11/20/91 — Our NICU Journey Day 4
Isaac — 694
Molly — 709
(Editor’s note — with just 15 grams difference, this is the closest in weight that Isaac and Molly have ever been.)
You seem to be reacting to your open heart valve (Editor’s note — see PDA on the Glossary page). Dr. Holtzman says we’re going to watch it. We may need to give you some medicine. Your bilirubin level shot up right around 72 hours after you were born. They had to do an exchange (blood) transfer. You did well and the level came down. Your primary nurse is Karen Connelly. She is very pretty with a beautiful smile. Molly is in the next room over on this unit. I’m staying in a room on another floor. Other mamas on that floor get to have their babies in their rooms with them. It makes me sad to be so far away from you. On that floor, you can hear a baby cry when you walk down the hallway. Here on the ISCU, where there are many tiny babies like you, all you hear is the sound of machines and alarms. Here on the ISCU, it’s the mamas and daddies who are crying. Today was a bad day because they released me from the hospital, which means I had to go home. I can’t sleep here any more. We only live a couple of miles from here. I was very sad, but Daddy told me to take a little rest and then he would bring me right back to visit.
You had your first bath tonight and they took your footprints. Uncle Eddie went home to Washington, DC today. Dr. Abby Adams was here the night you were born and got you stabilized. Daddy counted 27 people in the delivery room. There was a team of doctors and nurses taking care of me, another team for Isaac and another team for you. There are many more doctors and interns and nurses and respiratory therapists taking care of you now. I’m just getting to know some of their names. Dr. Ron Holtzman is your main doctor. Your primary nurse is Lynn Mayberry. She has her own little girls. They aren’t as little as you. Leaving the hospital today without you and Isaac is the hardest thing I have ever done.