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the eric update - day 130: attack of the bulb syringe!

all babies get stuffy noses and might need a bulb syringe to remove the mucous, but we've learned that micropreemies can get stuffy noses a lot more often because the length of their nasal passage is shorter than normal and can accumulate gunk. so a much of the day can be spent dripping saline solution in odin's nose to loosen things up and using the bulb syringe to remove the offending material.

odin got fairly used to getting all manner of things shoved up his nose while he was in the nicu so he usually tolerates getting the snot sucked out, as long as you act fast - otherwise, he'll let you know he'd really rather you to speed up the process.

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11/11/2004 11:44:00 PM 1 comments


The snotsucker! I remember it well. I used to get a strange sort of pleasure from using it, especially if I was particularly successful in my quest. Perhaps 'sense of accomplishment' is a better way to put it? I was making a difference :).

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