Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Baby Jack



Hey everyone,

Baby Jack has had a rough couple of days over the weekend. He does in fact have some kind of infection, and the doctors are treating him with some antibiotics. Infections happen in many preemies, so we're hoping this is just a small setback. Due to the infection, they have put him in isolation. That means we have to put on gowns and gloves each time we go see him. Today he also got his "picc line," which is a tiny tube inserted into the arm that goes to a vein just outside his heart. This will hopefully limit the amount of time his little body has to be pricked for blood and other tests.

He was weighed today and he now weighs a whopping 1 pound, 7 ounces, which is about 4.5 ounces more than he was at birth. He looks a bit fuller in the picture I've attached, but he's still so tiny. His skin seems to be doing better now that the jaundice lamp is gone and after hefty doses of cream. It seemed so tight at birth, almost like he'd had a face lift - except all over his body. Now it seems like he is getting a bit of extra skin, especially in place like his eye lids where we hope we will see those two little gems sparkle for the first time in a week or two.

Conversations with his doctors are always a downer. We know they are just doing their job (and doing a good job) by telling us what is wrong and what could go wrong, but I try to balance out their medical prognosis with my own very non-medical observations: his sucking motions on his breathing tube, his reactions to our touch, and the few moments when the respiratory machine shows that he took a breath on his own. In the next couple of weeks, there will be tests on his heart and lungs, attempts to feed him milk, and tests to see if his fetal artery has closed off as it should. There are still so many hurdles for our Baby Jack to jump, but it's our job to make sure he's got a good cheering section. As always, feel free to pass along these updates,

Jon
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8 comments:

katieoz said...

Jessi, I just read this and my heart is with you! Our family is praying for yours!

Blalock said...

We are still praying.

Single Mom BB said...

Thank you for this post! I just found your blog and am reading back. My little one was born at 25 weeks (Monday will be 3 months ago). Your comments about the doctors being a downer are exactly how I feel... they are so somber and grimm, but then tell me to be optimistic.

Jessi said...

Single Mom BB,

Oh I am SO glad you found the blog!!!

Carrie Pollard said...

I stumbled upon here VIA pinterest. I have two preemies. One is a 27 weeker who was 1 lb 5 oz and she is now 6! Ther other is a 29.4 weeker and he was 3 lbs 5 oz who is now 6 1/2 months old. Preemies mean the world to me and I'm glad to have found my way here!

Jessi said...

Hi Carrie! So great to hear from a fellow preemie mama!!

Shanda Ranelle said...

I found out about your blog through Parents Magazine. I have read through several of your first posts and am sitting here crying because it all sounds so familiar. I am a mommy to a wonderful three year old, who was also a preemie! Thank you for your blog... I can't wait to read more.

Jessi said...

Hi Shanda! Thanks for introducing yourself and leaving a comment! Love to meet other preemie moms!!