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3/17/92 — Our NICU Journey Day 122

March 17, 2011

Isaac — 1572 grams 

Molly — Home

 

Here's big brother Ian tending to Isaac. Those metal bars were part of his crib — not exactly the warm, friendly environment we envisioned for our babies. On the other hand, the open crib, as industrial as it was, is such a sign of hope on the ISCU (NICU). It means that the baby is holding his temperature and not needing constant medical intervention. Preemies at this stage were lovingly referred to as "Feeders and Growers". Oh, sure, they still dropped their heart rates now again, especially during feedings, but for the most part, they needed monitoring, affection and food to get big enough and independent enough to go home safely. It took Ike a long, long time to become a Feeder and Grower.

Isaac

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Let’s see, you have been here for your birth day, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day, Becky’s birthday, Daddy and Ian’s birthdays, and now St. Patty’s day. Aren’t you tired of being in the hospital? I am! They switched you over to pure oxygen today (1/2 liter per minute), because people were chasing you up and down on the pulse-ox, and besides, this is what you will be on when you come home. You are doing a little better at eating — going about three hours between feedings now. Dr. G says he won’t send you home until you are a better eater because it would be too hard with both you and Molly. But you need to eat more so you keep growing. They are now saying a week to two weeks and you get to come home. Happy four-month birthday!

Molly

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One Comment leave one →
  1. March 17, 2011 7:43 am

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, kiddos!

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