Smells Like Bipap

It’s been seven months of breathing support in some form of another: from the CPAP to the ventilator to biphasic; then back to CPAP, highflow, CPAP, highflow, eventually making our acquaintance with Mr. Bipap who will be coming home with us. Over time, Don and I—and all of you, to some extent—have become comfortable with the terminology and the image of a child needing extreme respiratory support. Don and I speak cavalierly of taking off the mask and putting it back on, something that we’ve become accustomed to since the beginning of March, and you’ve become accustomed to seeing photos with both the mask and the low-flow nasal cannula. But did you ever stop to think about what happens in that moment where we go from the nasal prongs to the bipap mask?


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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9 Responses to Smells Like Bipap

  1. Lynn Duncan says:

    Awww, she was so happy, too!

    Love all of her verbalizing, but hard to hear her cry.

    Dad is doing great with all the gear and the all important soother..

    We all look to the day when Mr Bipap is no longer needed, but glad he is there to do his job now.

  2. robyn says:

    shes such a lil trooper ❤

    and nice job don being quick and efficient 🙂

  3. Max's Mum says:

    I think Max was having CPAP flashbacks as we watched the Bipap go on. He started fussing and crying out at the screen as soon as Nyana did.
    Nyana, you’re such a superstar!!

  4. Tasha says:

    Samara thinks this is Presley… “Esey? Esey? Esey! Cry? Cry? Cry!”.

  5. Chantal says:

    She is some sorta pissed! At least it’s Daddy to the rescue!

  6. Sue Curtice says:

    Awwwwww I know how it is to have to put a mask on a baby because they need it and have him cry since he didn’t like the mask. My son went through about 10 yrs of nebulizer treatments. In time, I swear having a treatment ended up being what helped him go to sleep. It’s funny how some things just become routine. 🙂

  7. Stopping by from vancouver mom to say congrats on your nomination. I nearly cried watching the video, she did look happy. Sad our babes don’t realize what we do for them is because we love them and daddy was so good with her. I think what got me was when you were filming and went awwwwww…

    Love the post!

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