Today she had a bit of excitement. She seemed to be sliding a little backwards last night; she was having trouble keeping up her O2 saturations, and she had a bad blood gas this morning. This afternoon as the nurse was giving her the last eyedrops to dialate her pupils in anticipation of her eye exam, she threw up, then aspirated her breathing tube. She needed to be reintubated, and when Jennifer changed her later she found a very heavy diaper. After all was said and done, she had great blood O2 levels and the nurse was able to wean her. Clearly Emily just wanted a new ET tube and didn’t know how to ask for it!
Her eye exam showed (fortunately) little progress in her ROP. She still has stage 1 retinopathy in zone 1 (the center) of both eyes. She is 33 weeks gestationally, and ROP peaks at 36 weeks, 5 days, so if it doesn’t progress to stage 3 by then, she should be in the clear. We keep praying that her eyes continue to be relatively OK.