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October 30, 2005

Preemie Daisy graduates from caffiene

[Ed. Note: Yet another installment from my blog on the March of Dimes web site. I wrote this post on Aug. 17 and it details Daisy's discontinuation of caffiene (used to remind her to breath) inconjunction with lowering of her 02 - again. Here feeding growth is also detailed.]

Yesterday when we got to the hospital her nurse Judy (my favorite nurse in the NICU) told us that they had made one big change in orders that morning. NO MORE CAFFIENE! They are not only weaning her from her O2 (30 cc's now) but the caffeine as well - whoohoo! So now we have a decaffeinated baby. Only parents of preemies would think that's funny ya know.

Daddy got to nipple her yesterday, and she took 15 cc's with him after having taken 20 cc's during her "second breakfast." It's so much better to feed her with a bottle than push the plunger on the syringe. She let her daddy hold her, and for the first 15 minutes or so, each time he tried to take the bottle away she'd suck like crazy. After a bit we could tell she just wanted to sleep, so Judy put the rest of her grub in the syringe. I'm just so happy that she took as much as she did.

I'm going to give the hospital a jingle shortly to check on her blood gasses - they have been really good, even without the extra O2, so hopefully she will continue that trend.

Daisy also got some new neighbors yesterday - the twins we were originally with went home and now, we have new twins! They were both due on Daisy's original due date, born at 34 weeks though. IT was exciting to see that Daisy is really keeping pace with them, weighing only 2 ounces less than the smaller one. Oh, speaking of weight, even with her poopies yesterday (four of them!) she still gained another 1/2 ounce, so she's almost 4 pounds 13 ounces today.

Well, I am off to start my day and perhaps head to the hospital a little earlier than usual. Hope you're all well.

Posted by sam at October 30, 2005 08:23 AM in Daisy rant

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