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the eric update - day 26: beating the wrap. more bloody goo. and personalized snugglies.

today, eric took one of those teeny, little micropreemie steps that gets him one step closer to being released. he finally beat the wrap! literally. in other words they don't have to cover his bed in plastic wrap to help keep his body temperature stable. it's a big deal for a micropreem to be able to maintain his or her own temperature ( in fact it's one of the release criteria ) and while he can't do it all on his own, he's making great progress.

he's threw more "a's" ( apneas or stopping breathing ) and "b's" ( bradycardia or stopping breathing ) today than usual, almost all of them due to mucus and goo collecting in his nasal passages and throat. the nurses joke that eric is "slimy". it's not super unusual, but the downside is that they can only get the gunk out by thrusting a tube into his nose and suctioning it out. as i've noted before, he doesn't like it at all and the downside is that you can imagine that the suction tube irritates his passages and he's getting a bit more blood in the stuff they are suctioning out. it's one of those things that's "normal", but that gets harder and harder to watch day in and day out. and bloody nasal passages seem like nice little areas for infections to grow, so kris and i spend a lot of time just wishing he'd be a little less slimy.

in addition to postcards, eric is receiving surprise gifts! a friend of a friend of a friend who had twins that graduated from the other nicu in town sent us custom bedding! they were hand made by a nicu doctor and they kept her twins bundled; if you look down in the lower left corner you can see that she even stiched "snowdeal" on the bedding so it doesn't get lost in the laundry.

dang. that's some serious kindness from a stranger.

the bedding is reversed so i could get the stitched name in the shot with him. you might notice the cloth straps which are used to really give him a bundled feeling. micropreems get distressed at the sudden lack of boundaries and really like feeling things pressing around them which they lost when they were suddenly taken out of the womb.

jeanne, thank you.

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7/30/2004 11:39:00 AM 6 comments


Aw bummer, looks like Flikr is down this morning. I can't wait to see the newest photos :)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:23 AM  

I know I've posted a comment before but I just wanted you to know that I am still following Eric's progress daily and am so proud of him! I am very proud of you and Kris for being there for your son. It's difficult and exhausting. Kudos to you both!!!!

I'm composing a letter to you as well on my experience with my son who was in NICU for 4 months. It will be surrounded by preemie clothes that I hope you can use and like.

I pray daily for you 3 and only wish you the best.

Brittany in Florida

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:32 AM  

hmmm. flickr appears to up now, so you can get your fix :-) i wonder how long it was down.

By Blogger e3, at 12:16 PM  

thanks for commenting again, brittany. as my sisters have figured out, there's no "maximum number of comments" rule :-)

and thanks for the cloths! obviously, we don't expect anyone to go to such extraordinary lengths to show their support, but it's great when people do. you're too generous.

By Blogger e3, at 12:21 PM  

Nope... flickr is not responding from here either :-( Dad

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:24 PM  

wierd. flickr looks fine from here. perhaps a bit sluggish on occasion.

By Blogger e3, at 7:35 PM  

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