Sunday, October 21, 2012

Twenty-Two Days!

As of 10.19.12 (her last weigh-in), Katie is up to 770 grams (about 1 pound, 11 ounces). Again, no idea how much of that is just fluid, but I'll take it either way!

I can't believe it's already been three weeks. I started back to work on Tuesday. It's hard to wake up in the morning, and to not get that 2pm nap I had gotten used to! That and going straight to the hospital after work to visit Katie, going home to eat, clean, and shower.. I'm exhausted. I did get to rest this weekend, which was very nice.

They attempted a trophic feeding on Tuesday, but her stomach wasn't ready to digest yet. The doctors said they were going to wait a few days and try again, but her NG tube (her feeding tube) came out Friday night, and they are waiting a few days before they try to put it back in.

She was moved from the ventilator back to the oscillator also on Tuesday, and is doing well on it. Until of course, the doctors/nurses do their exams, then she throws a fit and makes her oxygen saturation drop, which causes the nurses to have to raise her oxygen concentration. She recovers quickly and gets weaned back down, though. She really doesn't like people messing with her!

The nurses noticed a bit of blood when they suctioned her breathing tube, which means she has some blood in her lungs. It sounds much worse than it is. What happens is the small capillaries in her lungs get overworked, and burst. It's very common in babies her size. They're monitoring her to see if it gets any worse, and to see what action they need to take.

She has had a couple of episodes where her urine output has decreased to nearly nothing. They gave her fluids and diuretics, which fixed that issue. She's also pooped (meconium) a few more times, once when I was in the room. The nurse had just put a new diaper under her butt, and was getting a wipe, when she dirtied the new diaper.. she's already a little brat!

That's all of an update we have for y'all now. Sorry there was such a delay between posts.. I've been pretty busy lately!

1 comment:

  1. No need to apologize! I'm sure everyone appreciates the updates when you can give them, and I'm glad to hear you guys are all hanging in there. Keeping all of you in my thoughts!