We received our photo CD from Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep of Cooper. This image was on the cover. Lisa and I are not ready to look at all the photos yet. But we thought we would share this one with you.
Lisa called me near the end of my golf game today to tell me Brinson is off the Nitric and the feeds are up to 10cc of milk over 2 hours. Lisa then said she was going to mow the yard and that make sure you have your phone because she would not be able to hear it while she was mowing.
I thought to myself what for. The hospital will not call because Brinson is doing great.....well enough for me to play golf 2 weekends in a row and for me to relax about the cell phone for a few hours.
I still kept the phone on....but I did not need it.
Things have changed, but Brin still has a long way to go. To give you an idea of what is still needed.
She is on 80CC a day on milk....to go home that she would need to be drinking 120CC * 8 or 8 bottles a day ....bottle feed. She still has a tube that runs into her belly.
For breathing, she needs to go from respirator to CPAP to nose prongs (like in the movies). So still a ways to go there.
And lastly she needs to be able hold her own body temperature. She is still being warmed inside the incubator.
Brinson is making progress now.....that everyone can see. YEAH!!!
I got there after work and just in time for feeding. Mommy was kind enough to capture it. Brinson is being feed 4cc with a syringe (gravity, suppose to be) through her OG tube (through her mouth there is a tube that runs into her stomach). They will not go up on her feeding till they are sure she can tolerate the milk. The residuals have to be minimal. If they were to over feed her and not check for residuals there is a chance she could spit up and suck it down her lungs....not good. That is why the check and go up slowly with the milk.
Here she is sleeping in the condo
Last night after the feed Brin was very restless. It could have been the noise or maybe I feed her too fast...not sure. Thank goodness she is in the condo. Quietness has made all the difference. Now she is only awake for a few minutes at a time. Preemies are suppose to sleep about 20 hours a day.
Brinson had a good evening and started the day with good blood gas, no residuals on milk, lower vent settings (25bpm and 30% oxygen) and good BP (32 mean). They are also weening her off the morphine and nitric. The morphine was used to help her deal with all the outside noise and stimulation....to keep her calm. And the nitric is used in a lung damage preventative from being on the vent/respirator for long periods of time.
So overall things are going quite well.
Here she is just sleeping away. She always has something moving...legs, arms...etc. We left a bit early last night....to let her sleep.
Here is another look at Brinson's Incubator (Condo). If you look closely you can see Mommy watching over her baby.
As a side note: Last night was another tough one for James (Brinson's podmate) and his parents. Keep praying for him to do better.
Brinson is now pooping fine. They even put a bag on her.
They also increased her milk from 2cc every 3 hours to 4cc every 3 hours. She has had some residual....about 1.5cc of 8cc over 6 hours. Really not too shabby.
She is doing so great in her new condo....Saturating her oxygen....she is much less of a touch me not. The condo really shields the outside world really well (sound and light). It is really amazing how well she is doing. It makes Lisa and I so happy...
As a side note: Please pray for James (Brinson's podmate), he has had 2 bad days in a row.....he is really really sick.
Here is Brinson giving us the hand or waving to the camera which ever you like. Her new home is quite large but gives her the much needed peace and quiet that a baby needs. Just like being in Mommy's tummy.....DON'T TAP the Plastic!!!
With the isolette, you have 2 port holes to reach in and say hi to Brin. The entire front can also lie down if needed like to weigh her or something.
Here is she all snuggled into her new bedding. The envy of all her pod mates....well at least their mothers.
The cover on the top is used to shield light. Preemies like it dark. Remember she is still supposed to be a bun in an oven.....for at least 11-12 weeks.