As we went from L&D to the Mommy and baby floor, we had a chance to stop by the NICU to see our baby girl. I begged to take a picture with my phone. I saw the nurse's eyes go wide. I realized this must be one of the areas where cell phone use is prohibited. I frded meaked out and told my husband to put the phones in airplane mode. The nurse said if it rings, some of the ventilators will turn off. I panicked inside. My husband handed me his phone, I frantically changed it to airplane mode. I ordered him to find my phone and do the same. Then I focused on getting a picture. I carefully turned the flash off and snapped 1 picture. She was so small and terrifying. We hadn't washed up coming in, I was terrified we were going to make her sick. I asked to leave so we could keep her safe.
We make brief visits over the day and we're told she's doing amazingly well from a respiratory standpoint. She is breathing over the vent and doing a lot of the work herself.
Later, a nurse practitioner came by and told us that she was doing amazing things from a respiratory standpoint. They decided to extubate her and switch her to something called [letters I can't possibly remember as overwhelmed as I was]. Later, my mother in law is able to guess the acronym and tell me what it means, she's a respiratory therapist and super smart in these things. She went from the vent to non invasive positive pressure ventilation (NIPPV).
When I went to visit her for the last time at around 9:30, they told me she was rocking that as well. Her blood gasses were excellent and by morning, they expected her to be on CPAP. They assured me I could call and check on her whenever I wanted overnight. I called every time I pumped.
Height: 12 3/4 inches (32.385)
Weight: 1lb 11oz (5301.36)
Pump Total: 1 ml (8 pumps)