Monday, August 10, 2009
Today was the day Karsie would have been delivered had she not decided to come early. Maybe it was good it was on her terms.
She is still continuing to be calmer. When we are there there have been things done to her that usually make her mad, but she is able to be comforted. She has lately been wrapped up tight with straps holding her limbs snug which we think makes her happy. Also, her patch has been secured amazingly. We watched the nurse change her dressing and she unwrapped foam, tons of gauze, wet pads, shields, ties, and cover it with a foam pad and a blanket. That thing's not going anywhere (hopefully). The surgeon also came by today and said it still looks good. We were able to see it today and it doesn't look as high as it did earlier and the part that is exposed is really granulated, so things are looking good at this point.
She has been giving lots of spitup lately, so instead of feeding her 3 mL every 3 hours of milk, she is getting a continuous feed of 1 mL every hour.
Her breathing has looked good except one thing that happened when we were there. The first 5 minutes or so that we were there she had an episode of apnea where she just forgot to breath or stopped breathing for just a bit. It was slightly concerning to us as we were seeing her turn a tad bluer, but it apparently isn't too abnormal for preemies. They grow out of it after a while and she was able to turn it around quickly, but seeing your daughter turn blue isn't too fun. This was apparently the only time she had done it and it was a little suspicious since she was given a bit of morphine last night, so we're hoping that was just a reaction.
Finally, her infection is gone. Lucifer is dead.
We realize that there was a dead space before delivery that there weren't any visuals given. We do have quite a library of pre-delivery pictures that we thought would be fun. We'll try to post one each day if we can. This is Michelle's crazy uterus contracting right before a sonogram. You can probably tell the heart shape as there are two bumps on the sides and a soft-looking middle. Dr. Dowling encouraged us to take a picture of this as it is a textbook shot.
We ran out of memory before it was done, but this is our daughter's first lunch. She has been doing fairly well on feedings after this. She has spit some of it back up, but she is digesting it. It'll be a slow process, but this is the first step to getting to bottle feed followed by the ultimate goal of breast feeding. We still have the obstacle of swallowing to overcome, but one step at a time.
When we went in tonight she was still very consolable. We took her temperature and changed her diaper, which she hates, and she only fussed for a bit. She seems to be trending toward being able to be calm. Stitches are still holding and no change on her breathing. A good day today.