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NICU

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Saturday night we got a call from my son saying that our 1 mo old granddaughter was in the ER and the hospital was going to admit her. He was home with the 2 yr old. I headed up to be with her so he could go to be with his wife and daughter. I didn't get much sleep that night because of his calls to update me. The ER hospital ended up sending the baby by a NICU ambulance to Children's Hospital.

When they took her to the hospital she was very pale and blue and congested. They put her on oxygen and IV. They took blood, urine and even did a spinal tap. The first results came back negative for RSV, pnemonia and meningitis. Monday, the tests said it wasn't bacterial but some sort of virus.

I brought my 2 yr old granddaughter home Sunday morning. We had out Bible Study/Fellowship at 5:00 pm. I offered to stay with the baby that night so her parents could go home and get some sleep. It was a long night because we were in a "ward" and heard all the other babies cry, nurses talk, alarms go off etc., plus taking care of the baby. I basically held her from 10:30pm to 3:00am. At 3:oo the nurses fixed her IV which had become crimped and gave her a bottle. It was her first real good feeding since Sat am. At that point she fell asleep in the crib and I was able to lay down on the cot. I got some "sleep", but every hour I was "awakened" by a baby crying etc.

The baby had a rough day on Monday -- they had to up her oxygen level (they had lowered it Sun night) and she was very congested. She had to have vacuum suction because the bulb syringe wasn't getting anything. Mon night the hospital moved her to a private room in the NICU. That was nice because my son and his wife were able to sleep a lot better. The room had a bed that was curtained off for the parents.

Today she has been doing better. She is off oxygen and they are able to use the bulb syringe. There is talk that she might be able to go home tomorrow.

Meanwhile, last night (mon) my dad called to say he was in the ER. He was extremely dehydrated and had severe gout and was unable to walk. He was put on IV to get hydrated and was sent home at 2:30am. He is doing better today, but is on a clear liquid and yogurt diet.

Also, my husband went to the doctor on Mon and has a huge kidney stone. He will be have lithrotripsy in the next month to get it broken up.

Needless to say, my diet and exercise went out the window the last couple of days! I will be back on track hopefully tomorrow and will be able to get to the gym.

One fun thing though - I took the plunge and got my hair cut (about 6 inches off) on Sat. I haven't had it this short in over 10-15 years. I do like it.


Weekly (March 6-12):
A) Go to Balance Fitness at least 3 times a week
B) Do at least 5 days of cardio
C) 3 days of Strength training

Daily: 3/8
A) Practice portion control emoticon
B) Drink at least 8 cups of water emoticon (10)
C) Blog emoticon
D) Log food/exercise emoticon
E) Exercise for at least 10 min before I get on SparkPeople emoticon
F) High protein/low carb emoticon
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  • NEWEVERYMORNING
    I'm praying for you and your family Carrie. You have had more than your share of illness. I will pray for health, comfort, joy and happiness for all of you. Our God is faithful and generous with His favor.
    3514 days ago
  • PEPPERMINT125
    Glad everyone in your family seems to be healing. My husband has had kidney stones so I hope your husband is not in too much pain! Will be thinking and praying for your family members. emoticon Hope you get to catch up on your rest.
    3516 days ago
  • LKWQUILTER
    Carrie, when it rains it pours. Praying that all will get well soon. Caregiving really takes a lot out of people--I know. Sure hope all your "patients" are good ones and please remember to take care of Carrie too. ((HUGS))
    3517 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1951302
    Wow, what a stressful few days! You are a trooper!
    3518 days ago
  • BECKYI39
    Wow you have gone through a lot. Glad to hear that the appropriate steps are being taking for healing of all your loved ones. I want to see the haircut!!! emoticon
    3518 days ago
  • NOTSPEEDY
    What a stressful week. Glad to hear everyone is doing better. Don't forget to take some time to rest after all this stress.

    Love you,
    Yvonne
    3518 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8117576
    Sending you some prayers for health in your family and that your grandbaby comes home soon and continues to show improvement.
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    3518 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3035359
    Wow, now that's a tough week! There truly are times when we really can't put ourselves and our diet first! Your family are so lucky to have your help!

    Glad to hear that everyone is on the upswing!

    Here's to a better week!

    Tina
    3518 days ago
  • KATHIERAE
    emoticon So glad things are on the "upswing" again, what a rough couple days for your family!! emoticon
    3518 days ago
  • COACHKRYSTIE
    Prayers coming your way
    3518 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5826188
    Wow, it all happens once doesn't it, try and take some time for you! Hope things continue to improve for all of you
    3518 days ago
  • JULIAOAK
    good to hear that baby is doing much better as is your dad. sounds like you need some extra rest as well!! emoticon emoticon
    3519 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4592528
    What a lot to deal with at once! Hope everyone is much better tomorrow! Take care of yourself and get some rest, OK?
    3519 days ago
  • SNUZSUZ
    Wow! You have really been going through it! My prayers are with you and your family! emoticon
    3519 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1315172
    Hugs! Aren't you glad we can trust God through it all? Where is the pic of the haircut?
    3519 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6427585
    Oh my gosh! That is just so scary with that baby! My eldest got meningitis at age 2 weeks and was in the hospital for the next 2.5 weeks! They did FIVE spinal taps over that period! (back then meningitis was not as easily treated as it is today!) I sure hope your little one gets to come home tomorrow. But BEST to make sure she really is well enough first. I wonder what it was... blue baby... that is too scary!

    Hope you get a good night's rest tonight.

    OH! Do we get to see a picture of the haircut? emoticon
    3519 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/8/2011 9:24:37 PM
  • GOOZLEBEAR
    Wow, you really have a lot going on, I sure wouldn't worry about the diet and exercise right now. Sure will be praying for your sweet granddaughter and for her healing, also for your dad. Glad to hear the baby is doing so much better!!!

    Hope you get some sleep soon! emoticon
    3519 days ago
  • NEVERORNOW
    So glad to hear the baby is doing a lot better and that your dad is recovering. Will keep them in my prayers along with your husband. You sure have been thru a lot these past few days! I hope you're able to get some good sound sleep tonight!!! emoticon
    3519 days ago
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