Zoe hangs on. Her blood pressure has been as low as 24/12 and is the immediate concern. She cannot be sustained at that level. Here is the raw medical assessment: Because of infection from her perforated bowel, her capillaries have opened up and leaked fluid into her surrounding tissue. She has a very visible edema. She is on strong antibiotics to try to beat the infection back. Until the infection is defeated, any medication to control her blood pressure will be like trying to bail out a leaky boat with a bucket. I just peeked my head in the door and her current blood pressure was 34/15, a little better than before, but still critically low. She has been on antibiotics for approximately 24 hours, and gets another dose every 12 hours.
We chatted with a social worker and they have a service here where they get professional photographers to take beautiful artistic pictures of critically ill babies in the NICU for free. A photographer will be arriving at 3 to take pictures of our babies. Shortly thereafter, we will be meeting with the attending neonatologist to discuss Zoe’s progress and what the next steps may be.