Monday, October 26, 2009

October 26, 2009

Charlotte had her first negative swab for MRSA! She needs 3 consecutive negative swabs before she can be removed from contact isolation, and the swabs are taken weekly. So, if we're still in the hospital in 2 weeks, we might be able to touch and hold her without gown and glove.

Another exciting event, she stooled without assistance! Perhaps we can say goodbye to the glycerin. Also today the product used to fortify her milk changed from Human Milk Fortifier to NeoSure, a product less dense and one we can use at home. This should help her continue stooling on her own.

A speech therapist saw Charlotte today to explore why she has been struggling to take feeds by mouth. The therapist was very nice but didn't have any new tips/ideas - she needs to stay awake. At least we have been reassured she's not doing anything wrong and should catch on any day.

Last night at 10 p.m. the nurse recorded an episode of apnea that required stimulation (rubbing of the back/tummy). She needs to go at least 5 days without apnea before she can go home, but we already planned to be here for at least 5 more days. I just hope this was the last one. Especially since her doctor said the nurses on the 7th floor tend to provide stimulation too soon for episodes babies can resolve on their own, as opposed to NICU nurses who have more experience with apnic babies. She assured me that if additional episodes are recorded that seem suspicious they will have to have some "education" for the nurses. Before leaving the hospital tonight I asked the nurse to please please please not record an apnic episode unless she's sure that's what it really was.

5 comments on "October 26, 2009"

Andrea on October 27, 2009 at 7:29 AM said...

I know it's frustrating that Charlotte is taking her time with the feeding thing, but at least she's still breathing on her own! How wonderful! Maybe she can only do one thing at a time right now, and that's her thing. At least she won't be going home on oxygen... She'll get to eating soon. Remember that she's still new at this whole "living" thing :) Hang in there!

Lindsay on October 27, 2009 at 8:03 AM said...

...and don't forget pooping, Andrea! She's breathing good AND pooping good now! The eating will come soon. That's a lot to ask of a baby who's not even supposed to be born yet! ;)

Go Charlotte!

Kelly Russell said...

Again, your daughter pooping is the highlight of my day. I don't know what that says about my days.

Anyway, way to go Charlotte! You're so close to going home - just keep working towards that bottle.

Anonymous said...

Hi Katie, Patrick and Charlotte,

I am so pleased for the good news of Charlotte. All of us here IN DULUTH are rooting for you on the route home.

By the same token, we are hoping for updates from home on some page.

Take Care,


Jimmer310 on October 27, 2009 at 11:13 PM said...

Hey there,
Glad to see things progressing. Continuing to send good thoughts your way. Lots of H1N1 up here in the Copper Country. Three school systems closed that I know of. So, don't be in too huge a hurry to get back up here. Can Charlotte and you get shots for that?



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