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12/1/91 — Our NICU Journey Day 15

December 1, 2010

Isaac — 624 grams

Molly — 684 grams

This is Molly, all trussed up with two arm boards and a head IV, ET tube taped into her mouth, monitor pads taped to her chest, and the velcro pads at her temples that were used to hold the bilirubin mask. I hated the head IVs more than any of the other equipment —they seemed so foreign and painful to me. But the babies' veins were so tiny and they needed so many IVs, that nurses were constantly looking for fresh sites.

Isaac

You scared the hell out of me last night, buddy. Your heart rate kept dropping and all the monitor alarms kept going off. They had to “bag” you several times and your oxygen is still up very high — above 50 percent. I wish I could help you. Your little chest works so hard to breathe. You are still getting lipids and proteins and glucose, and you’re also still getting antibiotics, though after 24 hours the culture still shows nothing. You got a new isolette last night and they may be moving you into Molly’s room soon. You have been gaining quite a bit of weight — you are well over 600 grams again. We hope this is good news, and not just fluid building up in your lungs. Your heart is still over on the right. More wait and see. Tonight is the first night of your first Hanukkah, your second holiday in the hospital. We look forward to the Hanukkah’s ahead when we’ll light the candles together.

Molly

Molly, you got a new bed and they took the IV out of your head and put it into your arm.  You got dose four of Indocin today and they have not heard your murmur in 24 hours. We have gotten to know many of the nurses and doctors taking care of you and Isaac. Some mostly take care of you, some mostly take care of Ike, some take care of both of you. One of my favorites is Jill. She is pregnant and her baby is due in April. You were due at the end of February or beginning of March. I asked her if watching you and Ike is like watching her own baby grow. She looked at me and very kindly said, “No, my baby is doing much better than yours because he is where he is supposed to be. Ike and Molly have a lot to deal with that the shouldn’t have to yet, and they aren’t growing or developing as quickly as they would inside your womb.” I know that’s true, and it makes me so sad that you have to be here before you were ready. But you have wonderful people like Jill taking care of you. Happy Hanukkah, little Molly. The first night of your first Hanukkah.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lori Prang permalink
    December 1, 2010 1:55 pm

    The nurses in the ISCU were simply the best of the best! They not only took care of the premies but their parents too! We had Sarah and Kelly as our primary nurses. We still are in contact a bit with Kelly! Happy Hanukkah babies!

  2. Kenn permalink
    December 2, 2010 10:16 am

    Happy Hanukkah to you guys. Molly do you see the shirt i have on? Now I will never stop wearing it. Love Dad

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