Monday, September 27, 2004

Gavin is on the nasal cannula now, it is just providing a little more reminder to breathe, as he is still having apnea. He is one month old today! Hopefully only 2 more to go before we leave the hospital!

Friday, September 24, 2004

Another great surprise when Mom visited at lunch time.....Gavin came off the CPAP! Now he is just getting some oxygen flowing through his isolette. They don't want to use the nasal cannula because his nose is getting pretty dried out from air being pumped through there all the time. He is at 26% oxygen (room air is 21) so that is not bad at all!

Monday, September 20, 2004

Bridie went back to work today, which was kind of hard, but will be a nice distraction. She also remembered that she actually likes her job! She starts her day at 5 am, goes to the hospital before work, during lunch, and she and Chad go in the evenings. Gavin, you have to come soon! This schedule is going to wear her out fast! To make the day better, when she went to visit for lunch, Gavin surprised her by coming off the cycled CPAP and onto the regular CPAP. Good work little man!

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Thanks Krista and Carol for hosting a great baby shower, and to everyone who came. And thanks to those of you who couldn't make it but sent presents anyway! Mom is really excited to start decorating my room!

Thursday, September 16, 2004

I came off the ventilator today. I tried the CPAP, but then had to switch to the cycled CPAP a little later. The cycled just means it gives a little more pressure with the oxygen so that I don't have to work so hard to expand my lungs with each breath. There is a small chance that I may have to go back on the vent, but the doctors are really trying to avoid it.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

I have started feeling better after being sick for a few days, Mom can tell I am starting to get back to my squirrely self! The good news is that they were able to continue feeding me this whole time, I have tolerated the feedings well, and they keep increasing how much I get. Right now it is just being dripped through a feeding tube that goes in my mouth and down to my tummy. Hopefully I will be off the vent soon.

Thursday, September 9, 2004

Today was a scary day, I came down with a blood born staph infection. While Mom knew there was an extremely high chance of that, she wasn't prepared for what it would do to me. I had to go back on the ventilator since fighting the infection has taken all of my energy and I don't have enough left to breathe very well. They have started antibiotics and say that I should start feeling better in a couple days.

Saturday, September 4, 2004

The staff was pretty ambitious today! Gavin was moved out of the little humidity tent and into an isolette. They also tried him on a nasal cannula instead of the CPAP. A CPAP maintains a constant pressure in the lungs so it is not so much work to expand them to breathe in, a nasal cannula just flows a blend of air/O2 in the nose. But he wasn't quite ready for it yet, and went back to the CPAP within a couple hours.

I got to meet my great-grandparents Lois and Joe this weekend! Thanks for coming all this way to visit me!