2003-01-01

A Whole Week Now

We rang in the new year with most of the other parents at the NICU. One of the nurses commented on how busy it was. The nurses passed out cider and grape juice to the parents but it was mostly a quiet affair with each parent holding their child.

One of the babies in our bay has RSV, a respiratory virus that doesn’t affect full term babies or adults. It can be spread by not properly scrubbing before entering NICU. The baby is now in isolation and the parent must wear a mask and paper gown before interacting with her child. As a precaution all the babies in our bay must be given treatment to prevent infection.

When we went back to the NICU in the daylight hours Hailey had a new IV in her head. They couldn’t find a suitable vein in her feet or hands. They have simply all been used up. It looks really bad, but the nurses say it is sometimes better because the babies can’t pull the IVs out. They had a hard time getting the IV started. They had to shave part of Hailey’s head. They got blood on her hat and blanket so we took those home to wash them. They saved Hailey’s hair in a small syringe tube. They must have really wore Hailey out while changing the IV. She didn’t scream as she normally does when we got there and the took her temperature and blood pressure.

Hailey is eating 13 mL per feeding and they hope to raise it to 15 mL (1 tablespoon). They want Hailey to start having three bowel movements a day.

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