Monday, October 27, 2008
Morgan Kate had another chest x-ray this morning and Dr. B said it was not good. Her lungs are very cloudy and puffy and just don't seem to be getting any better. She is on the CPAP and her oxygen is still around 43%. Morgan Kate has been diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, a type of chronic lung disease. A preemie is typically diagnosed with this if he/she has been on supplemental oxygen for more than 28 days or still on oxygen at 36 weeks. Morgan Kate has been on oxygen for over 60 days and will be 36 weeks on Thursday. Today they started her on lasix again to get rid of any fluid that might be in her lungs. We are praying that this helps her some. Another alternative is to try a low dose, short course of steroids. The steroids are used only when all other options have been exhausted due to some of their possible short term and long term side effects. We talked with several doctors, nurses, and pharmacists today about the steroids and will continue talking with the doctors tomorrow before making any decisions. Everyone that we have talked with so far is in favor of the steroids. Please pray that God will help Travis and I make the right decision for our little girl.