Saturday, June 30, 2007

BabyBoy's First Week in the Hospital

June 23, 2007 - Saturday
BabyBoy is Here!

Date: June 23, 2007
Time: 7:48 pm
Weight: 6 lbs 5 oz
Length: 19.5 inches
Where: Fairfax Hospital
In goes the replogle tube in one nostril to start emptying the tummy.
We went down to the NICU to see our little man at 3:30 am. :)
Birth story to come soon - an absolute miracle!

June 24, 2007 - Sunday
Dr. Suiter came into out room at 7:15 am. He said it seemed to him that the surgery would be very straight forward, especially because BabyBoy's weight and all of his vitals were great. They would cut above and below the blocakge and sew the two together. He said BabyBoy would be prepped around 9:15/9:30 am and be in surgery from about 10 am-12 pm (we got pushed back a little bc he had to do another appendix surgery).

He came back in at 11:15 am with a smile and two thumbs up saying, "All good news!" He said the surgery went great and BabyBoy handled it very well. He said everything else in his little body looked wonderful, no problems at all.

We were able to go see him shortly after 12 pm. Little guy had tubes and IVs everywhere.
-The replogle tube down one nostril to his tummy.
-Another big tube down the other nostril going past the surgery sight (hoping to feed through it
sooner than later, if he can keep it in)
-The ventilator tube going in his mouth, down his throat.
-Artereal IV in right hand - to draw blood easily - wrapped with splint.
-IV in his left hand, also wrapped with splint.
-Central line going from the inside above his right knee going up to his heart - for his nutrition
(bc the IVs can only last a couple days)
-Monitor on his foot for oxygen level.
-Monitors on his chest for heart rate and for breathing (BPM).
-and a catheter
-Was on Fentanyl - pain medication.
CRAZY HUH? Poor little guy!
June 25, 2007 - Monday
Day nurse: Kristine. Evening nurse: .
First victory - the catheter got removed today. He was filling his diaper outside of the catheter, good boy. In evening when the nurse was repositioning his head, he clamped down and stopped breathing. The respitory doctor came over and after listening to his chest for breaths, she heard nothing at first and then 15-30 sec later he was breathing completely normal. Made us very nervous of course (apparently he had also done this last night too).

June 26, 2007 - Tuesday
Arrived at hospital around noon. Day nurse: . Night nurse: Joanne.
Lowered his dosage of fentanyl, which was great because that also allowed him to breath better on his own, allowing them to lower the amount that the ventilator was helping him breathe. They lowered the amount of breaths provided by the ventilator per minute from 20 to 18.

June 27, 2007 - Wednesday
Arrived at hospital around 11:15 am. Day nurse: Bethany. Night nurse: Joanne.
Because of the small amount coming out of the replogle - they change it every 4 hours - (4 ccs, then only 1 cc), the doctor recommended clamping the replogle. We were so happy because this meant that with a day of monitoring, if he was doing well, they could start him on pedialite tomorrow. Bethany showed us his xray from the morning which showed that there was not much going on as far as gas patterns in his intestines. BabyBoy's bilirubin count was a little high, so they would watch to see if they would need to do phototherapy for jaundice. Lowered his dosage of fentanyl again and changed the settings on his ventilator. In the evening they stopped his fentanyl and he got the ventilator out! Huge victory! Left a little before 11 pm.

June 28, 2007 - Thursday
Arrived at hospital shortly before noon. Day nurse: Bethany. Night nurse: Mary Ann. When we arrived, the nurse told us that they had to unclamp the replogle tube because he threw up a couple times. This meant that everything was not passing through his tummy. A little discouraged but still trusting God. By this morning he had gotten the IV out of his left hand and the artereal line out of his right hand. :) This meant that we got to hold our little man for the first time since he was born. It was so amazing and fun! He got a little upset while we were holding him, we calmed him and loved on him, and when we changed his diaper he had a big poop, yay! Daddy did a fantastic job changing the diaper. We saw his xray from today and saw that there some great gas patterns in his intestines, yay! In the evening Mary Ann gave him a tylenol (a suppository...bummer) to see if that would help calm him down. Even though he was under the lights for jaundice, she let us hold him while the tylenol started to work. He was completely calm in our arms while we talked to him and loved on him. We stayed at the hospital until almost midnight. He had trouble getting comfy and needed a little extra attention while in the incubator.

June 29, 2007 - Friday
Arrived at hospital shortly before noon. Day nurse: Amy. Night nurse: Amanda. He had an xray this morning that showed that the gas in his tummy had moved through, which is great! Still under the lights. We've gotten to change his diaper and take his temperature everyday.

Pregnancy Updates/Prayer Requests

June 4, 2007 - 33 Week Doctor Appointment

Hello Family and Friends,

After our 33 week apointment last week, our doctor recommended we get another sonogram because my belly was measuring a couple weeks ahead of schedule. We had the sonogram today which revealed that there is too much amniotic fluid. We ended up going straight to our doctor's office after the sonogram due to the findings. Our doctor determined that there is a complication; he thinks that it is in the baby's small intestine which is preventing him from properly digesting and processing food (there could be several causes, some worse than others).

