Saturday, September 12, 2009

September 12, 2009

Today was almost too good to be true for Charlotte. As you can see from the photo, she's now sporting clothes! Her nurse said she is at the appropriate age for such things. Patrick and I got to give her a bath this afternoon and then dress her. Dressing a baby with sensors and wires attached to her chest is a bit complicated, but we got it done.

Now that she's wearing clothes they've made an adjustment to her temperature monitor. Until today the isolette responded to her skin temperature, keeping it around 37 degrees Celcius. Now, the isolette is controlling the air around her, keeping it at about 28.8 degrees Celsius. The nurses will monitor how well she's able to maintain her body temperature, and gradually lower the temperature control settings. Her clothes and blanked wrapped burrito-style should help.

She is officially on full-feeds, meaning she is being fed 20 mls of fortified breast milk every 3 hours. This allowed the nurses to remove her PICC line and the associated huge piece of plastic attached to her lower right leg since her first 24 hours of life. She is now intraveneous line free...hopefully for good.

Her CPAP settings were lowered to a pressure of 5 today, and the nurse anticipated she would transition to the nasal cannula if she could manage this low pressure setting for a couple of days.

So much happened today, I don't want to push her, but I hope she continues to thrive.

4 comments on "September 12, 2009"

Karen said...

Katie and Pat,

Your post today made my day (now that it is time to go to bed)! I hope Charlotte continues to have more good days! Go Charlotte!!


Anonymous said...

HI Katie, Pat and Charlotte,

YOu have made a good Sat a great Sat by your good news. Charlotte sure looks cute in clothes, what a darling little fleece sleeper.

Prayers and Love go to you on this soon to be Sunday.

Love, Leona Krieg

janeen on September 13, 2009 at 9:26 AM said...

She is cute and sweet in her new clothes. I am joyful about all of her good news. Congratulations to her mom and dad. Our hearts are looking forward to bringing the little yooper home.

Kate on September 13, 2009 at 6:50 PM said...

We were on vacation last week where at one point I said, "You know the only thing I'm worried about back home is how Charlotte's doing." Not having access to internet nor phone, I thought about her A LOT. Needless to say, after reading the new blog today, I am overjoyed at how well she's doing. Congratulations!



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