I haven't had Internet access for awhile because I moved. Ronald McDonald House moved me to a real house. Hooray! They RM house has 21 bedrooms (yes with locks on the doors) with bathrooms, one great big nice kitchen, living room, dining room, TV room, play room, laundry room, and a game room. All 21 families share all this. It is a very nice house! Because the babies will be coming home at separate times and I have 4 of them, the people at Ronald McDonald allowed us to move into one of their 3 single houses. The house is a duplex and RM owns the whole thing. I have my own kitchen, bathroom, living room/dining room. It will be very nice once the babies come home. Mike isn't able to stay with me because of the dogs. Very frustrating for both of us! Sometimes our friend (Karen) stays with the dogs and Mike is able to stay with me. Thank you Karen!!!!!
I will figure out the Internet situation so that I can start posting regularly again and with pictures.
Now for the important stuff!
Anthony 1360 g which is 3 lbs even
Michael 1540 g which is 3 lbs 6 ozs
Jaileigh is also 1360 g and 3 lbs even
and Jakob is 1245 g this is 2 grams less than 2 lbs 12 ozs
Jakob and Jaileigh are at 7 cc/hr feedings. They have been taken off their lipids and TPN. They no longer need the extra nutrition because they are eating normal feeds. They will be able to have their PICC lines removed after they finish their Fluconazole (diflucan). This is a drug they have been receiving since birth to treat for any possible fungals they would get. Anthony and Michael are both at 5 cc/hr and will be caught up soon.
The doctor is keeping them at continuous feeds for awhile longer to keep away any possibility of getting NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis). NEC usually occurs in babies that weigh less than 1500 grams. The tissue in the digestive tract dies.
Here are SOME of the things are babies go through on a regular basis:
* TPN lab draws on Wednesdays
* The RT (respiratory therapists) were doing blood gas labs every day, then every other and now on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
* Bili levels on the gas lab days.
* Glucose tests- every night.
* Vitamin A shots Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
* Caffeine- given through their PICC every night
* Difluconazole- every 48 hours for 2 weeks and then every 24 hours
* Every 6 hours they get bactriban on their noses to prevent break down from the nasal cannula's
* Glycerine suppository every 24 hours if they have not stooled on their own
They have a feeding tube down their throat. This gets changed every morning. Sometimes the babies will pull it out and they will have to replace it a second time. They are being monitored for oxygen saturation, heart rate, and respiration rate constantly. Blood pressure is taken once a day during day shift.
A positive they get to look forward to is kagarooing. What a life they have!
I believe that Heavenly Father blesses them that they will not remember any of the bad things that have happened to them. They will only remember the good.
Rachel and Haley turned 8 years old!!!
20 hours ago