Friday, October 23, 2009

October 23, 2009





We got the call at 2 a.m. this morning that Charlotte was moving up to the 7th floor step-down unit.

There are good and bad aspects to it. On the bright side she is healthy and stable enough to move. But the moves are probably harder on us than on her; the readjustment to the new environment, new nurses, new protocols. For her it's probably just same youknowwhat, different day.

We had hoped that by being in our own room that contact isolation precautions would be dropped. No such luck. Now there is one nurse to three or four babies as opposed to one or two babies in the NICU. Whatever, we're ready to be done with all this.

The doctor made a few changes today based on the results of some labs. Her electrolytes are a little out of whack, most likely related to the diuretic she has been on the past week plus. The doctor also indicated that she would like to see Charlotte gaining more weight than she is. The diuretic was to help clear fluid from her lungs and now that they are taking her off it we're crossing our fingers that it does not adversely affect her breathing.

We're (Katie and I) concerned that she isn't pooping. It is very apparent that she is trying (red face, funny looks and sounds) but thus far she has been unsuccessful. It had been 48 hours since she last pooped with the aid of glycerin. She got another dose tonight and that got things working for the time being. The doctor emphasized this morning that she isn't as worried about the poop as she is about gaining weight and the electrolytes.

4 comments on "October 23, 2009"

Anonymous said...

Hi Russell Family,

I think Charlotte looks good in your arms Katie! She has sure grown. My prayers are going out to you. Here in Duluth we want you to be able to get your little gal home.

I know you will hang in there, you are all made out of tough Minnesota Stock.

Love, Leona K.

lisadlind on October 24, 2009 at 11:26 AM said...

Charlotte is adorable! Can't believe how big she is! You'll be home before you know it enjoying your quilt and all the little baby implements and especially Charlotte!! We love to see her progress and the pictures you post of you all. Take Care!

Lisa, Mike and Calvin

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the photo of you holding Charolette Katie - I'm sure you can't wait for the day when you don't need to wear all the protective/medical gear. Soon you'll be home - Congrats on the move to the 7th Floor. Wauwatosa sure is pretty at night, sort of reminds me of duluth :) Just think you're one more day/step to walking out the door to go home!

Love ya! Marissa

Katie Matzke on October 24, 2009 at 3:41 PM said...

Very cute pictures! She's looking so cute, and I loved her fall hat! :) Take care!

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