When You’re Up, You’re Up

Hooray for good weekends! Nyana continued her upswing this weekend and has left her Dad and I feeling relieved, optimistic, and more in love with her than ever before. After a few consecutive days of weight loss, she’s been packing it on for the past few days, at a rate of about a hundred grams a day, and now weighs in at a hefty 1,880 grams. Folks, we have a four pound baby. They’re even going to stop fortifying her milk, ’cause she’s almost starting to look a bit pudgy.

Chub chub

As she comes up on her weight, she’s coming down on her morphine and oxygen. She’s now on half the morphine she was five days ago, and at the rate they’re weaning her, our little addict will hopefully be clean by Tuesday. Once she’s off the drugs, the IV in her arm can come out, and she can start wearing clothes again. She’s the only girl in our nursery, and she’s been in nothing but a diaper for almost a week. Her father is not impressed.

On the ventilator, I’ve been happily watching with every shift change as all the bad numbers go down and the good numbers go up. She even enjoyed an hour out of her solarium with me today, my first cuddle with her in a week. There had been rumours on Friday night about a possible extubation today, which I’m glad I didn’t get excited about because it didn’t happen. But she’s on the right track now; where last week she needed 85—100% oxygen to barely keep her saturations in check, she’s now at about 60% and satting high. For those of you not living in a NICU, this means things are good.

Nyana satting at 92

The green line is heart rate, the white is respiratory rate, and the blue is the oxygen saturation. We spend a lot of time staring at that blue line.

And as if her little victories aren’t enough for one weekend, I got to show her off twice in as many days! A dear friend of mine from high school was in town, and visited the NICU to meet Nyana. And I was pleasantly surprised by an impromptu visit from an old colleague of mine. Steve, if you’re reading, thanks again for the gift. It’s already hanging above her crib.

Coming home from the hospital yesterday afternoon, I texted Don to ask if we needed anything. He asked me check a few places along the way for a pumpkin he could carve during the hockey game. (For those who don’t know, The Karen & Donners Show has always had a special Halloween episode that includes the elaborate carving of two or three pumpkins each. We were bummed when we realized we wouldn’t have the time this year.) Unable to carve a pumpkin, Don pulled out the construction paper and opted for an afternoon of arts and crafts instead. Nyana’s nurses appreciated it.

Nyana's Board

I want to hope that we won’t be decorating this same space for Christmas, but I know that she’s the only one who can really decide when she’s ready to come home. And until then, we’ll just keep on hoping for days like this.

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About Mrs. B

Wife, mother, marketer--not always in that order. Lover of fine food, good company, and exceptional grammar. Mother of one former micro-preemie and one full-term monster baby. Building childhood memories in Vancouver's suburbs.
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4 Responses to When You’re Up, You’re Up

  1. Anne Brackett says:

    I am impressed with what I read this morning at 7A.M. my time.I guess some of the prayers have been answered. You just want to pick her up and cuddle her. Best news in awhile. Love to all. Mom

  2. Linda says:

    After reading Nyana’s blog last week, with tears in my eyes, it was so good to read about her huge progress over the weekend and those tears have been replaced with smiles. My once tiny “ladybug” has outgrown the nickname I had bestowed upon her and now Grannie must find a more appropriate and “bigger” name for her. But if she continues to grow at the rate she is now I will have to find a few new names for her. Maybe it would be best if I just wait until she finally goes home and then I will give her a permanent special name. I don’t know about you but I think Nyana deserves a special name!! So, for the time being, I’ll say, “I love you, Ladybug”
    Grannie

  3. Lynn Duncan says:

    Oh, pudgy is a good thing!!! Love the artwork, but Nyana’s the best sight still..

  4. Shannon says:

    Great news! And that’s an excellent picture of her, she looks so much bigger!

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