Sunday, October 26, 2008

Girl Updates

We had a very busy weekend. But still got to visit the girls often. As I type, Josh is taking his second mid term this weekend. Josh's mom flew home this morning. We are on our own until November 20th when my sister flies in. We are going to miss our moms excellent care. Tomorrow will be the first day in months that I will be home alone. It is going to take some getting used to.

Makaila - She is still on the vent but they decided to try reducing her breaths per minute (BPM) by 2 or 3 instead of 5. She was at 35 BPM's and gradually went down to 22 BPM's. So, she is doing much better. She is off all IV's since she is eating 18 ccs. every 3 hours. She now weighs 3 lbs. I know it's weird but I call her "Chunky Monkey". It's just weird to call a 3 lb baby that but she actually looks chunky now (esp compared to Sandra).

Hannah - She is back on her billi light and still on nasal cannula. She is now getting 5 ccs every three hours. The silly girl wiggled out of her diaper last night.

Samantha - I got to hold her for over 2 hours last night and it was amazing. She sure is a talker! Her little noises are so sweet. She is breathing on her own and I am so proud of her. She is up to 9 ccs of milk every 3 hours now.

Sandra - Friday I got to hold her. She is so tiny. The nurses call her "Peanut" a name that has followed her. She now weighs 1 lb 8 ozs. She required every one's extra attention AGAIN! I just know she is going to be a drama queen. With all the blood draws she had been getting and IV changes her heart rate was dropping too often. They said that her getting anemic can cause her heart rate changes. So, they had to give her extra blood yesterday. They also put in a pick line. It goes from her upper arm to her pulmonary artery. This IV line is supposed to last much longer. It was so hard to hear her cry when they were working on her. I just kept kissing Samantha and telling her that Sandra was ok.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

IT IS SO WONDERFUL TO GET UPDATES ON THE GIRLS. COMING TO WORK SO HORRIBLY EARLY IS ALOT EASIER KNOWING I CAN EXPECT AN UPDATE ON THE LITTLE ONES. I AM IN COUNT DOWN MODE, 25 MORE DAYS! SOUNDS LIKE THE GIRLS ARE ALL MAKING PROGRESS. MAKAILA (AKA "CHUNKY MONKEY") JUST NEEDS TO REST HER LUNGS A LITTLE WHILE LONGER. SOUNDS LIKE "HOUDINI" HANNAH HAS VERY GOOD MUSCLE CONTROL! :) SAMANTHA SOUNDS LIKE A SNUGGLER. AND SANDRA (AKA "PEANUT") HAS CAPTURED EVERY ONES HEART WITH HER STRONG WILL POWER. IT IS SO MUCH FUN TO BE ABLE TO GET TO KNOW THE GIRLS LITTLE UNIQUENESSES EVEN ALL THE WAY OVER HERE. CAN WAIT TO MEET THEM IN PERSON.

LOVE DEB

Stanford and Sara Longan said...

Um, pretty much hate the story about Sandra's IV, but know it needed to be done. I am glad you were able to coo to Sam. So, which Sam is THIS one going to take after? Okay, I shouldn't scare you with all that is going on..........:)