Thursday, September 3, 2009

Same Old Same Old

Invisible friends, I am taahred, and I don't mind telling you.

So, kind of a lot of no news today. Jane saw:
  • a pulmonary specialist,
  • an infectious disease specialist,
  • an opthalmologist; and
  • her usual coterie of attendings, residents, med students, nurse practitioners and nurses.

The only one who had anything new to contribute was the infectious disease specialist who suggested that she be given an extra three days' worth of antibiotics. Just in case.

Okay, and thanks for stopping by!

Jane's still on the jet. Her lungs looked a little better this morning, but aren't behaving any better. The areas of collapse are more expanded, the areas of hyperinflation are less expanded. But she's still on high oxygen (the lowest she got during the day today was 90%). So, a mixed result. They're not going to mess with her settings and see where she goes. They might put her on another three day short burst of steroids next week, but they'd rather not if they can avoid it.

Hmm. What else? This morning she weighed 1730 grams, which is 10 grams shy of doubling her birth weight. But a lot of that is probably fluid, so she'll probably get another diuretic soon.

The opthalmologist's visit was just to get her baseline. All he saw was prematurity in his exam today, which is actually excellent, in fact as good as they could hope for since there was a chance there might already be some damage from the amount of oxygen she's been getting. Her next exam is in ten days, and they'll continue to check her eyes every week or two weeks for as long as she's in the ICN.

And that's pretty much it. It's 8:30 and I am ready for bed.

4 comments:

Rachel said...

Here's hoping you get some good restful sleep. Jane, that goes for you, too!

mommatosena said...

Hugs Tia! Give in to the tired and take a nap (I know easy said...not so easy to do) maybe bed early with Sarah...sending strength and renewed energy for the days ahead! Yeah for good eye exam and things in a holding pattern for a day or so...as always continued prayers for healing and opportunities for rest...

tia said...

Thanks, ladies. Went to bed at 9:30, woke at 7:30. Another, oh, month of that and I *might* be all caught up on the rest...

Karen said...

I'm a day late but I just read your post about being tired and I thought "..tired? That girl must be exhausted!!!" Six years ago, I spent every day in a hospital for 5 weeks visiting my hubby who had a collapsed lung that wouldn't re-inflate until they finally did a 3rd surgery that fixed it and so I understand a small fraction of how the stress you are under, Tia, must be sapping all your energy. I was exhausted and I was not dealing with as serious a situation as you are and it wasn't about my baby. But sitting in the same hospital room for hours on end, the silent stress that builds as you wait for the doctor (who always gets called away on an emergency when they're supposed to come by to see you), wondering what's going to happen next, visiting the same awful cafeterias and vending machines...it is truly amazing how tired this can make you. Tia, you are so amazingly strong and obviously such a great mother to both your girls and so good to keep us all updated with this blog. Take very good care of yourself as well!!! I hope the sleep last night helped a little bit. Sending you restful, healing vibes.