Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: NICU

Family Bed in the HospitalBed sharing in the hospital, trying to maintain
some level of normalcy for Sasha.

Spencer in NICU - 12 hoursGoing 12 hours without seeing our baby...
then finding him with tubes and leads.

Family in NICUOnly finding very rare opportunities
to visit the NICU as a family.

Breastfeeding in NICUBreastfeeding on someone else's schedule, not to mention times when NICU is closed so our baby isn't available at all.

Spencer under Bili Light in NICUTreatments...

Spencer's Hearing Test in NICUtests...

Heel sticks from NICU stayand booboos.

Sasha sleeping UNDER the bedRunning on sleep deprivation and trying to be an
attachment parent to 2 children that aren't
permitted in the same room together.

Sasha & Spencer, together at last!Sasha & Spencer, together at last!
This somehow makes all the rest melt away.

Mamatography 2012
Tune in next week when my participation in the Mamatography project will officially start.

I'm taking photos now, but they'll start posting next week.

20 comments:

  1. I remember all those heel pricks on my little guy. You are right, it does all melt away. Glad you all are together at last.

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    1. I enjoy gently rubbing lotion into his poor dry feet (he was in a heated bed for a while!). I just want him to know that he *can* be touched gently on his feet!

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  2. I can definitely relate. 2 months in the NICU. Commuting an hour each way every. Single. Day. Going home to my 2 yr old, nursing her and pumping for her sister. Going days without holding my baby because of health issues. I very much believe my husband and I both suffer from PTSD now because of everything that's happened in the past 8 months. Glad you're finally all together.

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    1. I would not doubt for a *second* that one could suffer from PTSD after all that! I can not imagine! I had a very rough year as well, but having my sweet, sweet baby boy at home snuggled in bed next to me makes 2012 seem so much more promising!

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  3. The NICU CLOSES?!?! That's ridiculous! When Burkley was in the NICU, we could come and go anytime. And there was a room down the hall we could stay in. Or, the would put a cot in his room where we could stay, though I chose not to do that because who could sleep with those glaring bili lights? I do regret not staying with him though. :(

    So glad you guys are home together!!!!!

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  4. What a journey! I'm so happy you're all together, and hopefully on the road to, eventually, one day catching up on sleep. That last picture is just precious.

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  5. Thanks for sharing so much of your journey, Jorje! So many ups and downs, but what an amazing family to show for it!

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  6. My heart goes out to you and yours. Our boys were in the NICU for 3 weeks 6 and I know sometimes it can seem like those days will never end, as if your life is on pause. Then suddenly they are home and you can breath again and start anew as a family. May many blessings come to you all during these days. ((hug))

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  7. I didn't want to mention it while you were still trying to deal with the NICU, but now that you're all home together:
    That NICU has got to be one of the crappiest I've heard of in terms of taking care of a newborn's emotional well-being. Babies in the NICU, IMO, need to have their family around MORE often. I've seen NICU's close for 1/2 hour twice a day when shifts change, but that's it. And that whole lock-down thing was bullshit. And, with all of the testing they had to do, why wouldn't they just use a butterfly line into a vein on his head and leave it in. Heel pricks are PAINFUL, especially so many in the same area.

    OK, I'm done bitching. I've just been holding that in for a while, feeling especially bad for you, Spencer, Brian, and Sasha.

    I'm so glad you're out of there!

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    1. I wrote a review of their services and sent it to *several* people at the hospital. (I sent it to HR, Nursing, Labor & Deliver, Quality Services, and the boss over the NICU!)

      I did get a response from 1 of these people. She thanked me for my feedback and said that it was enlightening. She made it sound like they might change the way they do a couple of things. One can hope - not that it will benefit me since I'm done making babies. But maybe others will benefit.

      Oh, also, Elmo did NOT want an IV in Spencer's head if we could avoid it. He had one in his hand. Then eventually had to switch for one in his foot. Then I caught them trying to put one in his head and asked them to please save it as a last resort (which we had already requested, actually.) Since it was feeding time, they said they'd wait til I nursed him, then try again on his other foot. While I was nursing, the doctor came around and said he didn't need the IV meds anymore - NO MORE IV! Timing really saved us on that one!

      I get the impression that even if they DID have an IV in his head, they still would have done heel sticks. I'm not sure about all the science behind that.

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  8. Oh, so sweet! I love the breastfeeding picture especially.

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    1. Of course! Because BF pics are *always* awesome! :-D

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  9. Aw hon. This made actual tears well up in my eyes. A beautiful post.

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  10. So glad you are home together at last. onelove

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  11. What a gorgeous family. I'm glad you are home at last.

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  12. Oh! This was so touching. That picture of Spencer with the earphones on made me giggle. He looks so long-suffering.

    I'm so glad you're together as a family now! What an ordeal to go through after a birth. Spencer's so lucky to have you guys as his family, and vice versa is true as well. :)

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    1. I love the hearing shot! I wish I had taken the camera with us for his follow up screening. They strapped him into those same kind again. I even used that shot for my Spencer icon on my journal!

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  13. I was mortified to see the photo of your infants foot! Being a phlebotomy educator for over 12 years I can tell you that they should NEVER have stuck him where they did. Heelsticks should only be performed on the medial or lateral planter surface of the foot. You are very lucky that infection or injury did not occur.

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    1. not even for blood sugar checks? That was the main thing they were drawing there. They did the same exact thing to Sasha when she was born.

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