gryffin Deane, born 7th February at 2.41pm. 2835g or 6lbs 4oz, 48.5cm or 19in long. 4 weeks early! Mrs Elbeno is doing great after a short labour (only 8 hours this time!) and an all natural VBAC delivery. She can come home in a day or two which is quite a change from… Continue reading Elbeno v2.1 arrives