Result - We wil be under close monitoring from now until our little guy is born. We have an "emergency" appointment scheduled for Wednesday with a specialist doctor at Fairfax Hospital to do another sonogram and help us determine further what course of action we will take from now until we deliver (and an appoinment with our doctors on Thursday). It is likely that directly following the birth (which will now probably be cesarean section) there will be a pediatric surgeon at the birth to correct any intestinal abnormality via surgery. As a result we will now be delivering at Fairfax Hospital.

We would greatly appreciate any and all prayers for the following:

*BabyBoy would be healed (which could be a blockage in his small intestine, a malformation of the small intestine, or could be another cause as well)

*If BabyBoy does need surgery when he is born that it will be the simple surgery that doctors say has a high rate of long-term success, and mom and baby will have quick and easy recovery.

*The rest of the pregnancy goes well and that new Mommy is not in pain and doesn't go into early labor (which can cause other problems).

Thank you so much for all of your prayers thus far and going forward!

With much love,
Our Family

June 6, 2007 - Perinatologist Appointment

Hi Family and Friends, Thank you so much for your prayers and for all of your e-mails thus far. We cannot tell you how much we appreciate your support and getting on your knees for us and our precious little guy.

So here we are again – New Mommy is now on bedrest until little guy arrives. They want to ensure that she does not go into early labor and based on how “everything” looks right now the doctor said she would be glad if Mommy can go two more weeks. We are going to try to make it to 38 weeks.

The perinatologist and our doctor have confirmed that there is an obstruction in the baby’s small intestine – most likely duodenal atresia. He is measuring well though (a little big, which is good). There will be a pediatric surgeon at the birth ready to be there for our strong little BabyBoy.

The percentages differ from one source to another, but Downs syndrome is sometimes associated with this type of gastrointestinal problem. Some good news is that based on his good measurements now and in previous sonograms he is not showing any signs of Downs syndrome.

The doctors want to make sure, because the baby is most likely coming early, that his lungs are developed so Dina is receiving a couple shots of betamethasone (she got one today and will get the second dose tomorrow).

We will have one sonogram and one or two doctors appointments a week from now until “Garbanzo” (my Mom’s nickname for him) is born.

Please continue to be in prayer for all of the above. Also, please pray for Eugene as there are many home projects that “we” (now I can help even less...) were trying to complete before little man comes. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Love,
Our Family

June 7, 2007

We had our doctor appointment today Thursday June 7, 2007. Two nurses came into the room to hook up the Non-Stress Test machine. It took a little bit for the nurses to find the baby's heartbeat, one because he was moving so much :) and then ?. After about 20 minutes or so and another nurse coming in to try to get the nodes in a better spot, Dr. Anderson came in. She looked at the print out and immediately said that she was concerned about it and she was sending us to Fair Oaks Hospital to have a NST done there (Dr. Fisk was there as well). She also commented several times at how big my belly is. We had to go anyway to get the second dose of betamethasone but we would have to do the NST as well. Unfortunately she had us worrying. We got there (had to register) and then got ready for the NST. The nurse was very nice. She hooked everything up and also commented about how much the baby moved. About 15 minutes later Dr. Fisk came in and said that it looked just fine, actually that it looked good. We talked about what was going to happen as we got closer to delivery and that we would probably schedule it for around 38-38.5 weeks, and that Dr. Anderson would most likely do the delivery because of her relationship with Fairfax hospital. We talked about my recovery time (about three to four days) and baby's recovery time (probably several weeks depending on what exactly has to be done and barring that he is otherwise healthy).

June 11, 2007

We had our doctor appointment with Dr. Fisk this morning. I am measuring the same as last week, about 41 weeks, which is good. Baby's heartbeat sounds great, around 136. I asked based on the rhythm of his heartbeat, did it sound good. Dr. Fisk said actually it sounds great. He said that it seems as though baby's oxygen intake, nutritional exchange and everything happening through the placenta seems very good as well. We have an appointment with the pediatric surgeon, Dr. Allison Askew and another with the perinatologist on Wednesday. 9:00 am and 11:15 am.

June 18, 2007

Hi Family and Friends (really all family),

We are 36 weeks today. We just got home from an appointment with our doctor. So Hubby and I have been talking over the past few days that it really seemed like little guy has dropped down more and that I feel like it seemed as though he was a lower too. We and doctor discovered today that we are 50% efaced and 2 cm dialated. Dr. Anderson said that she doesn't think we'll go another two weeks, though as she says she is in the same job category as a weatherman - everything is unpredictable. This means, that as much as I have been already, I am now even moreso confined to laying as the romans did as they were being fed grapes (oddly enough Hubby is preparing some grapes right now). We have another appointment with the perinatologist on Thursday where we will get another sonogram as well and see what the latest is on that.

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your prayers and support. We do not feel as though we deserve the time and attention that you have and are giving us. Thank you!

Love,
Our Family

June 22, 2007

Oh my goodness, Dr. Anderson called. After talking with the perinatologist, the amount of "change" that happened - I am now 2-3 cent, soft, 50% dialated, and the baby's head is engaged - she thinks it is too dangerous for me to be at home any longer and instead of inducing (yes inducing, no more automatic c-section) next Saturday, she is calling the hospital for an emergency induction TOMORROW June 23, 2007.

We thought we had another week to get things ready, but all of that has changed. :) We are excited to finally meet our little guy!!!

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