Thursday, March 10, 2011

NICU: day 1 & 2

day 1 at Children's Hospital was uneventful...just the way we like it. after the shenanigans that happened the night before, sweet baby jemma spent all her time resting. we visited her often and sat beside her as we talked to her and her nurse. that night nan made us dinner and we picked it up on our way home. jemma's visitors for the day included: nana lin, lola, pawpaw, tita karla, uncle tre, tita karmie, tony, stacy, haswell, and lindsay.

when we arrived on day 2 in the NICU, we were told by the doctors that they did an echo on her heart and were monitoring what they think might be a blood clot or infection on the flap of her mitral valve. if it's a clot, they are using heparin (blood thinner) to dissolve it and if it's an infection, they are using antibiotics. they also reported that they took her off BP meds.

later that night when we went to visit jemma again, the surgeon told us that now they are not really worried about the mass. thinks it may be nothing considering her blood gases are looking good. he also reassured us that while the ECMO is pretty invasive, it's really good at treating what she has (PPHN= persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns). also, they are going to start her on lasix tonight to help her with being so swollen due to the ECMO causing her to retain fluids.

in the words of jay to his mom, "we're going to keep thinking and praying things continue for the good. another thing, she opened her eyes as best as she could when we were talking to her. i'm reconsidering grounding her and might just buy her a barbie convertible instead."

lastly, here are some pics that i have taken throughout the first two days where sweet baby jemma held her daddy's finger while he was talking to her, a pic of her with mommy and daddy, a picture of the intimidating but much needed ECMO machine, the first time i got to change her diaper, and a pic of her big sisters making cheerful cards of love for their sweet baby sis while at lola and pawpaw's house...


Poodlehead said...

It look like a monster of a machine but thank God for modern medicine.