Thursday, October 1, 2009

Jaileigh Addison & RSV info

One year ago today we brought home our little Jaileigh-bug. She was soooo tiny and she looked even tinier once we got her out of the NICU. She was our little princess and she still is. Only now she KNOWS it! We love her and can't imagine our lives without her. We thank our Heavenly Father everyday for her!

Jaileigh 1 year ago

Miss Jaileigh today- quite sassy

Today RSV lockdown starts and goes until the end of April. No more crowded places for us. It will be a lot harder this year because the babies know when they are cooped up. They like to go places. I thought I would post our RSV letter again. A lot of people don't know what RSV is and why we are so "over protective" with our cute little munchkins! We have to be! Read on . . . .

Dear Family and Friends:

We’re writing regarding a very important matter: RSV. We want to start by saying thank you for the outpouring of support we have received from everyone. So many people have done so much for us, and every bit of help we have received truly is appreciated. We are experiencing the biggest challenge of our lives, and we’re lucky to be surrounded by so many family members and friends who have shown us so much love and support.

Most people have not heard of RSV. Babies born earlier than 36 weeks are at the highest risk for serious complications like pneumonia, bronchiolitis, and other sometimes fatal complications(DEATH). Our babies were born at 28 weeks, 12 weeks premature, are multiples, and had low birth weights; these are among the highest risk factors for contracting RSV and developing serious complications.

Preventing the spread of RSV is very difficult. Thus, we must be vigilant about keeping our babies safe during RSV season (October through April). The virus is spread through physical contact, in the air via a cough or sneeze, or by touching an infected object. The virus can live as long as six hours on hands and up to twelve hours on objects.

We ask that all visitors do the following:
1. When you arrive, please wash your hands, use hand-sanitizer as needed before touching the babies and please wear clean clothing.
2. Please, if it is possible, get a flu shot.
3. Please refrain from coming over if you are currently sick and have not been symptom-free for at least 5 days, if you live with someone who is sick, or have been in close contact with someone who is sick.
4. If you smoke, we ask that you change your clothes and shower and refrain from smoking prior to visiting, as a preemie’s lungs are very sensitive to smoke. Most RSV sites recommend against passive smoke exposure.
5. If you are parents to babies, toddlers or school-aged children, refrain from bringing them to our house during RSV season.

Unfortunately we will not be attending many events during RSV season. Our goal is to make it through this and the next RSV seasons without the babies contracting RSV or any other serious illness. Their lungs are still very fragile until they are 2-years-old. Our babies are not like "normal" babies. Being exposed to germs is not good for them and will not help build their immune systems.

Please understand that this letter is not meant to offend anyone, just simply to provide an explanation. We hope you understand, and we appreciate your help keeping our babies safe.

Love and best wishes to all!
Michael and Amber
Anthony, Michael, Jaileigh, and Jakob


Bobbi Simkins said...

wow.. that must be so hard to be on "lockdown" for so long. Dang RSV! I guess this means we will be getting lots of sick babies coming in soon :( (to the hospital where I work)

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Karmann and Ryan said...

What a jerk who ever wrote that above me! I swear people need to get a life and if you cant say anything nice dont say anything at all especially since they dont even know the whole story!!! UGGGHH!!!!

Sorry- Anyways......I am so happy that these little ones have made such great progress and so happy that you are being so firm with the RSV season! It is so worth it and I pray that they will have a good 6 months with no problems!

Sure love you guys and miss you! Hopefullly when we come again to Cal Ryan and I will be healthy cause I sure dont want to miss out on seeing you guys again! Love you!

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jennygranola said...

Hey Amber! What gorgeous babies :) and how fun to celebrate their homecoming days. That might be a cool tradition so they have their own sort of birthdays in the future. I admire your vigilance through RSV season. It's so hard. We have to circulate letters at school about what to expect from Evan. It really does help a lot. Most people are very receptive. Hope your lock down is fabulous! What fun things do you have planned? At least you can play outside in the winter there still!

love you lots! You're doing a great job! Jenny