|View of Mt. Washington from Callums room|
NICU, Day 4 (Tuesday)
This morning Kevin and I walked into Callums room, it was bright and sunny. The windows were open and there out the window was one of the most perfect views of Mount Washington I have ever seen - especially from here in Portland. I was hoping the brightness of the day would impact the type of day Callum would have...and I think it has. His night nurse made a special footprint card for us and three sets of footprints for his sisters. We are so thankful for these great nurses, respiratory therapists and docs who truly care about Callum and his entire family.
|Callums little feet|
Yesterday, Callum had progress, tiny progress, but it was progress, and that is all I ask of my little prince. When I left yesterday around 530pm, he had been stuck at around 70% oxygen for several hours and not really tolerating any more weaning. I didn't really mess with him yesterday - meaning minimal touching, stimulation and just letting him rest. He was really calm yesterday and didn't need any medication for the agitation, so, I let him have a day to rest. It was hard to keep myself from caressing his head, or letting him taste some of my milk on my finger or holding his hand, but I knew the more he rested, the better off he would be.
Last night our neighbor came over after we put the girls to bed and we left for a short visit with Callum. His night nurse was great and told us he was doing fabulous. By the time we left, he was down to 45% oxygen and really doing well. It was a great note to end the night on.
Today has been more of the same. He has been tolerating weaning of his ventilator and nitric oxide with no problem at all. He is taking it like a champ today. I hate to say it, but maybe he is on that upswing! He has been super fiesty, and not in an agitation sort of fiesty, but a normal newborn feistiness. He is arching his back, moving all over, trying to take the breathing tube out of his mouth - all the things we expect him to do when he is not sedated! He's enjoyed trying to suck the milk off of my finger that I give him. He is still pretty jaundice today, so they started him under some bili lights. When the doc told us what they were doing, I was unphased - "what's one more thing??? Plus, jaundice? Hell...that's a normal newborn thing!" I certainly can handle bili lights!
|Under the lights|
|His bruising is finally gone a bit!|
|The beginning of my milk stash|