32w0d – Day of Life 21

Nora is 3 weeks old already!  And I’ve made it through 21 days in the NICU.  I know, not nearly as many as some families, but I’m celebrating small victories.  I realize the doctors have to tell me Nora will be in the NICU until her due date, but I’ve heard talk she could be home sooner.  My own personal goal for her is May 15th, which is only 38 more days!

Nora is very close to 3 lbs. 9 oz. now, hard to believe she is growing so quickly!  She was busy today, pulling out her feeding tube, twice!  Poor girl hates it, but for the time being, it’s still essential.  I was told we might be able to try breastfeeding soon, but no mention of it was made today.  Her oxygen is now at 1/4 of a liter.  I’m told some doctors will go down to 1/8 next, while others will just remove the oxygen all together.  Wow, are we really ready for that soon??  We shall see I guess!

I’m feeling good, but if you can believe it I’m back on another round of antibiotics.  My OB/GYN called me this morning to let me know the tissue from my D&C grew e coli.  Yeah.  I know at this point it doesn’t really help to speculate how Nora got sick, but it sure makes me wonder now.  Looking back, I told my (awful) nurse twice that I thought I was leaking amniotic fluid, but again, I was told they didn’t want to check me.  Is it possible I got the infection while I was in the hospital while we waited for the steroids to work?  If I did pass the e coli to Nora, would it have been prevented if I’d had a c-section?  I don’t know, maybe I’ll never know, and maybe I shouldn’t even worry about it at this point.  I’m going to try to focus on the positive, Nora is doing really well, and I am too.  Thankfully I can still pump and feed the milk to Nora while on the oral antibiotics for the next 10 days.  All will be well.

I told myself I was going to write out thank-you notes tonight, we shall see if that happens!  I need to pump again at 7 pm, so any minute, and gosh, bed sounds nice.  And oh, the laundry…  And the dishes…  And Kona wants attention…

I honestly can’t wait for the day Nora comes home and her and I can just cuddle at home all day!

Oh, and I’ve been adding more pictures to Nora’s scrapbook, the link is http://stefanie.smugmug.com/Nora-Mae if you’re interested!

24 thoughts on “32w0d – Day of Life 21

  1. Yikes about the E. coli! I think your approach is wise; I would have a hard time not dwelling on the what-ifs. It’s so great to read about Nora growing and doing so well. I am so relieved and hoping you get to bring her home in May.

    What made you think you were leaking amniotic fluid? I ask because on a couple of occasions recently I worried about that myself but I don’t know how to tell the difference between normal pregnancy discharge (which my OB said would be in greater abundance this pg’y than with our son) and amniotic fluid. If you have any tips I’d be grateful.

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    1. I actually didn’t think I was leaking fluid until I was in the hospital. I was wearing just a gown, no panties or liner like usual. I was allowed to get out of bed only to go to the bathroom, and several times when I got up I felt liquid gush out and noticed the inside of my thighs were wet. When I questioned the wetness the nurse told me it was likely just the lubricant used to check me. I was only checked once though, and really, how much lubricant could they have really used??

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      1. Yeah. That doesn’t sound right. I’m sorry that you were not heard. I think it’s important to bring things like that up with the doctors when nurses blow us off but the system is geared to make us feel like we are overreacting or paranoid and discourages us from feeling entitled to voice our concerns and expect those concerns to be heard and properly investigated. This is why medical malpractice claims will never go away. Humans are fallible.

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  2. The new pictures of Nora are awesome! I love the one where she is smiling, and sucking her thumb, what a little sweetheart. You can tell by the pictures she is getting stronger and stronger everyday.
    I can’t believe the doctors called and said that some of the tissue from the D&C grew e coli! Hopefully this round of antibiotics will get rid of everything.

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    1. The D&C was done by my own OG/GYN. I haven’t seen her since before the birth during my monthly checkups. It’s too bad too, because I really like my doctor… Sadly I can’t say the same for most of the other physicians here.

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  3. I’m so, so happy that Nora is doing well! Happy first three weeks in the world, Nora :). You’re going to keep getting stronger and stronger, sweet pea!! Wouldn’t it be amazing to have her home for Mother’s Day? (It’ll be amazing to have her home any day!!) And I’m sorry to hear about all of the trouble you’ve been having post-delivery, Stef :(. As you can imagine, I did a LOT of reading about infection after ruptured membranes when my water’s broke with Baby B…it’s disheartening how common it is, especially once the cervix is open, since any discharge creates a pathway for infection. At least the source of the uterine pain has finally been found and can be treated once and for all!

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      1. That would be great! But also remember that when she starts nursing it is very very likely that she will go back on because of all the extra energy it requires to suck, swallow and breathe at the same time!

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          1. Both my kids went on and off as they learned to breathe better but also nursed more. The nurses told me that is very normal. Both my kids were on oxygen until two days before they came home.

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              1. They always do that because there is also such thing as too high oxygen. They don’t want them using oxygen and sitting at 100% all day every day I they don’t need the support. Has to do with their eyes. That’s why it’s a constant off, on and up,down. At certain gestation the oxygen parameters move as well – has that happened yet?

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