Thursday, January 5, 2012

What a difference a day makes!

Thank you for all the extra prayers!  Theo seems to be feeling much better today.  The fever is gone, and all other systems seem to be working better.  He seems a lot more comfortable today and has spent more time awake than any other day in the past two weeks.  So far, there has been no sign that the bacteria caused the fever, which is an answered prayer.

Here is a shot from yesterday.  The IV had to be put in his head, but he did not seem to mind too much.

Now, here is Theo today!  Nick caught a smile on camera.

What a difference a day makes!

On the dialysis front, the nephrologist has now increased Theo's fill volume to 110 ml, and the dialysis time has been cut from 24 hours to 20 hours.  Depending on how the lab results look tomorrow, the nephrologist may try Theo on the Cycler for a short time in the next few days.  We are encouraged!

Once we know that the Cycler is working well, we will be another step closer to bringing Theo home.  He will need a feeding tube (g-tube) surgically placed, since he is not eating well enough on his own.  But that is ok!  Nick and I want to make sure that he gets all the calories that he needs, so we think the g-tube is a good option.  (Plus, I have read that the vast majority of kids on peritoneal dialysis need g-tubes.)  Theo will be on antibiotics for the peritonitis until next Thursday, so the surgery will probably be sometime after then.

We are so thankful for Theo's progress today!  Thanks for the prayers!


  1. It's amazing. He is amazing. I just realized that this cute lil boy has gone through more in the past month then some of us will our entire lives! It is a miracle. He is a miracle. And a tough lil guy!!! What a fighter! :)

  2. Awesome!! Camden's praying for him every night. The only thing he can say is "bebe EO" :) But we're praying!! He's a strong little guy and just think when he has a booboo in a few years he probably won't even cry! :)

  3. Yay Theo! Isn't it GREAT to feel better.
    Love & prayers from the Gutierrez family