I realised this morning after chatting with the paediatrician that the homecoming is not as imminent as I hoped. Â Their feeding is not where it needs to be yet and even though C can do a couple of oral feeds a few in a row, she’ll have to prove herself over a few days. Â Realistically, I think we’re at least two weeks away, and we still face the possibility of transfer.
Also, B had several “bradys” today where her heart slowed down and then her oxygen level drops. Â It’s very common in prems, but she needs to be entirely free of those before homecoming. Â The doctor heard a new murmur, so they ordered a whole slew of heart testing, including an ECG and an echocardiogram. Â When the docs came by on rounds I said “I’m a bit worried, so please tell me what you hopefully didn’t find.” Â The cardiologist said “All you need to worry about it is how little sleep you’re going to get when she comes home.” Â Phew. Â She put on some weight though – up over 2 kilos now.
Both girls are more awake and alert now too – and they get mad when they are not being held, which is lovely.
Please do send some good thoughts to all NICU babies tonight. Â It was packed tonight – there are 61 babies right now for 60 beds, and lots of them are very ill.