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the eric update - day 51: saying goodbye to cpap. rumors of an isolette.

woohoo! he's on all nasal cannula, all the time! and not alarming at all. o.k. he still has the occasional apnea or brady, but they're all for reasons that don't particularly concern the staff. he's on 7 cc's of breastmilk every two hours and tolerating it well - not great, but not bad either. Every so often they'll pull a few cc's of undigested milk out of his stomach before they introduce the new milk; if the amount that they pull out increases then they'll slow down his feedings.

so, day 51 was a very, very good day. and there are whispers amongst the staff that, if he keeps up keeping up, then he'll graduate to an isolette and ditch his radiant warming bed! amazing!

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8/24/2004 11:50:00 PM 6 comments


Gotta admit, the do things differently at your NICU. Most babies I have seen (and I have toured a few NICUs other than our own with MoD) start in an Issolet, and then move to a warmer or crib. We were so happy to get Andy OUT of the issolet. It limits your access.

By Blogger Robb, at 7:51 PM  

Hi! I found your site by chance last month and I can't tell you how much Odin's story has inspired me. My baby was born at 35 weeks also because of pre-eclampsia and is now doing well at 15 months. Babies are incredibly resilient aren't they? Anyway I just wanted you to know how happy I am to hear that Eric is doing so well! We'll be praying for you guys!


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:56 PM  

Max spent his first four days in an open warmer too, then it was an open crib, but that's somewhat of a misnomer as essentially you have a four pound baby surrounded by 30 pounds of blankets and pillows with an opening big enough for his nose to stick out of.

I agree on the preference for open access. Max spent every possible hour we could managed holding onto either my or my wife's finger. (And as far as contact goes, we made the final decisions on being there, not listening when the nurses would grumble about us being in the way, or it being "late". He was our little baby and needed to know that his parents were there for him, as I'm sure you are for your son.)

By Blogger Derek, at 4:18 AM  

Hi Eric and Kris and Eric,

Another voice from your hazy TESC past checking in. Like Jon, I'm an occasional visitor to your site (for the same reason- minimal understanding. Probably a good order of magnitude less than Jon) I just wanted to let you know that we're thinking of you all. It looks like you guys are good hands to be in. I hope things continue to go well. All my best hopes, and I'll keep myself posted.

Christian Reilly

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:36 AM  

In that first picture, is he wraped up in his special preemie bedding?

If so, I can't believe he's grown THAT much!


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:13 AM  

sorry for my lack of commenting. my continuing internet woes are making it tough to stay on top of everything.

Most babies I have seen (and I have toured a few NICUs other than our own with MoD) start in an Issolet, and then move to a warmer or crib.that's funny. i wonder if this is yet another issue that will provoke a neonatologist bar fight :-) both nicus in town go from the radiant warming bed to the isolette. the text from the linked article leaves the issue vague stating, "In some units, your baby will be placed in an isolette as soon as they are born. In others, your baby will be put in an isolette after they are more stable."

Hi! I found your site by chance last month and I can't tell you how much Odin's story has inspired me.thanks! i really appreciate you taking the time to comment. you signed your comment in a way that makes me believe you might live in the philippines, which means you are morally obligated to send odin a postcard :-) i'm glad to hear your baby is doing well and it is amazing to see how resiliant they can be.

Another voice from your hazy TESC past checking in.christian! how come my college days keep getting called hazy :-) perhaps because it's becoming a hazy distant memory? thanks for checking in - and send me an email so i can make sure that i have your current email addy. i hope things are going well for you these days.

In that first picture, is he wraped up in his special preemie bedding?yes, that is his special preemie bedding! if you look way back to day 28 you can really see how big he's getting.

By Blogger e3, at 11:06 AM  

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