This seems to be the motto in the NICU. From the very beginning Willow's Drs. told us to expect to move forward and then come back a little. Today Willow took a small step back. Last night she started working a little to hard to breath on her cannula, so they put her back on the CPAP. They also did an x-ray and it looked like there was fluid in her lungs. That was probably what was making her breathing more strained. So this afternoon they gave her some Lasex, which will help her get rid of that extra fluid.
Despite all this she still had a good day. Her O2 was at 21% all day, and the CPAP was set at +5 which isn't all that high. She also tolerated all her feedings. They stayed the same today, at 10 mls., which is standard if they make a breathing change. She gained 25 grams today, so she's now 3 lbs. 1.4oz. We're still moving in the right direction. When I went to see Willow tonight she was doing good. I got to kangaroo her for over 2 hours. She did well for most of the time. At one point she got too hot, so we shed a blanket. Towards the end a new baby came in from a C-section and was crying up a storm. Willow hates it when other baby's are crying. I guess she just likes it nice and quite in general. So we put her back in her isolette, where there is less noise, and then she settled down. She was even looking all around. Speaking of looking around, Willow will have her first eye exam at some point this week. We are hoping that everything is looking great. It's a fairly quick and painless procedure, but a little stressful as they shine a light in her eye. My mom and Janna took off this afternoon at around noon. They've already called and made it home fine. Thanks again to them for coming up to keep Willow and I company. Willow did very good while grandma was here, so I guess she has to come up again soon. The weather is still garbage up here. Spring can come anytime now. Hope you are all well.
This blog follows the adventures of Lindsay, Josh and Willow Jenson. It started in 2008 as my pregnancy blog, then when our daughter was born 14 weeks early in February 2009 it morphed into a medical blog as she spent her first 105 days in the NICU. Now, thankfully, it's basically a run-of-the-mill new parent blog.