Aidan also seems to be doing a great job growing his esophagus!! Today Dr. Hess and Kirsti (Dr. Foker's NP) began the process of adding "straws" to his "buttons" As you can see in the picture below, lots of straws got added. Basically to help you understand what you are looking at i'll explain it a bit. Each "button" has 3 sutures, so if after looking at the daily x-ray they see growth, one person will grab a clamp and pull on each suture one at a time to get more tension and then the other doc will add tiny pieces of straws/coffee stirrers (by the way, they really do look like coffee stirrers) until they aren't able to add more. For Aidan today, 2 of the sutures got 4 straws added, 2 got 3 straws, 1 got 2 straws and another only got 1 straw. I was amazed by how many straws he got on his first day!!!!! If we keep up at this rate I really think it will be less than 2 weeks of growing, i'll have to ask the docs later tonight or tomorrow what they think!
In more good news, Aidan has lost some of his inital hook-ups and wires. The IV that was in his right arm was no good anymore, so they took that out and just a few hours ago they took out his Foley Catheter. The catheter wasn't quite doing it's job--he was able to pee 113 grams into his diaper and then also managed to pee on the bed(we aren't quite sure how he did that! LOL)