As though having so many internet fans wasn't enough, Blaise's story will be hitting the airwaves tomorrow afternoon. Mix 98.5 is doing a telethon to raise money for Children's and once an hour they have families come on the air to tell their story of how Children's helped them. We were asked to participate and I'll be going on at 2PM tomorrow afternoon. We'll see how much the story of one strong little baby with a short bowel can inspire people to give. If they post the interview on their website, I'll be sure to link to it.
Also in the donation vein (pun very much intended), we'd like to encourage everyone who is able to take the time to donate blood this month. Blaise was saved during her first surgery by the availabilty of donated blood products and thousands of others are helped every year by people who take the time to give blood. They always need all blood types, but Children's has a particular need right now for O-negative, which happens to be Blaise's blood type. If you are O-negative and would like to donate blood specifically for her surgery, let us know and we'll tell you how to do that. Any blood donated for her that she doesn't need will be made available for the general population. But again, they always need healthy blood of all types, so no matter where you are or what your blood type is, we'd really like to encourage you to donate.
Blaise is now pushing the 6-pound mark, weighing in at 2.7 kilograms. She's holding on at 192 mL (about 6.5 ounces) of milk a day. In less great news, her g-tube (the one that's implanted in her stomach) fell out this morning. It's not that big a deal, in the scheme of things; they can put it back in right in her room, but then we had to go to radiology to make sure it was in right and she was a very grumpy baby. We also found out that March 12 (1 week from today) will be when they do the imaging study to find out how much of her large intestine is intact and whether there are any more blockages. We're hoping for the best, but if all she has is what we're working with now, we can keep working with that.