Sunday, February 27, 2011

Justin Day 3 in the NICU

We arrived at the NICU around 8:00 this morning. Justin was down to 48% oxygen! Such good news  because it told us that he is improving. Patti is our nurse again. She said that he could start receiving milk per the doctor’s orders. He would need to receive it via a bottle.

Not a huge fan of bottle feeding an infant but we had no choice! PPHN babies who are still on oxygen should not be nursed. They cannot regulate their oxygen levels on their own so bottle feedings are the way to go. The milk was not quite in yet, Patti said that she could wait another day since he was on IV fluids still. He is still receiving everything he needs through the IV.

He gradually decreased the oxygen a little at a time. I think by the end of the day, he was at 40% oxygen. Still in the isolette but he was doing better and better.

Memama and Grandy brought Troy by to visit. This visit was much shorter than the one before (maybe 10 minutes). He was distracted by all of the “bright lights” and wanted to get in the isolette. Crazy child!

Today we saw Deborah whose baby is also in the NICU. Deborah is one of my middle sister’s best friends. Her little girl was born at 26 weeks, 2 pounds 5 ounces and was either 3 or 5 days older than Justin. I got a little upset when I saw her. Hard times!

We left the hospital around 7:15 or so.