Monday, July 28, 2008

Climbing

He gained again. Another 50 grams. The nurse weighed him at least 3 times. The charge nurse came over to look at him. He's not swollen. He'd pooped relatively recently, peed plenty, his lungs are clear. They can't seem to find any fluid to blame it on. He's now teetering on the edge of three pounds.

We'll see what happens again tonight.

We had our favorite nurse over the weekend. If she hadn't already been well loved, she certainly solidified it now. I almost embarrassed myself because as she said goodnight last night, I actually said "I love you." to her. In a totally sincere way. Because I do. I love that she loves my kid. She requested him this weekend. She works part time and does things like PIC lines and such, so she can't really primary, but she's happy to have Robbie whenever she can. And she's so incredibly wonderful. She pays very close attention to Robbie.

Actually, she pays attention to all babies. I came in yesterday and as I settled in, the nurse of the other babies next to Robbie was coming back from break. Apparently while that nurse was at lunch, our nurse had drawn up her labs and done a few things for the babies. The other nurse was stunned and thanked her profusely. Our nurse just shrugged. She'd had a free minute.

I personally watched her respond to another baby having a pretty bad brady episode. Didn't matter that it wasn't her kid and the other nurse wasn't busy. She was close, she handled it.

That makes me feel much more comfortable. I didn't feel like I had to rush into the hospital because I knew he was getting the best care.

In that vein, yesterday when he was having his 4 hours of cannula in the morning, he was doing really well. So she went to the NP and asked if he could have longer. He'd gone all 4 hours w/o desaturating even once. They agreed. So as of now, he gets 8 hours on cannula, 8 hours on CPAP. I'm really hoping that by the end of the week, we might shake the CPAP habit. I know it would make Robbie much happier. He cries when they put it back on. It's the saddest thing. I know we have to do what is best for his health, but man, I'll be glad when the best thing for his health is just the cannula.

So, for now, Robbie is doing well. I'm not going to lie. It almost makes me more nervous because we've ridden this roller coaster long enough to know it's not over. The next drop could be an hour or a day away. But for now, we're climbing.

--Trish

10 comments:

april said...

I'm glad he's doing so well. You sound much more positive and hopeful today. Remember to take care of you so you can take care of him when he comes home! Prayers for you both!

Anonymous said...

Sounds wonderful today. He's growing, he's breathing - he's a fighter!!!!

Don't worry about the next drop (there might not be one). Enjoy the climb!

Darby

Baby Steps to Baby Shoes said...

Come on three pounds!!

Amy said...

YAY!!!! :)

S said...

Great news!!!! Keep climbing Robbie!

Heather said...

Glad to hear his weight keeps going up!!! Grow Robbie, grow!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad he's doing so well! I hope he continues to grow! Every ounce counts!

Becka

Janna said...

That's great news Trish!!! Praying for more days like today!!! (And more nurses like "Nurse Favorite")

Me said...

Good news is good!

seussgirl said...

I'm glad he's doing better!
Aren't good nurses such a help? I felt so close to some of our nurses when we left that I actually miss them! Some of them hugged me goodbye! I've already stopped back in once to say hello (and show off the boys) and will probably go back soon.
I'm glad you have at least one nurse who has taken a liking to your precious baby!