|The NICU Experience||Aaron update 70|
||Subject: Aaron update 70
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:52 PM
From: Kevin Quick
To: Aaron Update List
Update 70! Whew.
Kathleen had a difficult time with Aaron yesterday afternoon. He apparently choked during bottle feeding, which caused him to stop breathing, turn blue, go limp, etc. The nurse was able to revive him, though. Kathleen was on edge for the rest of the afternoon. She attended the weekly class/support group at the hospital, and the women there were able to console her.
That reminds me... A week or so ago I asked nurse Lisa whether Aaron would snap out of an apnea/bradycardia by himself, if left alone long enough. Her answer was that no, a preemie babys brain isnt developed well enough to get things going again on its own. She said that thats why these apeas and bradycardias are so serious. Without intervention, theres a good likelihood that they would cause the death of the baby.
Today, Kathleen said that yesterday evening and this morning went great. She woke up wanting to see Aaron; she said that shes getting very attached to him.
Aaron lost 15 grams yesterday, but the doctor and nurses are not worried; they said that this is just part of the normal ups and downs. They did up Aarons feeds from 35cc to 39cc today, however.
A 24-weeker was brought into the NICU last night. Its a little Hispanic boy, and hes pretty good-sized for a 24-weeker, at 890 grams (Aaron was 695 grams). Kathleen met the boys dad briefly, but I guess he doesnt speak English too well.
Kathleens mom, brother and aunt are on their way to San Francisco today. Well all spend the weekend together.