The NICU Experience Aaron update 11
The NICU Experience
Later Updates
Subject: Aaron update 11
Date: Friday, December 13, 2002 11:46 AM
From: Kevin Quick
To: Aaron Update List

I talked with Aaron’s 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 baby’s 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 they’re 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 isn’t quite “taking” yet. However, Lisa said that Aaron has a little present for her on every diaper change, which is very good. They’ll probably try another feeding tomorrow (Saturday).

He’s 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 Aaron’s infection. Since they did this lab work, they’re confident that the antibiotic they chose will do the trick.

Aaron still has not had any “A’s” nor “B’s” 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.)

We’ll be heading back down to SF in an hour or so. It’s raining, and will be all weekend, but that’s OK. We have new tires on the Honda that are rated very highly for wet-weather traction (Anybody need new tires? Check out We’ve got plenty of wet-weather driving ahead of us this winter.

Have a good weekend, everyone. We’ll keep the updates coming.

Love, Kevin, Kathleen & Aaron