Day 8: Slowly But Surely

Today was much the same as the past few days: lots of cuddle shifts, some skin to skin. Today’s skin to skin was a bit distressing for me — it was right before one of Ambrose’s scheduled feeds, so of course he was going crazy smelling my milk and trying to find his source of food. Poor kid was banging his head up against my chest and screaming!

The exciting news: we are going up on feed volume rather quickly. He is doing great with the milk, knock on wood. No reflux or nothin’. His pediatric PICC line has already started to clot, argh, but as soon as we can get him on enough nutrition through his belly, they can take it out. So it’s a bit of a race against time. If the PICC line does clot, though, they’re not going to reinsert it; instead, they’ll give him an IV, as it will only be in for a fairly short amount of time.

He’s doing great with oxygen as well. Today we finally brought his flow down to a 4, and come 4 p.m. his oxygen saturation was doing so well that the nurse actually reduced his FiO2 to 26%. I’m typing this at 4:45. If he does well at this percentage, she’ll bring the flow down to a 3, which is where he needs to be to start oral feeds and get that awful NG tube out of his nose. That said, he is still breathing a bit faster than they’d like for him to be, so I think he’ll need to slow his roll before he can get on the boob.

All in all, it feels like progress, albeit slow progress. He did end up needing a dose of morphine last night, but the doctor said that one dose in two days is actually quite remarkable.

How is Mom? Typing this later in the day, not so good, physically speaking. It appears I’ve already developed my first case of mastitis. It came on ridiculously suddenly: fever, one-sided pain, chills. The classic stuff. Not fun at all.  So right now I’m sitting in Urgent Care, facing a two-hour wait for some antibiotics. They say that one of the reasons for developing it is overdoing it, so I guess I’m going to have to really take it easy from now on. Which super, super stinks. I really want to spend all my time with my baby. If they could just wheel in a hospital bed for me to lay in next to him, that would be super fantastic.

Alas. I’ll just have to tough this one out and hope that Ambrose continues to improve without quite so much of Mom’s TLC.

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6 thoughts on “Day 8: Slowly But Surely”

  1. Hang in there, mom! We will pray your problem clears up quickly. So glad to hear Ambrose is doing well. I hope they can get the NG tube out soon. Serenity came home from the hospital with hers still in but she pulled it out shortly and fortunately they did not need to put it back in as she was feeding good enough without it.

  2. Emily, you are one incredible mama. Not one in a million even, that’s not rare enough. To take us all through your journey with Ambrose during the most critical, scary time of his life is such a remarkable feat. I look forward to your updates, with all the jargon and “English” translations and your matter-of-fact translations for us. I worked with your mama on Circle Of Caring at GGH a million years ago and I know what a foundation of love and care he has been born into.

    Many prayers and blessings are prayed for your sweet little family and I hope he continues to improve in leaps and bounds! Bless all of you!!!

  3. Isn’t it crazy amazing how mom’s body does all this stuff in reaction to baby’s needs..I remember soo many years ago with my 1st child, I never felt so awed by it all…it’s all so great…

    1. The Mom and baby are so physically and emotionally dependent on each other it is no wonder that you, Emily, are having a challenge with slowing down enough to rest!!…Praying for you all 🙂

  4. From Claire, patient of Kate the midwife. Also former hospital lactation consultant). Oh, yes, rest. But isnt there anyplace you can lie down there at the hospital? Have you asked? I know you and Ambrose need to be near each other. Rest is also key for keeping up your milk supply. You will keep doing your best, and soon you two will go home together.

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