Today was a bit of a mixed bag – that ended well. The good news is that the antibiotics appear to be working and the NEC is clearing up. Audrey will remain on IV feeding only for probably 2 weeks – but surgery (at least for now) has been averted. The challenge of the day was to get the IV into her that will be her source of nutrition. Because of the volume and duration it needs to be a ‘deep’ IV – set into a large vein. They tried for over 3 hours – sticking her literally from head to toe. In the end they had to put her under general anesthesia and put the IV in her chest. But she came thru that OK and now they have it set with two tubes – one to draw blood and another for feeding, so the poking should be over for a while. She is proving to be very resilient and strong in spite of all they are putting her thru. She was in some obvious discomfort today so they gave her a little morphine which should help. She is down to about 4 lb 11 oz – but should begin to put some weight back on as the IV feeding progresses.