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11/24/91 — Our NICU Journey Day 8

November 24, 2010

Isaac — 602 grams

Molly — 657 grams

(Editor’s note: if you see a term you don’t understand, check the Glossary.)

The NICU can be a noisy place, with all the machines and alarms. Many preemies suffer permanent hearing impairment. In this picture, it looks to me like little Ike is trying to protect his delicate ears from the din of the ISCU. The one sound you didn't hear very often — a baby crying.


Your heart rate dropped at 5:00 this morning, so they took another chest x-ray and adjusted your tube. This seemed to help. Your rate and oxygen level is up, but they tell us not to focus on the numbers too much. They also started you on a couple of antibiotics, just in case there is an infection and to ward off pneumonia. Karen explained that it looks like some of your air sacs have collapsed on one side — so every four hours they are giving you vibrations. They wrap a vibrator in a rubber glove and rub it on your chest for a couple of minutes before they suction your tube. Happy one week birthday. They say the next 24 hours are critical.


Today you are one week old, and you are still so tiny and sick and not home with us. Your rates are up quite a bit, but you are still at or near room air. They think you might have a little infection or a general one, so you are on some antibiotics. Don’t worry, it’s not a shot. They will just give it to you through your IV.

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  1. November 24, 2010 12:07 am

    It is almost hard to believe how many times you must have heard those words, “the next 24 hours are critical”. So tiny but such fighters. Incredible.

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