Drake and Kennedy are officially one month old today and mommy and daddy have also made it through our first month in the NICU. It has been a rough ride so far but we are so thankful for every day we have with them. This cannot go without thanking everyone out there for the non stop prayers and continued support. Friends, family and complete strangers all coming together for one cause...our precious babies health!
It seems that not one day in the NICU can go by without having some sort of scare. Today's incident was a sonogram on Drake's shoulder. I asked the nurse, "Don't you mean his knee?" Evidently the routine X-ray they do to check his lungs showed what appeared to be an abscess in his shoulder. Fortunately it came back as a false alarm. It still has potential to be joint related, but we have our hopes going in the other direction. Now to the knee, the doctor said they keep going back and forth on wether they are going to drain it or not and they are continuing to monitor it. Due to the infection he had, the doctors still want to do a lumbar puncture to check for signs of meningitis. This was not the news that I wanted to hear this morning as it is a somewhat invasive procedure. This little guy has been through enough! They are planning on doing this once the swelling goes down a bit more. This was all early in the day.
We just got back from dinner expecting to see Drake get his first bath. To our surprise, the nurse said that his blood gas levels "Don't look good." His CO2 was high, his PH was low, and he is also running hot at 100 degrees. All of these things combined and how they drastically changed, worry us a lot. He can't be getting sick again...especially after all he has been through!!!
Kennedy got to wear her very first teeny tiny outfit today...don't be mad but we did not get a picture yet. She has been swaddled in blankies all day and haven't had a good view of it yet. She is continuously moving up on feeds with adequate toleration. Much growth is in her future. Very, very close to the 3 pound mark.
I will provide a quick update in the morning on Drakes status...as you all know by now, a lot can happen in an hour at the NICU!