Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Good Days and Bad Days

Some days the girls are doing so good and other days we are reminded that they are preemies. The weekend nurses were actually bored in our pod because every one was doing so good. Unfortunately, yesterday all four girls required additional attention.

Makaila had been on room air and doing great until she had a rise in her temperature. They drew blood, and at first said it looked good then they decided that her CBC showed she might have an infection. The poor girls has veins like me. They tried nine times to get an IV in her and failed. I felt so bad for her. They gave her a break since she was tired and had to go back on nasal cannula. Luckily, the night shift was able to get an IV in. They started her on antibiotics for 48 hours until we get blood culture results. She is so patient and well behaved.

Hannah started spitting up her food. So the doctors decided to stop her feeds and take some X-rays. It turns out that her stomach is just a little irritated and she needs a brake from her feeds. They put her on an IV yesterday, and today they plan to restart the feeds, but space them out over a longer period of time. She was very fussy yesterday because she was getting so very hungry. I had to hold her hand and give her a pacifier to calm her down. I will tell you this, there is nothing wrong with her lungs!




Hannah started spitting up her food. So the doctors decided to stop her feeds and take some X-rays. It turns out that her stomach is just a little irritated and she needs a brake from her feeds. They put her on an IV yesterday, and today they plan to restart the feeds, but space them out over a longer period of time. She was very fussy yesterday because she was getting so very hungry. I had to hold her hand and give her a pacifier to calm her down. I will tell you this, there is nothing wrong with her lungs!



Samantha is doing very well on room air and her feeds. However, her arm is very disturbing. Much of the skin that was damaged due to the burn has peeled off, and has started to heal. To say that it is terrifying to look at would be an understatement. She uses the arm, and more importantly does not seem to favor it. She is either really tough, or not in very much pain. The plastic surgery department has consulted us twice, and they say she may need surgery when she is six months old. On the other hand, our doctor has seen worse burns heal quite nicely. No matter what happens, Samantha is in for a lengthy recovery from this wound.



Sandra is still our little peanut, but she is tolerating her 13 milliliters of food every three hours very nicely. Last night they stopped her IV, today we expect her food to be raised again. She now weighs 1lb 15 oz. With any luck, she will surpass the two pound barrier today. Unfortunately, she did have to receive her second blood transfusion, but our nurses seem to be surprised at how few she has had to receive given her size.



1 comment:

Stanford and Sara Longan said...

I know things are a bit rough, but I wanted to let you know that you are all still covered in prayer. We are thinking of you always, and are so proud of the strength and unity you and Josh have. Hang in there,and we hope things begin to improve. The latest pics are adorable! Roman can't wait to get his hands on them-okay in 5 years, or so!
Love you guys