Twelve Weeks, One Day

Not much changed for Emily today. She was on ~40% oxygen all day, and Mom got to hold her most of the day, which both of them really enjoyed. Better still, the doctors have decided that the heel pricks every morning are no longer necessary and Emily will have blood gases done only as needed. … [Read more…]

Little Miss Emily Gets off of the Ventilator!

Emily got on to the CPAP today! The plan had been to try her on the CPAP if she self-extibated, which she did early this morning, but the doctor on duty decided to reintubate her instead. The daytime doctor on call was confused by this decision, but Emily finally resolved the controversy around 3 PM … [Read more…]

Eleven Weeks, FIve Days Old

Emily lost a little bit of weight last night – only 10 grams, so she now weighs in at 1620 grams. This is roughly a third of an ounce and is ~0.5% of her total body weight, so there isn’t any concern. Emily seems to like her steroids. Her settings were reduced three times yesterday. … [Read more…]

Eleven Weeks, Three Days Old

Emily now weighs 1630 grams (3lbs, 9 oz). This is an especially impressive feat considering that she had a diaper which weighed 80 grams earlier in the evening. Emily has another respiratory infection and she is taking two antibiotics, but it doesn’t seem to be slowing her down much. Since the doctors can’t wean her … [Read more…]