One last day with the Oplinger clan! Such a satisfying few days. Now we could happily sleep for 100 years!
Tess is still sick, but better again. She got off the vent today! The cpap is a wonky-looking thing though, let me tell you. We missed the few hours she was on cpap when she was born, so this was new gear in our world. Apparently, she’s already pulled it out once, so even though she’s more responsible for her breathing, the feisty is returning. 🙂
The panic is subsiding, but with everyone’s urging I got over the guilt of needing to be with her today. She’s sick; our child is sick and in the hospital. Better or not, wanting to be there is justified. This really is different than when she’s eating and growing. Then it’s a patience game. It’s hard to see what’s rational and what’s worry only – but who’s opinion on that matters more than ours? With all the equipment changes, today she needed a parent.
We had great new nurses today – I love it when that happens. Having our primaries makes this more about happy parenting due to the confidence they instill; new nurses remind us of what quality people work a this NICU and how excellent her care is every day, no matter what.
Seeing her energy levels and breathing improve was so reassuring, and allowed us to concentrate on how much we miss her! Getting to hold her every day (every other day really) and then not holding her at all is abrupt, especially as we didn’t do cares either for a few days. The nurses are more efficient, so when the goal was isolation again, we let them lead and were there to comfort her only. The boringness was never unappreciated, but man! Do we want it back.
All in all, it was a pretty sedate day, with Tess and family and some small touch of productivity and predictability. We want more of that tomorrow. 🙂