|The NICU Experience||Aaron update 11|
||Subject: Aaron update 11
Date: Friday, December 13, 2002 11:46 AM
From: Kevin Quick
To: Aaron Update List
I talked with Aarons primary day nurse Lisa this morning (she has her back to us in the attached photo; the other nurse is Barbara, a respiratory therapist). Lisa is an excellent nurse, and seems to have a special love for Aaron, which is nice. (Aaron has 3 primary nurses; one for each shift. They become a babys primary nurse by personal choice.)
Lisa said that Aaron is doing great today. His blood gases dipped a little bit yesterday, but they recovered and are doing well today, so theyre keeping him on the nasal CPAP. He has had 3 feeds so far, each of which has had some green stuff (bile) afterward, so the feeding isnt quite taking yet. However, Lisa said that Aaron has a little present for her on every diaper change, which is very good. Theyll probably try another feeding tomorrow (Saturday).
Hes on day 5 (of 10) of his antibiotics. The green stuff that they found while removing his breathing tube was some kind of fungus. In the lab, they tested a half dozen different antibiotics before settling on the ideal one to fight Aarons infection. Since they did this lab work, theyre confident that the antibiotic they chose will do the trick.
Aaron still has not had any As nor Bs for Lisa, which is very good, and very unusual, according to her. (A correction: bradycardia is a SLOWING of the heartbeat, not a cessation of the heartbeat. I confirmed this with Lisa. Thanks for the correction, Mom, along with the proper spelling.)
Well be heading back down to SF in an hour or so. Its raining, and will be all weekend, but thats OK. We have new tires on the Honda that are rated very highly for wet-weather traction (Anybody need new tires? Check out www.tirerack.com). Weve got plenty of wet-weather driving ahead of us this winter.
Have a good weekend, everyone. Well keep the updates coming.
Love, Kevin, Kathleen & Aaron