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the eric update - day 18: mucus interruptus

we still get to see a fair number of "firsts" each day and today it was the first time that kris had the opportunity to change his diaper! i would have done it, has to take the pictures :-) next time, i'll be eagerly standing in line. honest.

given all the relaxing photos of 'roo care, you might be tricked into believing that he's not occasionally wisked away under duress.

today, his blood oxygen took a dive and none of the typical measures to get him to breath were working.

usually that means that he's collected a sticky wad of mucus in one of his breathing passages, which requires the nurse to suction it out.

his passages were getting clogged a bit more than normal and they were irritated as evidenced by blood getting suctioned out along with the goo. unfortunately, mucous and dried passages come with the CPAP territory. imagine having air blown in your mouth and nose 24 hours a day. i think it's probably like driving 80 m.p.h. down the highway with your head out the window. i know it's "normal", but it doesn't make it any easier to watch the nurses shove 6 inches of tubing into his nose and retrieve great gobs of bloody goo. eric doesn't like it much either. such is life in the nicu sometimes.

in a rare example of restraint, i'll save you from the picture of what they pulled out of his nose.

he alarmed a bit more than usual during the 'roo time today from all the goo; kris did her best impression of someone attempting to relax, but she can't fool me.

despite it all, eric reminds us that he can teach us a thing or two by taking it all in stride and getting mighty comfortable with his blanket.

and the boy's Got Milk. he's on 3 cc's an hour and tolerating it well.

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7/22/2004 11:38:00 PM 2 comments


I wanted to let you know that I am praying for you 3. I know what you're going through. My son was born 14 weeks premature and is now 9 months old. He had the PDA and NEC surgery. He is all back together and living life as he should. All he has to show for it are the scars.

Be strong, as Eric is showing how strong he is. He's so beautiful!!!! It's amazing and overwhelming to see such tiny miracles beat the odds and teach us adults what life is really about.

Brittany (Florida but grew up in Kentwood, MI)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:15 PM  

thanks brittany. i've said it before, but i'll say it again - it's impossible to describe how much it means to us to hear stories from families who have have weathered the nicu "storm".

By Blogger e3, at 12:47 AM  

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