50 Days in the NICU

Today is Day 50 of Coraline’s adventure in the NICU.  It has been a great one, actually.  She is down to 24% oxygen, which is as low as she’s been since she’s been intubated.  She is doing SO well that I was just informed that tomorrow is the day that she will come OFF the vent!  Woot!  They will be putting her back on the nasal IMV and hopefully her lungs will be able to handle the lighter load.  They have lowered her pressure on the vent to see how she might tolerate it and she’s doing just fine.

Other news:

  • Still hovering around that 3 pound mark
  • ROP check showed she’s still negative.  Woot!
  • She still loves her damask print in her isolette
  • Tolerating her food with very little residual
  • Things are FINALLY starting to happen in her room at home

Thought that has been nagging me:  What on earth do NICU babies dream about?

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5 Responses to “50 Days in the NICU”

  1. BeckyJanuary 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Fantastic news!!!!

  2. heidiJanuary 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    She’s beautiful, you guys! I had a NICU baby. Not this long, but enough to think about things like that. My NICU baby ended up being my best sleeper, though!

  3. Mary HogueJanuary 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    I’m happy to see her doing well. She is adorable. So happy for you

  4. ShonsieJanuary 9, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    She is so beautiful and I know you can’t wait for your precious baby to be home. Sounds like things are going very well for lil’ Coraline. Thank you for keeping us updated! I’m just curious what ROP means. Still praying for all of you and a baby is such a blessing…..

  5. ErinJanuary 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    Thanks everyone. Heidi…I am hoping for a GREAT sleeper. :-) Shonsie, ROP stands for Retinopathy of prematurity. It’s an eye disease that might have actually led to Stevie Wonder’s blindness (he was a preemie!). This gives a bit of info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retinopathy_of_prematurity